I feel like 2023 has been the year I recovered from Covid.
In March of 2020, I had been teaching in multiple locations in Hunterdon and Warren County when I suddenly found myself locked in my house and filling the role of homeschool teacher to a first grader and a special needs 16 year old. It was a bit of a jolt, if you can imagine. I finally got back to teaching in the Fall of 2021, only to lose my mother a month later. As many of you know, there are no words to describe that shock. Although I continued to teach once a week, I felt like I was still getting my bearings in all of 2022. By the end of that year, I really felt like I had reached some kind of safe ground to launch from, energetically and emotionally. I made a vague intention that I was going to get out of my comfort zone and teach more.
Now we're closing out 2023, and I am so very happy to see how that intention played out. I'm especially pleased to have gotten to know so many wonderful students at the Library and the Riverside Wellness Center, along with my steadfast crew at Riegel Ridge. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for helping me find the way through my own personal darkness. Practicing yoga with you brings me immense joy and meaning, and I'm grateful for you all!
I am also so grateful to my sangha in Frenchtown at Yoga Loka. I will always be a teacher who sees herself first as a student and a practitioner, and I know that my online and in-person spiritual studies groups are my emotional path forward through obstacles and confusion. I am eternally grateful for my mentors and teachers, especially Bonnie Pariser and Uma Parvathi Nanda Nath Saraswati.
As we turn the page to close out 2023, I wish you all health and happiness in the coming year, and I'm looking forward to even more joy and connection as your teacher and friend!
I want to share with you the yoga I practice, teach, and live.