Here’s the thing: I’m moving away from Tulsa next month.

‘Onward’, as Liz Gilbert says.

It’s exciting… terrifying…. kind of sad….

But in the end, what it is, is change.

Good ol’ change – something we can’t seem to avoid. And maybe we shouldn’t (avoid it, that is).

Maybe we’re better people when we allow things to happen as is. Sure, I wish I didn’t have to start over. Of course I fear trying to find new friends and new places to teach.

But this is my reality. And it feels worse when I fight against it.

“There’s not a drop of rain or a pile of dog poop that appears in your life that isn’t the manifestation of enlightened energy, that isn’t a doorway to sacred world.”
-Pema Chodron

If the tough stuff – even the stinky piles, even the parts we really want to avoid – are part of an enlightened reality, then maybe we can let ourselves sink into it more easily. Maybe we can relinquish control a little.

Like floating a river, it’s easier to let go of the shore and trust that life will work itself out. We can make plans, we can fill the innertube with air, and we can even pack a lunch. But after all of that, it’s just you and me and the river, baby.

And it’s okay to sit back and let the river guide us home.

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Tulsa Yogis: Thank you for everything.
For your eagerness to learn, for being willing to try and try again. Thank you for sharing your sacred work with me. And thank you for being exactly who you are.

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If you love gentle/simple/embodied/therapeutic-inspired yoga, seek out these teachers in Tulsa:

Stephen Saunders – Tulsa Yoga Therapy
Elizabeth Barlow – Be Love Yoga Studio & Tulsa Yoga Therapy
Mandy Eubanks – Be Love Yoga Studio
Tiffany White – The Yoga Room

May your yoga practice continue to flourish, and may you find peace with each breath.

Namaste & with SO much Love,

Valerie

 

P.S. I’ll be back soon with new video and audio, as well as the monthly blog. Stay with me. Xoxo