humble beginnings

greetings.  i am pleased to share this evolving story with you.  i hope you laugh and learn and follow us on our path of discovery.

first off: a disclaimer!  neither brett nor i are tech savvy.  we are still trying to figure out this whole blogging thing – how do i add a link?  can i “tag” people? should we have a category?  i hope you and i see rapid improvement in our tech skills over the course of this blog adventure.  also, i type in all lower case letters.  it’s a style thing for me.  i always liked e.e. cummings.  🙂

brett will be blogging on here as well.  we will change font or type color when he’s writing….so you know who the author is.

and so, the story begins.  i have been practicing yoga for over 15 years, and teaching the yoga for 8 years.  it was a natural fit for me and i knew it right away.  for that, i am grateful.  during those 15 years, i had and still have 🙂 4 daughters.   the journey through the early years of parenting was certainly not very graceful.  brett and i struggled a lot – we moved often (big move from tucson, arizona to indianapolis, indiana in 2002). we barely had enough money to cover our  living expenses. we had a hard time finding jobs we liked. we were exhausted. we were grouchy.  our best friend was killed by a drunk driver.  both of brett’s parents passed away in 2007.  our path to this moment has not been easy. but, it has made us strong and innovative and easy-going and grateful and humble.  now….our oldest daughter is 12 and a half.  our youngest daughter is almost 6 years old.  i am emerging from years of pregnancy, breast-feeding, diaper changing and co-sleeping.  i feel like a butterfly – transformed, beautiful, ready to soar.

thus, even though for years i had taken hundreds of yoga classes and taught hundreds of yoga classes, it was not until late 2010, inspired by a workshop i partipated in that was focused on insight yoga and meditation (facilitated by a lovely yoga instructor: sarah powers) – did i begin a consistent home practice.  luckily, brett wanted this in his life as well.  from december 2010 to the present moment, brett and i wake up early together (between 5 and 6am).  we spend 75 minutes setting up our yoga space, doing light asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breath work) and meditation.  we have loved the effects that the consistency of this practice has had on our minds, our bodies and our spirits.  it has nourished and healed us on many levels.

the natural evolution of the morning practice is to want to take up an evening practice as well 🙂

in our discussions of where to place an evening yoga/meditation practice in our lives, i suggested that we try to include our girls in our practice.  brett was receptive to the idea.  and we began to strategize…..

up next:  reality bites – “mom, this is the dumbest idea you’ve ever had.”

About familyoga

i am a mama, a yoga instructor, a lover, a gardener, and a music maker. i live in a little town 19 miles northwest of downtown indianapolis, indiana. i will blog about familyoga - specifically, myself, my husband/hetero life partner, brett, and our children as we explore familyoga and good livin'. brett will also be blogging. he is a deep soul. he loves music and traveling, gardening and his family.
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4 Responses to humble beginnings

  1. Danielle says:

    Wow! This is amazing! I seriously got chills reading it. I too, live in Indianapolis and am a yoga practitioner, lover and instructor. I too have four daughters age 2 through 8, and I too feel like I have emerged after having just stopped nursing my two year old. I am now at a place where I am feeling a need for a daily practice myself and am trying to find where in my life that will fit. I LOVE the idea of practicing as a family and cannot wait to read more about your experiences! Om Shanti 🙂

    • familyoga says:

      danielle, this made me so happy to read your comment…..kindred spirits we are. many blessings to you and your daughters. keep on spreadin’ the light!

  2. Thomas says:

    techy is like yoga..practice, practice, practice
    inspired by your and Brett’s combined efforts
    can’t wait to hear from the “girls”
    what is that “squeeze box” instrument really called?

    • familyoga says:

      thanks for your support thomas. it means so much to me. the squeeze box is called: a shruti box. it is a portable and simplified – harmonium. aummmmmmmm. namaste.

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