In 2003 I answered the call to transfer my love of business from the restaurant business to the yoga industry. My intention was to open JUST A YOGA SHOP to support the many yoga studios in the Boulder and Denver areas; however, a little awkward room off to one side of our rented little house became a petite little studio and birth place to my passion for teaching yoga. I learned quickly that my over arching intention was INSPIRATION. Who know you could build a life on THAT!?
Prior, my intention was to simply study yoga, never to teach it. I felt as though I was organized and in control in every area of my life, so when I rolled out my mat, I was able to step into the studentship and enjoy. I took teacher training after teacher training to deepen my practice and feed my heart, body, mind, and soul.
One day, a room full of waiting yogis and no teacher, I stepped into my future. I locked the front door, stepped into the room and began laughing and smiling and and teaching and feeling out the space of my new passion.
During the opening of om time, I met my maha teacher Shiva Rea and began to step into the sweetness of Prana Flow. I began to weave my loves of tantric philosophy and mystic poetry into a fluid unfolding on the mat. It was just a year or so in when I began to follow her around the world, learn and assist and learn some more!
Also during this time, I was witness to some massive emotional crashes and tears as people stumbled off the street and into om time. Often, it was as if they came in asking for help without words but with simply a look in their eye that they needed a cup of tea, a sliver of time to call their own, a calming person to listen, and maybe even a space to rest for a moment. Out of the need to get people in their bodies, lying in a space of intentional rest and initiating a healing process through the practice of a present mind in a space of choice, Anjali Restorative Yoga was born.
Years have gone by and though we moved from the “little yellow house with ribbons” at the end of Pearl Street, it serves my passion still. My life interweaves with a fantastic team who boast the gifts that I do not embody. We love what we do… which is awesome… because we do it daily. Who knew, right?
To live a labor of love is to live.
So, yes, om time is where I roll out my mat!