On Listening + Being Quiet

I have been quiet lately.

I had a friend reach out to me recently saying she missed my social media posts.

This gave me pause.

The thing is, there is SO MUCH STUFF coming at us right now. Everyone has something to say, and to be honest most of it is bullshit. I’m not going to barrage you with advice or halfhearted inspiration or self-serving shares. And HONESTLY: not everything I think or say is important. I need space, and I’d venture to guess you may too.

I’ve been quiet, and I’ve been listening. I’ve been living life and hope you have been too. Life is beautiful and wonderful and full of tears and frustration and magic. Let’s experience it.

See you out there {or here}

Gratitude, service and yoga

This past weekend I was blessed with the opportunity to lead a group of lovely yogis in a mindful asana practice followed by an open discussion regarding yoga and body image at Yoga Roots in Atlanta, Georgia. I am a community partner for the Yoga and Body Image Coalition and this was the first of I hope many events to follow.  Yoga truly is for every body and it is vital that we keep spreading the message and continue to improve on our accessibility for all.

I am not a huge fan of putting myself out there, so leading this event was pretty nerve-wracking. I had to pause for a few moments to breathe deeply and ground myself. However, I must say that this was absolutely worth it. Being uncomfortable can lead to positive growth and change, and it is always good to be reminded of that. The thoughts shared during the discussion were eye-opening, humbling and thought-provoking. It was clear that the group could have talked for much longer, and the deeper we go with this the more there will be to share. Change! Growth! Knowledge!

How awesome is that?!

PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE FEARS: On Self-Promotion

Self-promotion. I don't take this lightly- it is a concept that has brought up SO MANY complex feelings as a yoga teacher who strives for a balance between humility and self-confidence. I put myself out there because I truly believe in what I do, and I love what I do authentically. I try to not barrage you all with too much self-promotion and try to avoid giving off the vibe of "look at me!" "like me!" and "spend your money on my events!"; I know that you all work hard for your money. I know it is not feasible for some of you. That is why I try to offer classes and events at different price points. Everyone should have access to good yoga. Look for more accessible classes and events in the future: accessibility financially, physically, socially, geographically and spiritually regardless of background.

If there is something you are craving from your yoga, please shoot me a message. Email me. Reach out to me and let me know and I will work hard to bring these things to you.

I will also work hard on moving past my own fears and put myself out there for you. Trust me, it's not easy. It's raw, scary and fear-inducing- but it's also exhilarating and totally worth it when I see the lights come on in my students' eyes. We are all in the journey together and I am thankful for each and every one of you- whether you "like" me or not :)

Blessings,

Emily

Update: Yoga and Body Image Coalition Community Partner!

I am beyond thrilled, humbled and blessed to now be a Community Partner for the Yoga and Body Image Coalition! It is important that yoga be accessible to everyone regardless of background, gender, sex, class, race or body makeup.

 

Our coalition is committed to developing, promoting and supporting yoga that is accessible, body-positive and reflects the full range of human diversity. We advocate yoga as an essential tool in personal transformation, from the inside out, including a critical social justice component. We inform, educate and work with organizations that are ready to shift the current media paradigm to one that is more inclusive, equitable and just, and challenge industry leaders and media creators to expand their vision of what a yogi looks like.

More information: Yoga and Body Image Coalition

 

because i always come back to this.

During a particularly challenging time in my life, I found this post by Liz DiAlto on thedailylove.

 Liz DiAlto

Liz DiAlto

 

Any time I am feeling low or really need something to NOURISH my soul I read a few (or all!) of these.

One of my favorites:

“Change me Divine Beloved into one who can relax, trust the process and even enjoy myself as you birth the new way. Let me fully trust where I am being led. The right outcomes are already selected and I am being lovingly shown the steps as they come. I am yours. You are mine. We are all one. All is well.”