Psst…. Hi. It’s me. I haven’t forgotten you, I promise.

On the one hand, it felt downright strange not to write to you every month, not to have a full schedule of teaching and connecting. I’ve missed you.

On the other hand, I’ve found some very exciting new things: Somatic Meditation, Restorative Exercise, minimalist footwear, walks in the forest, watercoloring, and learning to be a good cook.

Sometimes we just need a break.

I decided instead of pushing to teach more and more, I needed to go back to the basics. I needed to remind myself that first and foremost, I am a student. Of yoga. Of life. Of relationships, and nature, and routines.

There’s freedom in knowing when you just need a break.

Here’s the thing: It’s OK to set down your responsibilities. It’s OK to say “no” when you’re tired. It’s OK to binge on 30 Rock, and it’s OK to not finish your to-do list.

Because once you give yourself that space, you’ll see what’s really important: Your health, your self-care practices, your family, and your friends. You’ll be ready to jump back in when the time is right.

When you need to regroup, recuperate, rest, or relax… take the break. Move away from anything that depletes you. Reclaim time from anything that keeps you from living at your Highest.

Let’s be a community of people who are willing say, “I just need a break.” And, who are willing to follow through and find some space, some stillness.

You and I, we’ve gone deep. We’ve moved our bodies and our breath together, and we are intertwined. Even if it’s been a few months since I last wrote, I know that we’re still connected.

So – Hi. From me to you.

I’d love to know how you’re doing. Leave a comment below, or email me at valerie@valerienilsonyoga.com. Let’s reconnect.

Love,

Valerie

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P.S. I just released my very first yoga video!! The mission?
Simple yoga that feels good.
Enjoy this short sequence in the morning or evening.