Hi Family and Friends
This is my Journey-
When my dad died my senior year of highschool I felt so lost and alone - I think I have been struggling to find my place for the last ten years.
Growing up with a chronically ill family member taught me how to put my thoughts and feelings on the back-burner. I thought being a caregiver meant being strong enough to ignore my own needs. About seven months ago, fresh out of a long-term relationship I was struggling with depression and anxiety everyday which was making it hard for me to function. My forever friend, Kaylee gave me an opportunity to participate in a daily Instagram yoga challenge, basically you do the daily pose and post a picture.
At first I was going through the motions, doing a pose, taking a picture and posting. One day I saw a beautiful yogi on IG do a pose called Fallen Angel. It was beautiful, and when I attempted it, I fell.
I fell over and over. I didn't get frustrated, I got obsessed. Doing yoga classes for ten years I had never done inversions, and I became addicted. Took me four days - struggles, watching videos, and falling before I got close to Fallen Angel. During these four days I practiced Fallen Angel everyday before and after my (10 + hour) workday. I never got mad, in fact the opposite happened. I felt free. Free from the depression and anxiety that loomed over and around me like a stinky fart cloud, tainting every one of my experiences. I felt like myself for the first time since before my dad died. I will fight for what I want, that fight in me is my fire.
I started doing yoga on CONSTANTLY; my lunchbreak at work, in the car, waiting for the bus, babysitting. I started showing my 2 year old students at work, my boss, my mom, my friends, strangers- I had to show everyone the things I could do! I had to challenge everyone I came in contact with to move their bodies too! I'm proud of who I am, I'm happy with who I want to be. I love practicing yoga everyday and I want more than anything to share it with others and deepen my understanding.
Through instagram I have met some amazing people, amazing inspiring yogis. In June I decided I wanted a change, I wanted to start going in the right direction. I quit my preschool teaching job and went to Wanderlust in Vermont. I took a plane and a train, a bus, and a went on a chairlift for the first time. I took so many different workshops by inspiring and respected teachers, I pushed myself way outside my comfort zone and I survived! Had the Opportunity to meet Yoga Slackers- Sam and Raquel- https://www.facebook.com/yogaslackers and learn about acro and slackline for the first time! Their nomadic lifestyle and positive outlook is so inspiring to me, I just want to learn more!!
I'm raising money to pay my tuition and airfare for Sam and Raquel's Acro and Slackline Yoga retreat in Chiang Mai, Thailand this December. We will be learning about living a nomadic lifestyle, slackline and acro technique. I'm SO excited to have their guidance and inspiration in challenging the obstacles I have set up for myself. With this retreat and some solo travel across the world accomplished my next goal will be finding and completing my Yoga Teacher Training! I believe this retreat and forcing myself outside my comfort zone and safe routines will give me a boost of confidence and self love I need.
Thanks to you all I have paid my $1,300 tuition in full, thanks to you all!!!
I'm 100 percent committed and I need your help raising the $350 REMAINING for my flight!!
Read more about the retreat; http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/554991
Thank you in advance!
"For those who have an intense urge for Spirit and wisdom, it sits near them, waiting."
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
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