Sanskrit, literally ‘union.’
I believe people enter our lives when we need them. We are meant to form relationships and patterns with others at specific times during our time on this Earth. Deidra, owner of Gather Together Yoga in Eugene, is one of these people who came along just when I needed her. However, I didn't know it at the time.
I've known Deidra since middle school & we went to high school together too. We knew each other & liked each other but didn't really hang out together. She was the blonde bubbly cheerleader & I was the introverted drama nerd. She's blonde, adorable and tiny & I'm brunette, dramatic and a size 16. On the surface we appear totally opposite but this is where things get weird!
Fast forward to 3 years ago, after 10-15 years of not seeing each other. Deidra saw a photo of our daughter on her preschool's Facebook page and sent me a note. Her daughter was enrolled there too, one year behind our daughter. Neat! Oh...and we only lived one mile apart. Crazy! We decided to get all our kids together to swim in the summer heat & catch up on 15+ years of life. Here's what we soon discovered; our kids are all similar in age, our own birthdays are one week apart, we both have black lab dogs, we both worked as graphic designers and have similar work experience, we are both awesome photographers & both spend time in central Oregon where...get this...our houses are only a few miles apart! What?! This was just crazy! Mind blown! POOF!
I was very stressed and had overcome some health issues not long before running into Deidra. Life just felt...stressful. Hard. Exhausting. I was doubting my photography business and abilities and was just sort of...meh...about life. When Deidra told me she was opening a yoga studio down the street I thought....okay...but I'm not a yoga person. I mean...isn't yoga just for tiny bendy people? But, Deidra gave me a free yoga pass and I went...and I was hooked! Yoga was what I needed to calm my body and nerves and center myself at this time in my life. It's been a game changer. Mind blown again!
Now, I go 1-2 times a week. Am I super tiny and bendy? No. Do I love yoga? Yes! I am strong! I can hold poses like a rock star! My flexibility has improved in these 10 months and more important, my mind is more relaxed. I don't stress out as much. I slow down and enjoy the little things. I take time for me. I am grateful.
So join me and Deidra, as well as her amazing staff at Gather Together Yoga, for your own journey. You'll love it. I promise.
2/13/2017 09:19:21 am
I feel more relaxed just looking at these pics! Thanks!
2/13/2017 09:30:40 am
Love the simplicity of these! Definitely makes me want to go and try yoga!
2/13/2017 10:46:07 am
I'm reminded that I need to get back into yoga!
2/13/2017 12:15:05 pm
Oh stunning! I am not really good at Yoga, I need something like this deinitely1
2/13/2017 02:19:49 pm
Yes! I am a huge yoga lover. And as the yogis say, yoga is for everyBODY. So glad y'all reconnected and you found this outlet.
2/13/2017 07:19:03 pm
I love my yoga practice. It is what kept me sane as a new mom! We actually have a class at a local donations-only yoga cooperative for beginners and those that don't think their body type fits in at a yoga studio. It helps empower women.
2/13/2017 08:15:19 pm
I've always wanted to do yoga! I guess I need to try it sometime :)
2/13/2017 09:00:42 pm
This has inspired me to give yoga another chance! Need to find some time to make this part of my daily life!
2/13/2017 09:02:26 pm
These images are awesome! It's funny how much we have in common if we get pass the what we see on the outside.
2/14/2017 07:59:30 am
I believe this about people as well! I have lost many friends over the years, but also gained many new ones. I always say it's for a reason!
2/14/2017 08:50:08 am
Oh how I LOVE yoga! After years and years I have finally gotten my husband into it. I'm still working on the connectedness and the grounding - he thinks all that "earthy" and "hippie" stuff is "not his thing"....but he does yoga almost every day and meditates often.
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