This is a space where I may just share random thoughts, ideas and just "misty'isms" as some call them. It's just a place where I may write down things He has put on my heart to share. (I ramble, grammar is horrible and punctuation is all over the place, I just try to keep it real)
Covid & More
People need community and covid doesn't like that idea at all. Our little space is still open for you to unroll your mat. I don't see the need to tell you what you CAN'T do (we've got enough of that shame for a lifetime) but what you CAN DO. We can keep each other safe and still be together. YES it IS possible. I believe in US and when they say "we are in this together" I really KNOW that. The House looks a little different, we aren't mat to mat to mat mate, we are keeping plenty of space. We may not have our "vin" in the studio BUT it's been perfect weather to hold outdoors after class. I may not be able to jump up and hug you when you walk thru the door, but know that I see each of you. I miss the "hands on" but I am glad to offer the "sweet rags of hope". I love the House, the people that make it possible to LIVE OUR YOGA! I will see you at the House!
Lent and Yoga 2020
I've been wanting to incorporate Lent and yoga since I opened in 2008. I knew God had blessed me with this wonderful community of mat mates and thru the asana practice of yoga I had learned to Be still and know God (a bit more).
Each year Lent rolls around and some who have been coming to the House for a while tease me about my Panera and Starbucks "restraints" during this season. A few years ago I added attending a daily yoga practice at another studio for 40 days of lent. Some of you think this isn't a big deal you go to a studio and practice yoga (which I am so glad you do) but when you teach every day and own a studio it's much different to get away, but I found it to be so rewarding, difficult to do, a "sacrifice" of time, but SO worth it.
This is so in tune with the yoga sutras. We learn about restraints, we learn about sacrifice, we learn that we have enough, we learn where we are spending energy that doesn't serve us and we are asked to let go of things that we no longer need. Lent is about Almsgiving, being more giving (which the beauty is you receive SO much more), We are asked to pray, isn't that what we do in meditation, we are asked to fast, to give up something, we have enough.
This year I wanted my community to have the chance to experience Lent and yoga together, I wasn't sure what it would look like (and if I am being honest still not 100% sure) but I need to step out in faith and offer something to do together.
SO for FORTY DAYS (because this is just long enough to turn things into a habit/routine)
We will offer 6:00 AM yoga "class" it will be 40 minutes long (get the time) we will devote 30 minutes to movement to see what is serving or not serving you in the body and a 10 minute meditation/prayer. How can we take care of our soul if we do not take care of the place it resides. How can we not give thanks to the one who created us, or sit with Him a little each day. I will be using this as my Lenten Yoga as well, so we will be guided by others, we will listen for the strength of our breath, we will be lead by the Spirit. I know things will come up, you may be out of town, can't make a day, make the commitment to try to stop whatever you are doing from 6:00 am to 6:40 am and be with us in spirit. Make a commitment for 40 days, I think you will be glad you did. I love that I am already hearing from a few of you that are ready just like ME to do this! For more info just send me an email email@example.com. There's no charge, no fees, just show up doors will open 5:55 am beginning Ash Wednesday . The only day we won't have this is Sunday (our Sunday 9:00 am class is such a beautiful moving prayer you will want to come to that one for sure).
I will report back in April.....It's going to be exciting....a desert for 40 days...a drought for 40 days....confusion for 40 years......a flood for 40 days.....a waiting of 40 days
This is Us
Yoga studios are rooted in the intention of making us feel at home, and with that comes the promise of a group of strangers coming together as fellow yogis. When we come together on our mats, we indulge in the communal practice. That sense of belonging, of being supported and uplifted by a group of likeminded individuals, can indeed become an extended family—your yoga family. Lucky you.
Here are 3 ways your yoga community is like a family:
1. Smiling yogis
When you walk into the yoga studio, you are greeted with a beaming smile, and a “hey, how are you?” A sense of community is innate to the yogi. Yoga studios are a place where you can cool off and let go of what has already happened in your day. Within the yoga community, you will experience a strong sense of support and acceptance, much like a family. You have the opportunity to surround yourself with positive, likeminded people who encourage and uplift you. This energy is contagious—in a good way!
2. Encouragement on and off the mat
We all have moments where we just want to get out of the pose and lay down — Warrior II, anyone? In times like these, we are able to tap into the collective energy in the yoga room. We can hear our neighbor yogis breathing, we can feel the power in each and every body, and we are reminded that we are in this yoga practice together. This lets you know that you are not alone. Your teacher is also a beacon of encouragement as they walk by with a smile. The whispered reminders that “you can do this” can go a great distance in motivating you, which raises you to become a leader yourself. This sort of empowerment translates directly into your daily life, and you can return the favor by encouraging your friends and fellow yogis in similar ways.
3. Practice means progress
It is one thing to notice the progress in your practice, but it is another when a fellow yogi or the teacher comes up to you at the end of practice and tells you “your Dancer pose looked awesome today,” or “your balance is improving.” As yogis, we all share the same journey of beginning a new yoga practice that deepens and evolves over time. At your home studio, you are given the amazing gift of sharing this journey with your fellow yogis, and witnessing their growth as a way to fuel your own motivation. You evolve and progress together – a yogi family unit in action!
So next time when you arrive at your home yoga (people not the walls) studio, flash a smile, encourage your fellow yogis, and pass on a compliment. You never know whose day you could be making. Remember that as yogis we stick together — on and off the mat. This creates a beautiful extended yoga family and community you can cherish for life.
What ways does your yoga community make you feel like?
When I opened a "brick and mortar" studio in 2008, my intention and hope was to hold/build a space where people felt safe and loved.
I have continued to do that even though building or walls have changed.
Home truly is where the heart is....and my heart is still to hold a safe space for you! Misty
Your hOMe for Om
Mission Statement and Promise to you
My mission is to provide a serene, safe, and welcoming space where students can explore and develop their own yoga journey. From beginners to advanced practitioners, there will always be something to learn and experience. Home is the place where it's okay to be yourself... it feels right to walk around barefoot and the atmosphere is warm and inviting... Come home and unroll your mat with me AND this House community.