Confessions of a Bohemian Fashionista – Going Boho… It’s an Inside Job!

Hey Boho Beauties,

When you remember something sweet, it’s a crime not to share it.

A couple of years ago, I did a 30-day challenge. Attend yoga every day for 30 days straight. It seemed simple—all I had to do was plop my yoga mat down (back row, center), do some downward dogs and try not to wobble too much in tree pose.

It happened one evening, mid-challenge. I was sitting there post sweat, one eye open, wondering what all of these ‘yogi’s’ could be thinking about (other than grocery lists, next weeks to-do’s, or that fight they had last week.) They all just seemed so relaxed, so together.

As I left the studio, there she was.  I thought I’d seen her here before—or maybe it was at that café or in the market. In a glimpse she flashed me a crooked smile, shot a peace sign my way and danced off.

She didn’t have to say it. There was a glitter from below her eyes that told me she’d walked along the ocean’s edge, kissed an elephant in Bali and Om’d until her voice went soft. You could tell she was a light-worker. She’d been through tough situations and come out lighter and shinier.

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She was so Boho.

It’s been years since I saw that girl who seemed like a real live goddess. She was practically wearing a crown. Since that sweaty night I’ve mastered my tree pose, learned to keep both eyes closed in my favorite yoga poses and most mornings I sing to myself.

It was one of those mornings today; I could feel it in the air.  Something stopped me in the mirror before I left for work. There she was staring back me, the soft glitter under her eyes, the divine intention in her smile. It hit me, hard—that boho girl is me, that boho girl is you.

I’m wearing my Divine Wisdom Mala as I think back on that night, and remembering that going boho is an inside job. So go ahead, boho goddesses, flash your beautiful smiles at a stranger and remember you’re divine.

Peace, Love and Magic from Bohemia – xx

Let’s Get Downward & Talk Yoga!

What Brought Me to the Yoga Mat?

As I sat down to write this post, I has so many thoughts going through my head as to “What Brought Me To The Yoga Mat?” It is a pretty broad question that is almost as hard to answer as the other yoga questions: “Why Do You Practice Yoga?” Yoga is one of those things that came into my life at a time when I desperately needed some guidance, strength, and help. I started practicing for the obvious reasons: health, strength, flexibility, and to help me perform better as an athlete. But, the “real” and deeper reason I came to the mat was for some serious “soul searching”.

The first time I stepped onto a yoga mat was 7 years ago, when I used to live in Denver, CO. A friend recommended that I visit Om Time Yoga, which is run by the fabulous and beautiful Shannon Paige. At this point in my life, I was in a very unhealthy relationship and was too afraid to share these feelings with friends and family. I felt alone, confused, and needed a place that would offer comfort, support, and guidance. I remember walking into the studio not knowing a single soul and having no idea what I was doing or getting into. But as soon as I stepped onto the mat, I knew that I had arrived and this is where I needed to be. It was the perfect match. I felt strong, safe, and grounded. 

I started practicing 3 times a week. I signed up for the intense teacher training. I was becoming stronger physically and emotionally. I was facing my fears. I was learning about ME. I was being challenged on the mat, but also by the words of the teacher. I was growing in ways I never thought possible. There were good days on the mat and there were also a lot of bad days.  Yes there were multiple times and still times when I will cry during savasanah. The mat had become a safe place for me. A place for me to discover ME!

Before the finish of my teacher training, I walked away from that horrible relationship and started a FRESH start. I was able to step off the mat and show my strength outside of yoga. I started my own personal training business, a blog, and I am continually working on building my brand not only now in Houston, TX, but also around the world.

As I look back, it is pretty amazing to see how far I have come as a person since stepping onto that yoga mat. It makes me smile, because I made that choice. It was hard, scary, and frustrating, but it was worth every single tear, doubt, and mental chatter that told me to give up. So now that I have answered this question, “What Brought YOU To The Yoga Mat?” 

Thank you Tiny Devotions for allowing me to share my story! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at: sherocksfitness@gmail.com. You can also follow me on:

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