A Letter to the Karate Kid on the Day of her Yoga Teacher Training Graduation

Dear T,

  It seems hard to begin stating how proud I am of you for being brave and moving forward into a new chapter of your life.

    You spark a light inside me. So if you do that for me, it must happen in others. Time to share that gift with the world.

   You, my friend, are a soul stirrer. That’s who you are. I hope you see this now.

   You enter people’s lives and rustle up some form of creativity, love, and passion that they had shoved down below. Your presecene becoming a walking permission to let some of that rise up and leak out. 

You did that for me.

People are always going to tell you that you are too loud, too weird, too much. Thank them.

   People criticize what they fear, remember that. 

  When teaching yoga class, don’t worry about great compliments or great criticisms. Neither matter. You have to focus on knowing that you are holding the space. Showing up with love and continuing to do the next right thing. Don’t look for your worth in the approval from others. Know your worth deep down in your big juicy heart. 

    You are not for everybody. That’s okay. Look around at your teaching training crew. When you start digging into who you are, people will inevitably fall away. But then all the right people start showing up. 

 So, thank you for showing up in my life.

Thank you for understanding that life is all about cheering for each other. 

Thank you for laughing with me.

Thank you for listening to me. 

Thank you for being my mirror. Reminding me once again just how fun life truly is.

I can’t wait to see where the journey takes you! 

We are officially one step closer to fulfilling our lifelong dream of wearing active wear everyday, traveling the world, and running our mouths. 

Namaste you beautiful beast. 


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -Marianne Williams

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