This is certainly an auspicious time. In October of 2005 I went to the Himalayan Institute to study Kundalini Tantra with my teacher Yogarupa Rod Stryker. At that time I was told that I was to be given a new mantra to accelerate me on the path. Before I even learned to pronounce the mantra it began to have an effect on my life. I came back to many changes at my previous place of employment that no longer served my needs and chose to resign last November. I had to find new places to teach and went through personal struggles. Had I made the right decision? Would anyone come to practice with me? Doubt started to creep in, one of the stumbling blocks on the path. My mantra is to Ganesha, he is the elephant god who presides over yoga and is the remover of obstacles. Sometimes he also brings obstacles to aid in our growth. The latter appeared to be more prominent in my life for a while, or so it seemed. I was resisting where I was. Once I surrendered and put my needs out to the universe and said let's see what manifests, the results were amazing.
Mid April of this year, Dance Studio West informed me that there would be summer sessions in the classroom next to me beginning in late May continuing into the summer. The walls are paper thin and tap dancing and yoga don't mix!!! I had outgrown the studio, which was perfect for the time and now it was time to move on. I put it out to the universe to see where I could go by June. I was also tired of commuting 45 miles round trip to teach other classes in the northeast valley four times per week.
On April 28th, Alyce Neal, a graduate of my yoga teacher training program at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts informed me that she was opening a yoga studio at Town and Country on 20th Street and Camelback in the old UNICEF Space. She had some questions and then asked if I wanted to be part of this venture with her. When the time is right, it's right. The promise of the great Gayatri Mantra is "May my intellect be inspired to take the right action at the right time." Everything was in place, perfect timing, perfect location and perfect partner. My answer was yes, and that is how it evolved. Speaking of...the name of the studio is Evolve, which means to change gradually, to transform, emit and expand. I feel that every experience has led me here, every door closing and every new one opening has been an ever-expanding spiral of growth. Through this process I am learning to trust more and more in the great mystery that guides us all.
I'd like to take a moment to openly honor and appreciate Desiree Rumbaugh and Christy Burnette at Arizona Yoga for their loving support and providing space for me to teach in for the last six years. I'd also like to thank Jordan and Martin at Yoga Village for immediately offering me space in my transition back in November. Both studios are amazing places of skill and transformation. All of the teachers are highly trained and dedicated. If you are unable to continue practicing with me due to location I leave you in many good hands.
To celebrate this new adventure I would like to invite you to join us in our new space as I begin teaching all my classes there on Saturday June 3rd. Below is the schedule as it stands today. Watch the web site as it evolves with new classes and teachers added weekly. I hope to see you Saturday!
Infinite blessings of love and light,