"I am releasing resistance, impatience, stress, worry and fear."
This is what I wrote during our leaf "release" ceremony for our Mother's Day retreat held at Sweet Harmony Yoga.
I didn't know at the time how much I would TRULY need to live and breathe by those words in the coming months. When I received my "cease and desist letter from the HOA board, it felt like I had been punched in the gut. Moments after, it felt as though my spirit had literally been pulled out of my skin and cradled with love. In order to move forward with grace, all I could do was keep breathing and completely surrender. I truly believed that I was being led and guided to something bigger, something that would better serve me and the greater good of all.
My lovely friend had reminded me that when Sweet Harmony began, everything was flowing, like a river, so perfectly. And now, there was merely an obstacle in the path; I had to shift directions to move back into the flow. I looked at her with despair and said, "but where is it telling me to go?!"
I wanted to control it. I don't like being in the unknown. But I couldn't.
I had no choice but to close my eyes, lean back and be carried by that flow. I chose to not make any fast decisions; just notice, observe and witness what felt right. I entertained many different options, many potential spaces to transition to; partnering up, renting space as an independent contractor again, etc. Then, I reached out to a lovely, amazing woman I met with a year ago, who is the operations manager for a new wellness center that was going to be opening some time this fall. Before Sweet Harmony, I was really hoping to teach there when it opened and wanted to be involved in any way I could.
When we met up the second time, we hit it off just as well as the first time, but it was even more exciting because I was talking with her about not only teaching, but taking the roll of "Yoga Coordinator." The blessing here is that although I had managed several optical businesses in the past, I had only taught in yoga studios and wasn't sure I had been qualified to do such a job. But now, I had run a yoga studio and built a great community in a very short time. I felt very qualified and our visions for what we were hoping to contribute to the yoga community aligned seamlessly. I taught a class for the owner and staff the following week and it was during the auspicious day of 8/8. I felt so in the flow as if I were exactly where I was supposed to be.
A few days later I got the invitation to join the team as their Yoga Coordinator! I am so THRILLED and excited. This is an incredible and supportive team of people and a facility that will be fostering wellness and community, being the amazing HUB for all holistic goodness that it will be.
It's called Alive + Well. They are located in Bee Cave and the opening date has been pushed back to spring. I want to pinch myself just to make sure I'm not dreaming! The owner and staff are so authentic and awesome. I am over the moon!
This wellness center will have a healthy cafe with food, coffee and tinctures, massage, chiropractic, a Integrative medicine Dr, compounding pharmacy, IV Vitamin drip bar and soooooo much more! You can see their website and follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates.
I will be transitioning back to "Hannah Williams Yoga" and posting this and future correspondence through my blog there as well.
Sweet Harmony was an incredible journey and huge learning experience. I thank each of you who came and gave a little part of yourself to our community. I hope you will continue to grow with me at Alive + Well! The coolest part for me is that now, celebrating my 10 years of teaching this month (!) Bee Cave is a good central location for all of the students I've had the pleasure to teach over the past ten years; South Austin, Dripping Springs and now Lakeway.
As always, I'm here for you to answer any questions or help guide you along your yoga or mama journey in any way I can!!!
Sending you all so much love and gratitude!
I am a yoga teachin', guitar slingin', singer-song-craftin' mamsita and wife to my high school sweetie.