You guys have heard me mention my new program, REST, a couple of times. I wanted to share the story of what inspired me to create this program.
A little more than a year ago, I was a ball of anxiety, and I was trying to deal with it in positive ways. The husband (fiancé at the time) suggested I try going to yoga classes again. I started going to a weekly yoga class, and loved how different I felt after. I only went to one class—restorative—because the other, more active classes just didn’t light me up. I had zero motivation to go to anything except that class.
One day, the teacher instructed us to begin class by laying on our stomachs and breathing gently, filling our back with breath…and I started crying.
I realized that that was the first time, all day, that I didn’t feel anxious.
It was the first time, all day, that I was at rest.
I sniffled through class, and on the drive home, I acknowledged that something serious was missing from my life. That this was NOT the way I wanted to live. I didn’t want to be the girl crying in yoga class! I also knew that I did not only want to feel good after my yoga class. I wanted to feel good all the time. I wanted to REST all the time.
But how is that possible? In our lives, in our culture, we have to do stuff. We have to take action. We have to do the vigorous flow yoga classes as well as the restorative ones, right?
I’ve found that, yes, we do. We do still need to show up and take action. But rest isn’t about not doing. It’s about being.
Shift how you show up, and the actions aren’t as difficult. They aren’t as anxiety-inducing.
You learn how to rest through the doing, instead of after.
And that’s life changing. At least it is for me. 🙂
I created this program as a commitment to myself to rest, as a commitment to help others rest. We don’t deserve to live within the confines of anxiety, panic, and overwhelm. We deserve to experience our lives with joy and fun and ease and grace! We deserve to experience freedom.