Entering the Yoga Door.
An interest in yoga normally starts with the physical postures (asana), not with pondering, "Hmmmm, I’d like to learn more about my true self." But then we become curious . . . or not. Those who do begin the journey—they walk through The Yoga Door.
The Yoga Door wasn’t originally intended to be an actual place. And although it does exist as a physical studio in Crested Butte, CO, the term is still most importantly metaphoric, referring to the magical transformation I witnessed in students when they really got into their yoga practice and started paying attention to their lives.
My own path to yoga started almost 20 years ago in a high school gymnasium through an adult education program. Those one-hour classes on the dirty floor under bright, fluorescent lights gave me a chance to slow down enough to face the reality of my terribly unhappy marriage and the unprocessed grief about my Dad's sudden death I was carrying around for decades.
As my life continued and my practice evolved, my mat became the one place I could land where I could acknowledge all the places in my life where I was in denial, or struggling trying to be perfect, or just plain scared.
Yoga is the best tool I know for slowing down and tuning in to what I really want and need. My practice provides the time and space I need to give myself my own undivided attention. I am able to give my mind a break from constant chatter, my overwhelming to-do list and the endless amount of pressure I put on myself.
Ahhhhh! I could finally hear my own voice!
One of my many wonderful teachers once said this:
This resonated deeply with my belief that yoga and life coaching are courageous journeys, not for the faint of heart. Only walk through The Yoga Door if you are willing to walk the path of truth, change and spirited trail blazing.
Over the years I have cultivated my own unique style of teaching. Students are slowly and thoughtfully guided through the process of releasing physical tension and emotional holding that’s been held hostage in their bodies, sometimes for decades. I emphasize self-nurturing, ease and grace along with flexibility, balance and strength.
I maintain this philosophy while I'm teaching and coaching.