Hello and Happy Monday,
 
Today is Memorial Day and I am so thankful for those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. To all of you that have served and are serving, thank you!
 
This is the last week of Tapas, austerity. This week I want to focus on having courage. During my yoga teacher training and all the trainings I have been a part of or led, the term “holding space” and “holding a safe space” always comes up. I consider myself one that can hold space, but I wouldn’t say it’s a safe space. The more I learn about trauma, the more I am aware of cultural appropriation, the more I immerse myself in the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, the more I realize there are no safe spaces. Someone will always be triggered, by something, a touch, a song, a word, a movement, and while that can sometimes feel like a deterrent to what I do, it doesn’t mean I am going to stop teaching yoga and pilates. It means we have to change our language. Part of this discipline, part of building consistency, showing up again and again and being aware, means we get to be courageous.
 
The definition of courage is, “the ability to do something that frightens one” and “strength in the face of pain or grief”. Sometimes just showing up to class means being courageous, sometimes it’s leaving in the middle of class, sometimes it’s staying through the whole class, sometimes it’s crying in savasana. There is not one example of being courageous because it’s different for everyone. 
 
Courage does not come easy for most. There are many times I would like to take the easy road, no discomfort, no pain, but I also know I don’t grow there. My hope is that from my experiences I am able to hold a space for you to be courageous, a space to fall, mess-up, let your guard down, and fail in. A space where you walk away with more than you entered with. A space where you feel supported and encouraged to be your best.
 
We are in this together. 
With Love,
Jess