THE TRANSITION FROM BEING A YOGA
INSTRUCTOR, TO DIRECTING A STUDIO,
CO OWNER OF YOGA GARDEN, IT IS A
In the beginning when we first opened in January 2020 I was
ridiculously stressed, and overwhelmed. Then we had the
first lock down, and I believe I held it together (mentally)
summer came and I still had courage. The fact was I stopped
practicing, I lost interest. I was preoccupied with the intensity of the world. I also couldn't stop thinking.
INSIDE, I REALLY KNEW THAT WHAT WAS IMPORTANT TO CULTIVATE WAS DEEP LISTENING SKILLS.
I can be very present and hear you out, I can remember
everything you say but I will also interrupt you while you are
telling me a story. It's work in progress, I know I am not alone.
All of us need to learn to be better listeners. Holding space,
with our silence, and presence, without the need to say something. Sometimes that support is so vital.
Last year in the autumn Yoga Garden closed for a significantly longer time then in the Spring. I was in a bad place. I drank
a little too much vino in the evening. I kept conversations
short, and I felt SO DEFEATED. I was angry. But I had to work
out those feelings, and I had to work them out because I was
leading a team of teachers who were now fully unemployed
by me...but so loyal and supportive and available for all the
new ways in which we had to re-invent ourselves, our teaching, and expand our platform.
I ALSO HAD TO PERSEVERE BECAUSE I GENUINELY WANTED TO
BUILD A COMMUNITY.
SO HERE WE ARE DEAREST READERS.
If you are still reading this, then to a certain degree you too
feel drawn towards Yoga Garden. We can all love the place for
different reasons, and we all receive something else from our
What is clear to me though is that I am genuinely interested
in people's well being. I am genuinely interested in expanding our community by making it more inclusive. Inclusivity
is a hot topic. It has always been a hot topic for me. When
we take a moment to listen, and hold space for what is being
said it can very much inspire inclusion, and connection, rather then separation and rejection