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Opening up

The past two years have been incredibly challenging, and it’s taken me this long to talk about my experience openly. I’m a private person only sharing my deepest thoughts with close friends and family so this is way out of my comfort zone. But after meditating for a while on sharing my experiences, my intention is to reach others who might be battling similar challenges and share how I attempt to stay sane through the practice of yoga – on and off the mat. Perhaps I can also start a conversation with others and share experiences so we can uplift, inspire and enhance our health + well-being. I am a firm believer in “it takes a village.”

My husband was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer early 2016. He is retired Special Forces and never smoked. So, the diagnosis was quite a shock. I’ll never forget the day we received the news, I was on my way to teach yoga, and my class was going to start in less than an hour. It was too short notice to get a sub; I was already subbing for a fellow teacher. How on earth was I going to make it through class without crumbling? Well, like I tell students, take deep breaths and focus on the moment. I felt guilty leaving my husband but he is incredibly strong and supportive, so the next 90 minutes will be OK. I knew there was not much I could do at the time but pull myself together and be there for my students. I made space to breathe, move and focus on what was at hand so that I can be there for my family.

The next year and some months until now have been a whirlwind, and it still is.  One thing that remains constant for me is the practice of yoga. Through mindful movement and breathing, I embrace the moment and accept what is. I fall often, in every sense of the way, but I pick myself up. I plan to continue sharing my joys and struggles. I thank you for reading and hope you find some inspiration to stay strong. Stay tuned and namaste.

Warning: I do not have a background in English and I  drop occasional f-bombs. ~Katherine

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