I am exactly where I’m supposed to be.
We’ve all been there. It’s Friday afternoon and the stress of the week is taking its toll. Work has been hectic, navigating your personal life has been challenging and most likely, what you really want to do is have a drink, relax and begin your weekend.
About a month ago, I was having one of those weeks. Emotions were getting the best of me and I was losing myself in a sea of work, friendships and the beginning stages of dating. I was more concerned with what other people in my life were doing and thinking than what was going on with me. Women, myself included, frequently make this mistake. I think it’s nearly impossible not to. As natural multi-taskers we try to shove as many thoughts, feelings and emotions into our bodies as possible because we delude ourselves into thinking we can handle it. Well, some women may be able to, but not me. I need to be reminded to look inward every once in a while because the more I honor myself, the more I am able to honor others.
Foregoing a cocktail this particular Friday night, attended Danielle Robinson’s candlelight yoga class. I had been before and knew it would be the perfect thing for me to stretch, relax and try to find the ground below. As class began and we started our breathing, I could feel every emotion of the week – frustration, inadequacy, uncertainty, doubt – well up inside me. Everything was quiet and for the first time in my constant-moving week, I was still. I was flooded. “You are exactly where you’re supposed to be.” I heard Danielle’s voice and was relieved when she repeated, “you are exactly where you’re supposed to be…no matter where that is.” The words echoed in my head. She went on to explain further that no matter where we are in our lives, no matter what challenges we are facing or have faced, everything is happening just as it should. Trusting that can uncomplicate a complicated situation or make a little lighter something that is heavy.
I am exactly where I am supposed to be.
I took my first yoga class as a college senior in 2003. I didn’t know much about it, except that it sounded like a “cool” thing to do and an easy credit. Little did I know that I was embarking on a journey that I hope to continue on for a long time. Over the years, my practice has evolved but no more so than in the past year and a half I’ve been coming to TruHarmony. Every time I hit the mat at TruHarmony Yoga, I know I’ll leave stronger, more confident, with less stress and more sure of the ground below.
I’ve heard countless inspirational words from the amazing instructors at TruHarmony. Many of those words have helped me through a day or a week, but none have stuck with me the way Danielle’s words have. Whenever I feel myself getting overwhelmed, especially by things I cannot control, I repeat to myself, “I am exactly where I’m supposed to be” and I feel a little lighter.
Eden, who has served as our brilliant studio manager since January 2011, will be returning back to graduate school full time in October, but rest assured that her beautiful energy and her infectious smile will remain present at the studio! She will continue her gift of teaching at Tru and she will still represent our amazing community as one of the most loyal and respected leaders in the yoga space. How lucky are we?
As hard as this is for me both personally and professionally, I find solace in knowing that this brings new opportunity to Eden, to me, and to TruHarmony Yoga. As Eden would say it best: “With one door closing, the next one opens!”
This is why it is with great pride and excitement that I officially introduce Roxanne Abesamis as TruHarmony Yoga’s new studio manager! Roxy has been an instructor at Tru since February of 2012 and was most recently the community coordinator for our friends at Flywheel. Roxy’s experience in management, as well as a yoga instructor and yoga teacher trainer at Corepower Yoga, and of course, as an instructor at Tru, will bring endless opportunities with infinite possibilities!
I look forward to working alongside Roxy to uphold the amazing presence we’ve established in the yoga community, so that we can continue providing you with the best yoga in the city of Chicago.
Let’s raise our glasses to the amazing path that Eden has paved and to the greatness that Roxy will bring! Please join me at our celebration party on Thursday, September 27th at 7pm at Union Sushi+BBQ . Please click HERE to RSVP.
Thank you, Eden – and congratulations, Roxy!