Embracing Spirit Yoga

It never occurred to me to be a yoga teacher until I realized through my own awakening that many people who could not easily access a yoga class could also benefit from the gifts of the practice. Sharing mindfulness, body awareness, peacefulness, connection to Self and so much more became my passion. I also never wanted to be an entrepreneur. In truth, after raising kids I had no idea what I wanted to do. I dabbled with the idea of being a social worker, and the funny thing is many of my social work friends now tell me that is exactly what I am doing. I spent years working in special education and raising my own unique kid sure paved some ways of understanding differences and I knew my desire for advocacy for this group was huge. Having all those pieces come together was a mystery. And then it happened.

Eleven years ago I created my business known as Embracing Spirit Yoga. At that time I had been sharing yoga for awhile but hadn’t stepped completely into full time teaching. I decided to take the gigantic leap into the unknown, quit my j.o.b. and trust that my purpose would sustain me.

Sustain me it sure has.

People assume that teaching yoga full-time must be so “fun”. I would not describe it as fun, but it IS what I believe I am here to do. I believe 100% that I was given my special daughter to lead me down a path of teaching yoga to people with disabilities. The road with her hasn’t been easy, but I can see now that it certainly has gifted me with amazing compassion.

Since I began my business in 2011, I have shared yoga in countless group homes, assisted living settings, nursing homes, hospice beds, parks, health clubs, community rec centers, schools and in my own studio. I teach to all types of abilities in a variety of settings. To some who witness a group of us huddled around a coffee table on leather furniture in a living room they may question if that is really a yoga class. Most of my settings are not perfectly curated yoga spaces with flickering candles, dimly lit room and soft comfortable pillows along the wall. The classes I teach are designed to be accessible anywhere.

It has been a wonderful eleven years and I have grown so much as a person and as a teacher. I could not have succeeded and been able to touch so many lives without the support of my students, my family, my friends and those who have taken a chance on my offerings and who have seen first hand the dedication I give to my students. The ongoing encouragement and understanding from the people closest to me fuels me. To some it may seem like I am frazzled and running like crazy, but those who love and respect me see that the hard work is a reflection of my passion for serving those with disabilities.

Every person who has generously said yes to my teachings has made the last eleven years magical and I am so thankful. Grateful doesn’t even begin to capture what my heart feels.

If you are curious and want to learn more about what I do, check out this informative webpage and read about what I believe to be the foundation of any quality yoga class.

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