I’m in a very unique position right now to live my dream. With the success of Pop-Up Yoga KC I began imagining a permanent home for donation-based yoga in Kansas City. With the help of many others, this dream is now becoming a reality. I realize that it is both a tremendous honor and responsibility to provide people with a safe, accessible, and beautiful space for learning, exploration, and transformation.
One of the most rewarding aspects of my job as a yoga teacher is when students reach out to me with their stories. Whether it’s a teary hug in-person, or a Facebook message, I have the privilege of learning about how yoga has changed these individual’s lives. I see people excavating years of pain, digging deep enough and being brave enough to face their own hearts and discover the treasure living within. Every time I witness this, it not only fills me with gratitude, but helps me along my own journey of self-love.
Through my late teenage years and most of my twenties, I struggled with depression, anxiety, and an eating disorder. To say I struggled with loving myself is an understatement. I was introduced to yoga at age 17 while staying at an ED treatment facility and really fell in love. However, besides doing the occasional yoga video over the next few years, I wasn’t able to make yoga a regular part of my life due to the high cost of training. I struggled so much to create a life I could be proud of. It wasn’t until my late twenties, with the support of my family and now husband, that I was able to study yoga in a studio setting with great teachers. It completely transformed the course of my life, I went to yoga teacher training, and the rest is history.
As I am gearing up to open Karma Tribe Yoga, Kansas City’s premier donation-based yoga studio, I am dealing with so many details on a day-to-day basis. Forming the business, hiring teachers, marketing, making schedules, etc, are all very important part of the process. When it becomes overwhelming, I think about my younger self. I know in my heart that it would have been tremendously helpful if a place like KTY was available then, if I was able to connect with teachers, if I was able to immerse myself in yoga, if I was given the tools to love my body and myself. In those stressful moments, I dedicate this space to her. I dedicate this time, this effort, this energy to that lost girl and to all the individuals living with their own unique struggle. It brings me so much gratitude to know that I am now in the privileged position to help others, regardless of income-level, to discover and love themselves. I think about all the students who have reached out to me with gratitude in one way or another and I thank you for illuminating my path and keeping me on course.
If you have a unique yoga story and connect with this project, please consider contributing to Karma Tribe Yoga’s Indiegogo campaign. I can not bring this dream to life completely on my own and am seeking help generous individuals who see the value in a space like this for our community.
Gratitude and love,