Awake to My Soul YTT - First Month

I still can't believe I am in the process of becoming a certified yoga instructor. There is a part of me that is like, "who is this person?!" and another part of me that fully recognizes that it was never really a matter of if I took this path, but when. 

My training is through Awake to My Soul with Ylonda Rosenthal-Greene. I cannot even begin to tell you how happy my heart lit up meeting this woman in person. Talk about an inspiration and true radiating light of inspiration. This woman is raw, real, blunt, and incredible. When she launched her first series last year I desperately wanted to sign up immediately. As fate would have it, I had weddings booked for several weekends, and while I was assured I would still be able to go through the program, I wanted to be all in. 

Fast forward to earlier this year when the 2018 dates were launched and my astonishment that I was free - every. single. weekend. Being someone who's calendar fills up up to a year and half in advance, I couldn't ignore the fact that the stars had aligned. Now was my time.

The first day was a bit of a whirlwind. Friday's we don't meet until 6pm, and I had so much to do beforehand. I was literally driving all over NE Ohio that day, aligning my schedule with picking up Ada, making 3 deliveries, getting Ada to the sitter, and then rushing to the east side for my first big day. I know, everyone has crazy schedules, so don't think I that I am saying I had it rough by any means. I mean, I was about to spend an ENTIRE weekend (and the first of 8) solely dedicated to my own personal practice. My life is pretty easy. But my point is, it wasn't exactly the smoothest entry into what I was envisioning to be a life altering experience. 

I walked in, feeling like I was late (I'm typically the obnoxiously punctual one, so 10 minutes early feels like 10 minutes late to me), and saw a large circle of women. A circle of women, who within the next 72 hours would truly feel like family.

This was a long intro to an abrupt ending in my story. The thing is, even three weeks later, I am at a total loss of words for what that weekend meant to me. It was life altering. It was empowering. It far exceeded my wildest dreams. I left feeling so full of light, gratitude, peace, and energy. So much so, that even now, I can feel that energy in my own practice in way I've never once felt before - in all my 12 previous years of practicing yoga. 

In lieu of continuing to ramble (as I am sure you will be hearing so much more about this journey in the coming months), I will share a bit of my experience via images. Because that's what I do. 

Body Love CLE: Bikini Edition (PLUS Brunch Edition Launch!)

When Debi first asked me to team up with her for the Body Love CLE event she was working on, I immediately said yes. To be honest, I wasn't fully certain what this was all about, but I knew if she was hosting, it was bound to be amazing. She had a vision to empower women to find confidence within their own skin at any given moment, and that was certainly a message I could get behind.

Fast forward a few breaths to the realization that I just said yes to not only photographing an event but also speaking at said event and, let's just say I had to work on my own inner confidence a bit. I actually put the fact that I would be speaking into the back of my mind for a while as I wasn't really sure what I would actually talk about. Alas, Debi being Debi, had full faith in me, and somehow her confidence in and of itself is pretty much what got me through. But I digress.

This event was, hands down, an absolute turning point for me on so many levels. I was forced to face my fear of public speaking, I was given the opportunity to document an event I was so incredibly proud of, and photograph one of the most epic groups of women I have ever met. I say this with the utmost sincerity, I could not imagine a better group of women to launch the Body Love CLE series with. 

Debi led, literally, the most empowering yoga class I have ever witnessed - and probably one of the hardest! There was sweat, there was laughter, there was dancing, and an overall lightness in the room. She killed it and I could not be any more proud of her than I was that day.

As if that wasn't enough, Laura Payne, of Lo Down Living, led a beautiful group discussion, followed by Athleta popping by with a whole rack of their latest swimwear for everyone to try - and let me tell you, these women rocked these bathing suites like nobody's business!

Anyway, this was a long intro to a long photo series, so thanks for sticking with me! 

We just launched the date for our SECOND event: Body Love CLE Brunch, which will be held at the Harness Cycles Lofts in Ohio City. There is limited space, so grab your spot today by clicking HERE!!!


Harness Cycle Lofts
2905 Detroit Ave
Cleveland, OH 44113

Date & Time
Sun, September 23, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT


Hope to see you there!!!