10.30.2020

 Real post soon, but in the meantime check out this email I sent yesterday from Rooted Breath. 

 

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy, for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another.” —Anatole France


Did you know that Savasana is also known as corpse pose? It is said that when we finish class, first in savasana, then rolling to our fetal pose for a moment afterwards before rising - we are completing a mini version of the circle of life. Maybe that's why I appreciated the above quote so much! When we enter our savasana, we are dying to all that we were before, and have the choice of what parts of ourselves will rise back up on the mat to go on with our days.

If only we had so much control over all of life! I believe the last email I sent was about a year ago, and I can't even being to quantify how much has changed since then (for many of us!). The only reason I was able to remain a yoga teacher from March of 2020 through now is because my husband brings home the majority of our income. Even so, my home studio, where I did my training and that was my first home outside of home since we moved to Colorado, has closed. The very first place I taught, where I still taught the same class, isn't offering classes until at least March of next year. All of my classes, gone; along with all but one of the classes I regularly took. The past 7 months have held much unwanted changed.

I won't lie, my mental health took a big hit and is something I'm still working on today. My family went through its own set of challenges too: with shifting back and forth between online and in person school, with restrictions on so much of life, and with the emotional challenges that come with navigating, and helping a 10 year old to navigate a global pandemic!



Not that it has all been bad. Autumn teaches us that there can be great beauty in letting go too. We have experienced such beauty in getting away for two short camping trips, taking an autumn foliage car ride in the mountains, zooming with family and friends, meeting a sloth(!) and "bubbling" with a close friend-family for Saturday night dinners, just to name a few. I've also been learning to find joy in my new classes! While I still wish for what was, I'm loving the new communities I'm starting to form and the new opportunities that are arising. Which brings me to:

Currently you can find me at Love Junkie Yoga and Fitness on Smoky Hill Rd in Centennial on Fridays at Noon for Restorative Yoga, and I'll be adding another class there starting December 2nd! An Intermediate/Advanced Hatha class at 9:30 a.m. I'm also currently teaching at Rooted Heart Yoga on Ogden St in Denver on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. (Hatha Yoga), but due to some continuing life changes, will be releasing that class as of Thursday Nov 19th. I would absolutely love to see you at any of those classes. If they don't work for you, feel free to contact me about private lessons. Fingers crossed I'll have news about more Aurora classes in 2021 too. [Keep an eye on the website for changes, or just to check in anytime you need a reminder of where you can find me: https://rootedbreath.com/find-me/]

Also hopefully coming in the spring: more outdoor classes!!



I've had the opportunity recently to teach a few outdoor classes, and realize just how much I love it! I'm hoping to organize some myself as the Colorado weather allows, but I'd also love to help you with a yoga class for your own event. Team building, birthday party, neighborhood gathering, or other events, yoga classes are a nice addition to so many things! Doing so outside both keeps it COVID safe (masks until on your socially distanced mats!), plus adds a really beautiful nature element. I've decided that savasana with a light breeze under blue skies is some of the most magical I've experienced.

If you're still with me this far, I invite you to reply to this email with any questions, inquiries, or just to let me know how you've been doing with everything this year. I'd love to hear from you!

With love and gratitude,
Megan

10.02.2020

Its The Most Wonderful Time of the Year


And by that I mean Autumn, officially, and in feel... plus now, October! 💙

You all know how much I love this time of year, for its food, its weather, its colors, and its reminder to slow down. So much of the beauty in this time of year comes from letting go! And that's been my big challenge. Letting go of control, letting go of expectations, finding that balance between all I'm growing and the needs of my family.

Things are growing! Two new studios, two new doula clients, a handful of one-off classes! I'm keeping plenty busy, but feeling more aligned at home: still meal planning, and chipping away at organizing and cleaning around the house. I taught a class in a park recently, and it was so beautiful!




We ushered in the new season officially on Mabon itself, with our traditional feast, but have been celebrating in little ways ever since.


I made my hair a celebration...


We took part in a Girl Scout day at the local Botanic Garden.




We keep enjoying our weekly dinners with our "pod", and watching Gwen with Penny is just such a joy.

Gwen and I took a drive into the mountains recently, to catch the foliage, and it was an absolutely gorgeous.





We stopped for a picnic, which is one of Gwen's favorite things, and introduced Gwen to the beauty that is hot broth on a cold day.


Excursions like that one make me so grateful for this time of year and this place that we live. We are so damn lucky.



We have more fun planned already: another picnic, with some pumpkin picking, more dinners with our "pod", and fingers crossed, another quick camping trip.

What's your favorite thing to do this time of year?


9.16.2020

Wordless Wednesday {Little Bits of Happy}

Before/After -
I've been working my way through our apartment, cleaning and organizing as I go.



Out with the old, in with the new



Pup-sitting








9.11.2020

As the World Literally Burns

This past weekend I stepped outside and walked for a few minutes before realizing that something was making me feel very content, comforted. I wondered if it was the more slanted, autumnal light. About 10 minutes in I realized that the air smelled like a campfire in a way that was soothing to me. At least until, a few minutes after that, I realized it was because Colorado is still, very much, on fire. We'd had a day or two of better air quality, as some rain had washed the haze away; but it was back with a vengeance, and half way through my walk, I knew things were going to have to be cut short.


Man, oh man, does it feel like the whole world is on fire right now. We've had some upheaval here recently. Nothing I can talk about right now, but just enough to make us all feel a little shaken. Its left me feeling very unbalanced. Things that should feel really good and positive just feel like too much instead. I'm giving myself grace and reminding myself to take time. Even with that, everything feels a little harder right now. 

Three days ago, the bottom fell out on the weather, and it dropped from the high 90s, to the mid-30s, basically overnight. We had sleeting, freezing rain, and then snow! 



It was just enough to be annoying, without being able to do anything with it, we're all freezing after such a huge drop in temps, and I'm worried this is going to kill all our autumn foliage before it even arrives. But! It is helping with the wildfires, so I'm hoping this will be a blessing in [cold, blanketed] surprise.

Maybe the rest of this will all turn out to be a blessing in disguise too? Maybe in the end, the discomfort I'm/we're feeling now will be growing pains? I guess only time will tell.