Three mini suitcases, white boots, a yoga mat, and 8 rolls of paper towels, I was fortunate to begin my nomadic COVID-19 life, by being adopted by my best camp friend @frschaen, her hubby Scott, and their adorable kids Ian & Marley! (@uofmichigan household taking in a fellow @bigten @uwbadgers).
This meant-to-be 2 week staycation turned into an 8 week adventure! With the underlying joke, “You’re still here.”
During a time of uncertainty and fear, I truly came to realize how powerful and universal yoga is.
I had just graduated from a 3 month teacher training program with @corepoweryoga and was looking forward to the opportunity to teach at their newest NYC studio location in NoHo with @adriannanaomi and @kimbuhlee_ann. This moment was something that I had worked so hard to achieve and suddenly, it came to a pause. It was at this time that I had to dig deep and choose a path to follow. I could either choose fear, or I could choose to rise above, lean into my passion and continue to work towards my dream.
Luckily my accommodations had a beautiful gym that became a place for me to get out of my head.
With rides on @Peloton supported by my cycling buddy @sellrider and the support from my yoga community through @Zoom, I was able to dive deeper into my practice. It was here that “Anatomy Fridays” originated with master trainer @donkakong which continues weekly.
Unconsciously, these were the moments that @jackandjillyoga came to be - expanding my yoga education and mindfulness practices to children and adolescents.
This past year has been a difficult time for all. I am so grateful to my "OG Quaran-team" - you will always hold a special place in my heart with the memories and ideas we’ve shared together. I am empowered by how we, collectively, have dug deep within ourselves and grown to overcome challenging obstacles through love and kindness; I will continue to encourage myself and others to continue this routine. Here’s my reminder for you: a small gesture of gratitude goes a long way, and that will lead us to a brighter future.
Share this with a friend and send some love, reconnect with that person you have been longing to speak with, and like my teammate @dwgreene once said, share a smise (a smile with your eyes @tyrabanks) with a stranger on the street and listen to “Better Days” by @justintimberlake (my idol) featuring @Antclemons.
“There are no strangers here, only friends you have not met.” - William Butler Yeats