Taking a little “End-of-year-Timeout”

December 26, 2013 by  
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December, 26th 2013
Dear Monica,

Practice what you teach…
I hope you all are sitting somewhere warm and cozy and enjoying the aftermath of Christmas day with a warm cup of chocolate or tea…

Although I have started this Blog about a year ago (I can hardly believe another year has passed), it never made any significant entries, until today…today was different, so here it is…

It really all started as I made a decision today to take the next few days off and was looking for the best way to announce this to you, my dear Yoginis. The past months have been quite a journey for all of us and we have learned so much about gratitude, appreciation and compassion in our classes.

So I wanted to let you know, that I have decided to retreat for the next few days until the end of the year and cancel my classes until New Years Day 2014. I know some of you have been looking forward to come to class again after the Holiday stress is over and I do feel your disappointment…But part of my life lesson in this phase of my life is to learn to not overextend myself to the point where it becomes unbalanced and unhealthy. The lesson is to “retreat” when I need to.

And yes, I know, some of you would have liked it, if I had announce it beforehand. I do understand that, I do. But I do not want to NOT teach, if I have the energy and strength to do it. So, I decided to go with my intuition and only retreat if I have to.

All of you who know me, know that I seemingly have this boundless energy, which has throughout my entire life served me well.

But we all also know, that no boundless energy in the world lasts forever and we all need days to rest and recharge. This way I can start the New Year fresh and with balance and clarity. I always have and still strive for excellence in all my teachings, which ultimately means that I “live what I teach”…

And yes, that is exactly the kind of self compassion that we all need more of, don’t you think? In my classes I give 100%, every time, no exception, not matter how I feel that day or what is going on around me. I show up with all my sincerity and my whole heart…every time.

But when I know I cannot give that, I need to be able to retreat, recharge and then come back refreshed and balanced. It took me a very long time to learn that…

The studio has been growing tremendously and finally we are slowly getting to the point where it is not just me anymore, but we are building a team, who is South Side Yoga. The New Year will keep bringing exciting new changes and creative growth to our studio. Our upcoming Immersion / Teacher Training starting in January will set the tone for the rest of the year.

We are extremely excited and joyful that our time has come to share our wisdom, experience and passion for yoga to a new generation of teachers, who all will only enrich and strengthen our vision of being the “southside’s” premier studio for yoga, and fitness conditioning. We want to “live” a healthy & balanced lifestyle in a community of passionate, healthy, and happy Yoginis, who all strive for the best version within us.

So, let’s take these next few days to practice yoga at home (because I KNOW I have taught you:), take good care of ourselves, eat healthy (er), be present and still and maybe end the year with a little more balance & peacefulness than before the Holidays.

From my heart I am sending all of you Peace and Presence for the next few days and enjoy your new yoga mats, that Santa brought this Christmas 😉

With love and light,

Emme’s Tip of the Day
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Warm your joints, e.g. ankles, knees, elbows, shoulders, wrists and hips through light rubbing and massaging before you start to practice at home. The increased blood flow will act like a lubrication in your joints and help ease into the warm up phase during those cold winter months of our yoga practice.

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