Right Where You Are Supposed To Be
In 2002, my journey from being a long time fitness instructor to a yoga teacher occurred when I discovered the power of yoga at my local health club. I tried a class and I was immediately hooked. It seemed like yoga was exactly what I needed at that time of my life; an exercise that was gentle on my body, improved muscle tone and flexibility, and channeled my energy through focus and positive thinking. I quickly certified in “Yoga-Fit” and started teaching all over Rochester. I taught 6-7 classes a week at the YMCA to Harro East to Pittsford Senior Center and numerous local country clubs. I loved the diversity of not only the student base, but also the locations themselves. They all brought me some kind of personal and professional growth. During that 5-year span, I looked into teaching at Breathe.
I remember the day I met with Cyndi. It was one of those cold dark winter mornings. I felt so out of place entering the small quaint juice bar and retail shop. I walked by the unique smoothies made of ingredients I’d never heard of and passing the well-priced Lululemon clothing that I had not yet learned to love. Cyndi sat quietly at a little round table. It all seemed so foreign; the conversation, my credentials, my experience, the environment, the discomfort. I just did not fit. There was no connection between my skills/me and Breathe’s journey. It was not where, “I was supposed to be”. I left that day feeling defeated but not hopeless. Breathe had not seen the last of me.
In 2008, my family made a big transition from living in the City of Rochester to our move to the Village of Pittsford. Lots of changes occurred that year to include the death of my father-in-law who lived with us for 10 years, to my 3 sons entering high school. My yoga practice and teaching transcended my limitations and needed to match this major life transformation. Everything started to line up for me.
(photo of our first day in our Village of Pittsford home, toasting with friends)
We found a beautiful Victorian home within walking distance to the Canal and to plenty of shops and restaurants. My boys could walk to school. We had 5 churches to choose from all within a stones throw. And….I could see Breathe’s storefront from my new living room window. This time it felt right. This time, it had to work. Instructing at Breathe felt so real, so right for my plan. This newly kindled desire was much deeper, more insistent from that disjointed stroll into Breathe 4 years ago. This time “I had to teach at Breathe”, it was “right where I was supposed to be”. The fit was right for me and for Breathe. My home/career/move was finalized and securing one of the 5 teaching slots at Breathe made my new life complete!
Over the past 6 years of teaching at Breathe, I look back on this experience and realize how much we all have control over what happens in our life. The universe puts it out there and when the timing is right, amazing things happen. Sometimes you are not at the right place, at the right time. But sometimes you are! Passion, drive and positive energy can significantly impact where you place yourself in relationship to what crosses your life’s path. Teaching and practicing yoga has helped me learn first hand how much positive energy we have and how much ability we have to channel that to our advantage. From passion comes dreams, from dreams come reality. I know it, I’ve lived it, I’m in it!
Breathe…..I’m right where I’m supposed to be!