My dear mother is also my best friend. Our complex relationship has changed & transformed over the years. I can now say, with much confidence & joy, she is my best friend--AND most devoted yoga student! I often share with my students there is nothing I teach I have not practiced with my mother! She puts up with being the demo person in many classes, & also works hard as a personal assistant in my lil yoga biz, so it could not have continued & grown without her. It has also been a joy to see her grow & transform too, & begin claiming more of her creativity & confidence. Now if I can only inspire her to rest more too! ;) I am always astounded my her generosity, copious energy, resiliency, & capacity to love, accept, & support others.
This is all to say THANK YOU to my mother, Betsey Ward. She stopped by the studio late last night, having been up to her own mischief. She & my family surprised me with a sweet, supportive message in the Sunday edition of our local paper, the Lake City Reporter. I often explain I am prouder of my yoga certifications than any of my college degrees, which is difficult for many to understand. But my mother gets it. It takes all the courage & perseverance I can muster--& probably a little craziness!--to not only pursue but continue a path that is anything but "normal" & very uncertain. When many parents would shy away & ask me to conform, she never has. The resulting path is often scary & challenging, but it is mine. Truly mine. Such pursuits are indeed a practice. That is yoga.
Thank you, Mom, for being a dreamer, and teaching me to pursue truth, goodness, & beauty, no matter the cost, because it is worth it, so worth it. Thank you for your deep acceptance of all I am and all I am becoming. Thanks for shining, & always lifting up all those around you, Mom. Love you!
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