Every Story Ends.
Although the road is never ending
take a step and keep walking,
do not look fearfully into the distance…
On this path let the heart be your guide. - Rumi
Three years ago, I started this blog to document my life as a college yogi. Two days ago, I graduated from college where I grew as a yogi, as a teacher, as a student, as a writer, and as so many more identities that take my breath away when I even think about typing them out. The story of my life as a college yogi ended on May 25th, on College Row, as I posed for grad photos with fellow yoga teachers and with my family. It was in college that I became the yoga teacher I am today. I got such a dual education while studying feminist theory and English literature…all while doing yoga teacher training after yoga teacher training and teaching classes whenever I could. Through being a college yogi, I learned how to be a leader. I co-created an influential campus organization that will continue to bring yoga to my beloved school for a long time coming. In many ways, I graduated the day I taught my last class at Wesleyan (which a long-time student of mine live DJ’ed).
Since Sunday (but really, since graduation became a distant reality in the first place), I have been thinking a lot about closure. What do endings mean? How can we be graceful through the tears they bring on? How do we say goodbye? And, most importantly, how can we start afresh especially when we are so grateful for and connected to what brought us to this new beginning in the first place? Acknowledging what I am grateful for from the past is part of closure, as is identifying next steps…next steps for relationships, jobs, yoga, wellness, health, and homes. The rest of this goodbye post will be divided into the two, as they regard my life as a college yogi. Click on the links for previous posts and highlights from this Tumblr.
Story of a College Yogi
During my time in college, I
- befriended yoga teachers on my campus
- did my 200-hour yoga teacher training with Three Sisters Yoga
- did a hands-on adjustments training with Alanna Kaivalya at Yoga Vida
- began teaching yoga at school
- went on a seattle yoga + coffee tour and a boston yoga tour (that obvi included coffee as well)
- incorporated yoga into my academics by taking an anthropology course called “ritual, health, and healing”
- took an AcroYoga + Thai Massage student forum (that’s right - for academic credit!)
- practiced yoga in Buenos Aires, Argentina!
- became a karma yogi at Laughing Lotus San Francisco and practiced there with Keith + Jasmine
- worked for world-renowned master yoga teacher Alanna Kaivalya as a yoga manager
- went and volunteered at Wanderlust Tahoe with yogi partner-in-crime
- worked at yoga publishing company Mandala
- WROTE, PUBLISHED, AND EDITED AN E-BOOK ON YOGA FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
- held babies under the tutelage of prenatal yoga master Jane Austin at Yoga Tree SF during that same summer
- co-founded WesBAM! Wesleyan Body and Mind, my organization baby that’s growing up so fast!
- completed my kids yoga teacher training with OmSchooled
- completed a trauma-sensitive yoga training for “at-risk” youth with Street Yoga in Portland, OR
- started teaching kids yoga at the Green Street Arts Center
- co-led and co-directed WesBAM! Jr, a kids yoga teacher training with funding and support from the Bronfman Youth Fellowships
- co-taught a student forum (for credit!) on yoga theory and practice
- practiced and taught yoga while studying abroad in Havana, Cuba
- taught up the wazoo my senior year and watched my classes expand beyond my wildest dreams!
- completed 100 hours of training with Laughing Lotus over winter break in both fly/inversions and hands-on adjustments
- completed another 100 hours of training with Laughing Lotus post-thesis in Bhakti and Ayurveda
- taught workshops of my own for Wes
- graduated as a yogi with a little sister (pictured below) who is convinced that I “majored in yoga”
above photo: me and yoga teacher anya with my yogi of a little sister (we taught to her age group at Green Street together)
Story of a Post-Grad Yogi
Graduation only happened two days ago, but already I am brewing with post-grad plans! This blog has been a space for me to cultivate what makes me qualified for those plans and for that, I am grateful. Here’s what’s coming next…
- I am moving this Tumblr to two new sites: GrowingUpOnOM.tumblr.com is where I will post inspirational links and continue to re-blog that which I peruse on social media. However, and this is most important, all editorial content (and there is SO. MUCH. MORE editorial content to come will be on GrowingUpOnOM.wordpress.com. Cause hey, Tumblr serves me quite well, but Wordpress just screams adult-like writing behavior ;)
- Tomorrow, I am auditioning to substitute teach at Harlem Yoga Studio!
- On Sunday I fly to Rome (I know, right?!)
- When I get back, I have the Laughing Lotus Shakti Summit
- And then in August, I am doing my last two Laughing Lotus teacher trainings: Super Sequencing in NYC and then (drumroll please) a 50-hour with Keith and Jasmine in SF (I couldn’t be more excited if I tried!)
- And finally, I am moving to Portland, OR to try this whole teaching yoga in the real world thang for a year with my yogi partner-in-crime and will be thoroughly blogging my way through that entire experience and new cities so STAY TUNED!
See? Whenever we start with closure, we end with new beginnings. This is not goodbye; it is simply a see-you-elsewhere-I-am-giving-you-all-a-huge-internet-hug. Please, please, please come visit me on these new sites. Content shall abound!
A Graduated Yogi