8 years ago there was a lot of stuff gurgling in my life. Another move (many had preceded), my mother's brave fight with terminal cancer, and our boys were getting of the age to leave home. This was kindling for striking out on a new path for me, a yearning for something more.
I had found Yoga as a way to heal my endurance athlete body several years earlier, so I thought, why not teach yoga to help other people heal, too. A web search for a training that was relatively close to home and that fit into my wife and mother role, uncovered a Shambhava Center called Shoshoni Yoga Retreat. A friend and favorite yoga teacher of mine had graduated from Shoshoni, so I gave her a call. She enjoyed her training immensely and mentioned that, “it's an intense yoga training”. So, of course, I was “ALL IN”.
Two weeks later I pulled into the Ashram and I realized right away I was going to experience much more about Yoga than the poses I had been practicing for the last 7 years. We started meditating the very first night. I could feel that my teachers were “ALL IN”, too. The days included an in depth training of yoga poses, pranayama, and anatomy, which I loved. But the best part was being introduced to Yogic philosophy/the meaning of OM, mantra, opening my heart, feeling gratitude and quieting the mind to become aware of the peace that can be experienced inside. “ALL IN”
I must admit it took me a couple years and A LOT of support to develop a regular meditation practice, but once I understood the workout with Yoga was actually a "Work In", I found that what I was yearning for was actually to be "ALL IN".
Another move brought my husband and I to Denver and as luck/grace would have it I am now even closer to a Shambhava Center (Whole Yoga) where I am supported to continue my journey “ALL IN”.