✨Why MiSty’s Yoga House is my hOMe✨
•how my ‘yoga lifestyle’ teaches me•
I haven’t taught in a yoga studio in a few years, I prefer teaching privately, this is where I feel I find the most successful (helping, holding the most space for clients, and keeping them safely aligned).
I’ve always felt so ‘connected’ but misunderstood, like most of you...
All I ever wanted to do with my life is help people. Moving to Nashville to pursue a nursing career... then deciding I didnt believe in modern medicine and didn’t want to support a pill popping, not FEELing culture I became lost and had no direction. I began reading about yoga in high school and always loved stretching so I decided to try this new hot yoga craze, this is where I met Misty, a retired nurse, who felt she could help people just as much with yoga! I wasn’t even thinking about teaching(still don’t call myself a teacher and am always learning) just knew I needed yoga in my life and as much of it as possible. After inquiring to Misty about the price of a year of yoga (my fiancée had asked me what I wanted as a wedding gift) she said she thought I’d be a great teacher.
THE BEST GIFT EVER!!!
I loved teacher training under Misty, seeing how each teacher used their training and how they have blossomed over the years keeps me inspired as well, it’s so different for each of us. When I started yoga I smoked cigarettes, didn’t breathe and had no idea how to relax. I was so inspired by Cindy Terry she was the coolest, 20 years older, at least 60 lbs heavier, but breathed, moved freely, and was lighter than I felt I had ever been. Leslie Kirby was my partner, her practice was so stunning to watch, she is in the Women’s Karate Hall of Fame, worked tirelessly as a dental hygienist I was lucky to know her, and Savannah was and still is a fav...so strong, could and can still flow like nothing I have seen.
I taught free classes at Centennial Park for over a year, with Misty until she closed the original House plus several Nashville yoga and yoga fusion studios, was offered free trainings for pilates, tap n pow"her"... but it wasn’t MY yoga. I finally found another home at Curvy Yoga Nashville with Anna and Liz, teaching there the whole time they were open is where I really began to love myself, my teaching style, and client's began telling me I helped them learn how to love their self I even had it tattooed on the back my neck so they could read and see it in class. I worked here until Curvy Yoga took off internationally and creator Anna Guest-Jelley began doing more schools and writing.
I was lucky enough to work for Project Belle, they had a vision of bringing nail, hair, and lifestyle care into homes , here I had the privilege of meeting many private clients, some famous artists, led yoga and meditation classes for conventions at the Opryland and Omni hotels in Nashville.
As project belle rebranded and focused I was left without a way to share my passion and purpose again... then Creative Souls Tribe magically came in...for a year I was able to connect with beautiful souls each month at fitness events as their lifestyle and fitness coordinator... this is where I met Angie who is a real life angel and donated space for me to be able to teach for free through winter when the parks were closed. As Creative Souls and my pregnant belly grew classes went down to quarterly and I was left to me, my practice, a couple clients but missed the ‘connection’ and helping again.
Amazingly enough Misty found a new hOMe... people have physically followed her for a decade and I am grateful to share that am now teaching with her again!
It’s the funnest little space right behind one of my favorites Sweet Tea and Shopping!
Just my 1st week I witnessed such beautiful release !
Come practice with precious yogi souls ✌🏼
Received my favorite and most cherished compliment this morning....
as some one showed up to me vulnerable, real, and honest
doing so because they knew I was safe, would never judge, not divulge, say or think one negative thing...
That’s what Misty calls living our yoga.
So tonight as I walk into class knowing
I am and hope to always be growing;
Choosing to see people as light and their good, no time to point out flaws,
share shame or faults.
Thank you for seeing and sharing✨
Come & Live YOUR yoga with me
I have worked TREMENDOUSLY hard to make my classes unlike any one else’s... Misty has worked decades to provide a unique sacred space for us misfits looking for something more spiritual than just going through asana poses... I have cried tears of joy collectively for at least 3 hours today because of this beautiful testimony(you can read it on the Daisy tab/page)... Me and my yoga aren’t for every one but if I touch just one I am grateful and have fulfilled my purpose. Yoga isn’t a workout for me it truly is the way I try to live my thoughts and life (yes I still eat meat but it’s more about not judging for me). I have been blessed to meet and work with sooo many amazing individuals but in this line of work, most have become dear friends. It’s not like you get a quarterly performance review, so to the one who took the time to write this (more importantly choosing to shine yourself) thank you... you are the reason(s) I will continue fearlessly to pursue this crazy dream, spiritual work, with only the desire to inspire, not build an empire. If you have taken a class from me I would really love and appreciate to hear from you and your testimony too, I freaking love you ! ✨💖✨
You are a gift
to be treasured
a life to be lived
a light to be shined.
You will survive.
You will thrive.
Take your time.
Don't be so hard on yourself
Mommy is ALWAYS here to help!
Before you were born I asked people to share their favorite motherhood stories, ideas, and tips. Your aunt recommended I write you a letter every year on your birthday, then give them to you when you turned 18, I loved this idea!
Throughout pregnancy the only thing I promised you was that I would be there NO MATTER WHAT!
I had heard enough birthing stories to know that there was no amount of preparation, manifestation, or calculation that would make the process smooth or painless. I use this analogy and experience for parenting as well.
Knowing I couldn't control the labor process I decided to focus on how our life and my body would be after delivery.
Sadly I couldn't get your big beautiful pumpkin head past a bone and ended up having to "woman up," have my perineum cut, which caused level 3 tearing and up to 3 months recovery, and messing up my "back to me" plan tremendously.
8 weeks postpartum most books say your organs are shifting, moving back in place, and that you are slowly making your way. So when I got sick I just kept pushing through, assuming that's what it was like and I had too much to do.
After a week of feeling "off" but still being VERY active, I decided I couldn't take it anymore and needed medical attention.
Your dad was playing a show, had not been alone with just you, it killed me to leave but I knew I had to go.
Upon hospitalization we learned my appendix had ruptured (any where between 8-10 days prior), that I was lucky it had "walled up" behind my colon and that I could have died... this changed EVERYTHING for me, mostly because you had only been alive 2 months, I was already failing you and could have possibly broke my only promise. So I made changes. LOTS.
One thing that remains the same and will NEVER change, is my love for you, so here's what I am going to do...
I have already written your 1st two birthday letters but instead of waiting I am going to leave them here as well as my version of the ABC's of me for Suzie so if any thing ever does happen to me, you will still be able to see. I can never put in to words the love, strength, hope, and freaking fear I have for you, my precious innocent boogie angel...
My past will not diminish your future.
Your past does not diminish your future.
I made MANY bad choices & am sharing them in hopes you will not make the same ones.
Your choices regardless of circumstance effect who you are.
I read "Anne of Green Gables" in 4th grade and will never forget the line "if I learn from every mistake I make and never make the same mistake twice, eventually I will be perfect!" This is something I firmly believed, but wish I would have had the guidance and wisdom to prevent and implement.
I know hard and bad times will come, but you are always my #1.
Please don't read until it's ok'd by me or you are 16.
You are my Sun and Stars
Remember to Always Shine Bright
Be and Share the Light
Stay Kind and True
Yoga Teaching, Encouraging,