Be strong then, and enter into your own body; there you have a solid place for your feet. ~Kabir
In some parts of the world, it is believed that the soul (in Sanskrit, Atman: the true self) enters the body through the soles of our feet at birth, and leaves through them as we pass. In between those two major events, how we choose to stand, to walk, to be on this earth is a reflection of our truth.
Yoga and meditation have become harder to define over the last decade. They have been coloured and transformed by trends and fashions that come and go. Behind all the hype and fanfare, in my eyes, they remains tools for returning to who we are, beneath the veils and pretences. With an emphasis on safety and alignment, our sessions together will be an exploration of body, mind, heart and soul. Together, we will meet you where you need to be.
There are moments when our practice needs to be a deep nourishing. Other times it's a sweaty mess. Sometimes we need stillness and quiet introspection, and sometimes a push to step into our power and strength. The invitation is simple: meet yourself in your own skin, on your own two feet, in your own heart.
I remember being 14 years old and going to my very first yoga class. It was offered in the evenings in a local school's classroom. Intimidated, I walked into a high school that was not my own, and with two middle-aged women, watched a man (who seemed ancient to me at the time) stand on his head. I was overwhelmed and extremely shy. He talked to us about yoga as a spiritual and ascetic discipline, and then lead us through some sun salutations. I never went back to that class. But a flame was lit.
A few years later when I was in university and yoga studios were just starting to pop up, I returned to class and never looked back. Over these many years, the practices of yoga and meditation have carried me, supported me, and taught me lessons I didn't even know I needed to learn. They continue to teach me, both on and off the mat.