“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Winnie the Pooh
I’ve always been averse to saying goodbye. Whether I’m leaving a party, or moving across the country, I’d kind of rather just run as fast as I can in the opposite direction than look into another person’s eyes and tell them how I feel.
As with all of my other quirks and bad manners, I attribute it on my upbringing in the midwest. General stand-off-ish-ness abounds in the land of the cheese, and most people are not necessarily forthcoming with their feelings. When I moved to Texas, I came to realize how cold this made me seem. I’ve never been, and am still not, much of a hugger, and turns out that in Texas, especially the Yoga world of Austin, that’s weird.
My yoga practice over the past several years, then, has been more than just physical practice. As I currently lay sprawled on my couch with a knee the size of a baseball, I can’t run and hide in a sweaty yoga class. My practice has become mindfulness; of looking at my Self as I really am: emotional, sensitive, attached.
Austin has been my home for the past four years. It’s (sort of) where I met my husband, where we started our life together. I began my career here, turning 200 hours of teacher training in to my entire life’s obsession. I’ve learned so much about myself, my capacity to learn and teach, to love and share, and how much we need the compassion of others on our path.
It’s with sadness, excitement, fear, and gratitude, then, that I announce that August 14 will be my last day of regular public classes in Austin. Willie and I will use the following week to pack up all of our earthly possessions, and our fur babies, and move them across the state to a little place you might have heard of called Houston (with a little honeymoon to Greece in between).
It has been an honor and a privilege to spend the first four years as a yoga teacher, of my life, really, in this city filled with such creative and inspiring humans. It is because of all of your love and commitment to following your own path that I say goodbye for now, but hopefully not forever. Let’s spend these next few weeks in celebration of all that we’ve shared, and all that we have left to share as a community, for Austin will always hold a special piece of home in my heart.