I don't know how to even begin processing this week. I know I am incredibly blessed to have had the experience. I am thankful for the time I was able to spend there. I know that the time I spent in the studio completely changed the trajectory of my life as few other experiences have.
And that is why I am so heartsick that Curvy Yoga Nashville is closing her doors on Friday.
The time I spent here, friends. The events within this building changed me. Like down to my core. I learned when to step outside of my comfort box and when it is okay to make a little nest inside it. I learned who I want to be and why I want to be and who I want to take along with me. I made connections with myself that I will always appreciate and never take for granted. I learned what my body can do and what I would like for my body to do and what I have no desire to accomplish at this moment. I gained my voice and my power and learned how to connect with myself in this room, on my mat.
I learned that I want to bring yoga to the world. That my voice is important and valid and interesting. I learned that I have an amazing tribe of women just a text message or facebook group message away. At any time. Day or night. And these women became some of the closest people in the world to me.
The people that I met in this building are some of the people that see more of me than lots of people that I see more often. (And not just because we had a yoga pants party and just tried on clothes all willy nilly.) We experienced bravery with each other. We were vulnerable with each other. We laughed and cried and weathered ice storms and ate a lot of garlic knots. We met each morning for coffee, worked the East Nashville lunch circuit, straightened each others massage hair, and often hung around together after class was over.
We are the group of women that I always thought was only a myth. We all got along. We all opened up. We all supported each other and received support. With Anna as our fearless leader and Liz at her side, we had space to dream and play and try and laugh. I think a large part of what I will miss about this space is the absolute and utter safety that I felt each moment that I was inside. I wasn't afraid to fall. I knew that somewhere along the line it would happen, but I knew that I had a room full of women who were always there to catch me. And, even though we are spread all over the country, I know that holds just as true.
It breaks my heart that I will never be in this building again. That I won't pose in front of this window for another yoga portrait. That I won't hear Anna's laugh echoing in these walls. That Liz won't talk me into another restorative pose in this space. That I won't have another sigh of an exhale in the actual space that holds so much love and joy for me.
But I also know that the building is just a building. I know that the love surrounds me even if the space is no longer ours. But this space was still my home in a way that only my childhood home and my current house have ever been. I grew up inside the walls of Curvy Yoga Nashville.
I grew up there.
My wish for all of us - my Fancy Princesses, my Unicorns - is that we carry the love and light of Curvy Yoga Nashville around with us. And that we let it shine.
Anna and Liz - Thank you for being our guides. Thank you for loving us and letting us incubate and tolerating our sometimes out-of-control silliness. We are all changed because of you both.
In my heart, ladies, I know that home is where we are. And that I carry a piece of each of you wherever I go. And the love doesn't stop because the building won't be the same.
And, dear readers, if you are in Nashville at any point this week, please take the opportunity to take a class at the studio. And give Anna and/or Liz a big hug for me. I'm sure they need it.
Some new yoga offerings, and a few upcoming changes...
Would you like to be better friends with your body? To know more about what she is trying to tell you? To feel like you and your body are part of the same team?
In this series of six classes, you will:
- learn how to find the best expression of yoga poses for your body.
- identify and respond to what your body is trying to tell you.
- find joy and contentment from moving your body.
Each class is 75 minutes. You can click here to read more and to purchase the package for $50.
These single classes will only be available for single purchase through Monday, October 19. At that point, they will be combined into a package. Interested in purchasing any of these classes as a stand-alone class for $10? Don't delay! Click here for a list of classes.