Your Village is a Gift

Dose of Inspiration

Sometimes in life, you can fall down holes you can't climb out of by yourself. That's what friends and family are for - to help. They can't, however, unless you let them know you're down there.

Meg Cabot

As we draw closer to the end of another year, I’m reminded of what a difference a day, month, and year can make in our lives, and my heart is filled with so much thanks, gratitude, and appreciation for all that this year has brought to life.

At this time, seven years ago, Mind Body Flow Yoga was simply a space. I had just recently signed the lease (right before Thanksgiving of 2011) and received the keys. As the months drew on, I watched my vision come to life and the space transform into a yoga studio. I held in my heart high hopes of creating a place where people could come and get away from the everyday stresses of life, discover themselves, and grow more intimately.

Today, Mind Body Flow Yoga, is just 3 months shy of celebrating its 7-year anniversary, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the beautiful community that we’re continually creating. What once was a dream of mine that I didn’t think was attainable, became a reality, simply because I finally got out of my own way and let go of fear. And I’m reminded everyday of how incredibly grateful I am for having taken this leap of faith.

This year has undoubtedly been one of the hardest years for me. Having endured two surgeries back to back and been out of yoga practice for half of this year (from late March – late September), was truly so very hard – mentally, emotionally, and physically. The one thing that stood out the most for me and literally got me through this challenging time, can be summed up in one word, “community.” The way our community came together and supported me – I still don’t have words that properly capture and convey the magnitude of how deeply grateful I am. Whether it was a card, a meal, a bedside visit, a phone call, an email, a monetary contribution, etc., it got me through – it literally got me through.

It’s a palpable reminder that we are not alone in this life. I have always been someone who has a hard time asking for help. Over the years, I’ve gotten better at asking for help and allowing myself to receive help. This challenging year has really been the tip of the iceberg for me in the area of asking for help. It’s taught me more than ever that there is no shame or weakness in asking for and receiving help, but rather so much beautiful vulnerability when we surrender to the helping hands and generosity of others. It’s what community and being there for each other is all about, and wow, how blessed are we all, to have the village that we have at Mind Body Flow Yoga? I know for a fact that I couldn’t have gotten through this year without our amazing village and I’m committed to moving into 2019 with a heart that remains open to help.

I have each and every one of you to thank for making Mind Body Flow Yoga the beautiful community that it is today and I encourage you all to take leaps of faith in your life. I sometimes think to myself, “Where would I be now, had I not taken the leap of faith and opened Mind Body Flow Yoga?” While I’m confident I’d be doing enjoyable work and fairly content, I’m not sure I’d be fulfilled, and most importantly, I’m not convinced that I’d be walking in my life’s purpose.

When you sit quietly with yourself, what speaks to you? Are you happy? Are you living your dream? Are you living the life that you always imagined for yourself? In what areas are you holding yourself back? Our mat practice teaches us how to explore our body’s potential and that we are often far more capable than we give ourselves credit for in our mind.

There is often so much more that we can do than we think. We learn on the mat that achieving our fullest potential comes in even that split moment that we can let go of fear and just go for it. What if we applied our mat practice to our daily lives even more? What if we applied the same tools that get us through the doubts and challenges that we face on our mat, off of the mat – in our life?

I’d imagine that we would take more chances, hold tighter to faith, release fear, be happy, live our dream, and not hold back. As we prepare to conclude another year, sit quietly with yourself…breathe in all that will serve you in 2019 and breathe out what you need to leave behind in 2018. Make it a great year ahead. It’s all in you!

Here’s to another great year of community, breakthroughs, and transformation ahead!