It’s been a week and a half since I wrapped up my teacher training. I’ve been back in Portland for just under a week now. And, you know what? It’s been a little bit challenging settling back into “real” life.
Despite how rigorous the schedule was while I was at the Ashram, there was also a real ease to it. There was plenty of time for yoga and meditation, food was magically there at the dining hall when we showed up for mealtimes, and time swept us through the day – the only thing we had to do was show up when and where we were supposed to be, and do the work. The rest just happened.
Even spending time with my parents wasn’t such a transition. I got up every morning around 6 am and sat down outside to meditate; there’s this beautiful spot on their property not too far from the house where if you sit on this particular wide tree stump, the sun rises directly in front of you through the trees. I even managed to do yoga as well as teaching a class while I was there.
Now, I’m home. And there is no challenge like getting yourself into good new habits while you’re away from home and then trying to keep them once you’re back. There’s something about being back into your normal space with your regular people (and fuzzy things if you have them) to settle you right back into your old habits. I made it to the yoga studio this morning for the first time since I’ve been back, and no, I haven’t been doing my practice at home. To my credit, I have been waking up early, and am starting my morning with silent meditation, but that didn’t make it back into the schedule until a couple of days ago.
So I think what I’m trying to say with this is something similar to my confession post from early April – we all do the best we can, so don’t beat yourself up about anything that’s in the past. Start where you are, and do your best. Celebrate the small victories, and enjoy the journey. I think that’s really the best we can do for ourselves. Even a few minutes a day of mindful practice and taking care of yourself is better than sporadically practicing and beating yourself up when you mess up or miss a day.
All that being said, now we can move on into the real meat of the post: last week I started to open up about what’s next for Rebel Yogi now that I’m back. It’s nowhere near set in stone, and much more a work in progress, but here’s what I’ve been thinking. This is the part where I start the building process for a business that nourishes me; taking care of myself (my very own Rebel Yogi work) involves bringing money in the door to support both my living expenses and starting to chip away at some of the debt that has grown out of putting the foundation in place.
- Rebel Yogi Retreats
This is probably the piece that I’m the most excited about. I want to bring the Rebel Yogi experience to YOU. Are you working with an environmental organization or an awesome startup, or just have a group of friends who are finding it difficult to find the balance as you make your mark on the world? I want to help you find the balance that works for you – your lifestyle, your cause, your org, your own brand of awesome. One of the things I look forward to the most is being able to travel around the country (perhaps even the world) and seeing where and what you are working on, how you’re making the world a better place, and helping you to start to find balance in that world. I see these being over weekends or even as long as a week if the need is there.
- Rebel Yogi Workshops
Similar to the retreats, but for a shorter time period. This could be a day or even just an afternoon to explore the challenges that come with world changing, and bringing to light ways of finding balance. The likelihood is that I’ll be doing most of these either in whatever city I’m living in or somewhere close, and when I’m traveling.
- Rebel Yogi Class Series
A series of yoga classes plus some extra. Let’s get together and dig into the places where you find challenge in your work, the frustrations and the joys, and work through them as we do a yoga practice specifically geared to you and your group. Rather than just a single class, these will be a series of classes that might run once a week for six weeks, or twice a week for four weeks, or whatever works for your schedule. This longer series presents the opportunity to build each week on what we’ve learned and really dig deep into the process of finding life balance while doing good work.
- Rebel Yogi Online
Across the country? Across the world? Can’t seem to make it out to an in-person event (or are really introverted and have no desire to do so)? I’ve got you covered. Also in the plans is to record some of the workshops and classes so that every Rebel Yogi has access to the goodness that comes out of the process – the only requirement is an internet connection. I’ve also been considering how to do live-streaming events (so if anyone has experience or suggestions on ways to facilitate this, give me a shout) for individuals or groups who want to start this way, without the additional effort of setting up in-person events.
- And all the rest
I will likely be teaching regular yoga classes in studio as well. While not specifically geared to any particular situation, my intention is to always bring healing and a focus on self-care into every class that I teach. And, I’m leaving the rest open ended; one of the greatest thing about life is the way that the coolest opportunities seem to present themselves when you’re open to them, but least expecting them. If any of this has inspired you with ideas for how we can manifest the Rebel Yogi balance in your life or your work, let me know, and let’s make it happen!
The past couple of months was all about laying the foundation. Now it’s time to get to work and build something amazing. Let’s do this!
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