Thanks so much for stopping by, and for your interest in yoga in the Bluegrass region. Sharing yoga and mindfulness with children and families in all kinds of settings and many different counties here in central Kentucky over the last few years has been a wonderful experience. Now it’s time for me to take a break from teaching and traveling as I prepare to transition to the most important role of my life…becoming a new mom! I expect to return to teaching in the summer of 2017.
There is much that I am looking forward to in the coming year. We will be welcoming our daughter into the world. My second book with the American Library Association, and first book on the use of yoga with kids, will be published. I will be sharing mindfulness and yoga with elementary students through innovative new projects in several area schools. And I hope to expand my consulting and training business by adding new trainings for library professionals and early childhood educators on the use of yoga and movement in their preschool storytime and circle time programs. I treasure each of these hopes and offer them to the world with my full passion. But I know whatever may come of them is beyond my control, and my real work, moment to moment, is to be with what is.
This is a time of great transition for many of us. It is my hope that the practices of mindfulness and yoga can offer us all some space to be with these transitions as they unfold in our lives and bring whatever it is that they will bring. Being present is not always easy, and yoga does not promise us a life filled only with bliss. There will be pain. There will be conflict. There will be suffering. But our practices can offer us a different way of being with whatever arises in our lives, a way of being that is less reactive and more aware of what we are experiencing, even when it hurts.
If you are interested in learning more about practices that may help you be with life as it unfolds for you, here are some teachers and places that I recommend in the Lexington area:
Toni Reiss, E-RYT, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor
Jessica Filson, Solid Roots Yoga
You may also be interested in connecting with these teachers and online communities:
MindPod Network (home to podcasts from many exceptional Bhakti, Buddhist, and Yoga teachers including Ram Dass, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg and others)
And while I am on this break, here are some great YouTube channels to check out for fun ways to share yoga with your kiddos at home!