A Yogis Year in Review
(Written on New Years Day)
It’s the first day of 2017… Want to know what I’m doing right now? I’m in bed. Not because I’m hungover. Not because I’m sick. I’m in bed because one of my very favorite places to be is snuggled up under covers. I’ve got my puppy at my feet, some magazines, and my aromatherapy homework. This is EXACTLY how I want to start off my year.
2016 was extraordinary and sometimes difficult. There were moments of beauty and anger, happiness and sadness. But all in all, it was a pretty great year!
We welcomed a gorgeous new puppy into our family; she is such a joy. We have also learned what it means to take care of a sick animal, as she unknowingly came to us with a rare incurable disease. The first few months with Veda were hard, but I’m happy to say that she is now doing wonderfully. Thank goodness for modern medicine.
I’ve moved through a handful of injuries, all the while trying to keep my yoga practice consistent… No easy feat! When I’m injured and in pain, getting on my yoga mat is often the last thing that I want to do. Yet it’s almost always the best medicine. My injuries have come and gone; I’m healthier than I would have been had I succumbed to discomfort and sidelined my spiritual practice. I am so grateful.
This year I had the opportunity to practice with Sharath Jois for the first time. It’s difficult to put that experience into words without sounding hokey. However, I will say this: If you ever get the chance to practice with Sharath, do it.
In 2016 we officially opened the new Yogamari Vermont studio!!! My amazing boyfriend Matt brought my dream to life; the space is perfect in every way. I am constantly in awe. Also, YogaMari Vermont successfully transitioned from a led-class studio to a Mysore studio. Thank you to all of my students who have gracefully made the leap with such an open heart. You guys are my daily inspiration; it’s an honor to accompany you on this wild journey. Through happiness, sadness, sickness, and the difficulties and joys of life, you just keep showing up with smiles, laughter, patience, and dedication. Thank you for making my job such a pleasure.
And lastly, FINDING ISVARA! Carolyn, Courtney, and Lisa… You beautiful ladies have become some of my very best friends. I am constantly humbled by your honest, brave writing and your willingness to share your journey with others. I couldn’t ask for a better group of women to work with; you truly are the coolest. I love you! And I love our readers.
Welcome to 2017 everyone! In the words of my dear friend Brett Hughes, "I'm so looking forward to the multitude of ways we all rise to meet the challenges of the coming year..."