Where do I begin?! This has been such a magical and life changing adventure, it will be difficult to describe in words, however I will try.
My name is Stacey, and I have been a registered nurse for a little over 11 years. About the same time I began nursing, I started yoga. It’s been an on and off sort of relationship the whole time. I never became too connected at a yoga studio considering my husband and I moved a lot. During this time, I lightly touched meditation. I never truly understanding how, but I feel like it did make a difference in my day to day.
From a young age I have always felt like there was “more.” It seems as though I was never satisfied and always searching. To fill this void, I went back to school, I completed several races with intense training schedules, and then I started traveling nursing for more of a challenge. All of these still did not fill that emptiness I had inside. However, my mind would tell me otherwise, such as: you have a great life, you make good money, you married an amazing husband, you have a couple of great dogs, you live in Colorado….what else could you ask for? So I thought naturally I needed to go back to school for a graduate degree. This however, my body did not tolerate. Once I started researching graduate schools, my hip started screaming at me hard. It locked up so bad I could barely walk and I was in excruciating pain. Somehow, I thought this was a sign to just slow down for a minute. Therefore, I had to quit exercising and start doing yoga again. Somehow, I am always pulled back to yoga!
During this journey of pain, I met an amazing woman. She did fascia work and stretching to facilitate my healing process. To my surprise she was also a yoga instructor! She did suggest that I try restorative, yin or maybe gentle yoga. All of these seemed so boring to me. However, I researched them online and then soon became distracted with yoga retreats. This lead to researching yoga schools, then I came across Holistic Yoga School. I asked her opinion about the school, and she said “You have to go! This is an amazing holistic program, and I am jealous that your training will be way better than mine!” So, I took her advice and signed up.
I will have to say this has been the best decision I have ever made. I have realized now that I was a lost chameleon looking for myself! Everything I needed in my life has been with me the whole time. I AM the “Big Thing” I have been searching for. I have broke free from stories that I have held onto my whole life that I allowed to define me. I am no longer the victim, I am in control of my life. I am rewriting my story. I am soaring the skies with my newly found wings. The feeling of liberation, pure bliss and fearlessness is more empowering than I could ever imagine. I am not searching anymore, and it’s an amazing feeling.
I would love to thank all the staff at Holistic Yoga Studio and my new found yoga tribe. The loving and sacred environment of the Shala is very special and helped me to start over by tearing down the walls I have created and breaking the mold. I am now more open to receive love and compliments. I also respect, honor and stand up for myself more than I ever have. Throughout my transformation, I couldn’t help but dream and feel like a child again.
Peace, Love and Yoga!