YOGA Journal & Testimonial
✨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 ! ✨💖✨
5/2/2023 07:53:52 pm
Very thoughtful blogg
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