“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” (Lao Tzu)
Hello friends. My name is Alyssa. I was recently asked if writing this blog for the Pilgrimage website is something that would interest me. Frankly, I am quite excited at the prospect. What’s that? You want me to share my thoughts/emotions/ideas with others? I’m in. Totally.
First, a little about me. I’m a 31 year old yoga instructor. I completed my Teacher Training in 2010 through Pilgrimage of the Heart’s yoga alliance certified program. I’m originally from Ohio, but since I’ve lived in San Diego for 10 years now, I think it’s safe say this is home. I love camping, cooking, rock climbing, and puppies. (I mean, come on. . . who doesn’t love puppies?) While I do enjoy long walks on the beach, I prefer challenging hikes to the tops of mountains. There are some great ones right here in San Diego county. Catch me in the studio sometime and I’ll tell you all about them!
Now, a little about you. Yep, I mean you. The ones who make this studio what it is. . . the staff, teachers, students, and members. This is what I know about you. You come to yoga to breathe. You stretch and smile in gentle classes, and you sweat and push in hot classes. You close your eyes and sing ancient Sanskrit songs at music meditation, and you walk out of Courtney’s Sunday meditations feeling transformed. You offer hugs and smiles at every opportunity. You create a sense of community that has an almost magnetic draw. Basically, you are awesome. (If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit one of the studios yet, stop by sometime. You’ll see what I mean!)
Metaphorically speaking, it’s so very nice to meet you! I think we’re going to have a lot of fun together. Sometimes I feel like a baby in this world of yoga. . . there’s so much to learn, so much room for growth. Having the opportunity to share these revelations is such a gift.
I look forward to exploring all this life of yoga and this world of blogging have to offer. And I’m not alone; I have you to share it all with! If what Lao Tzu says is true, then I’ve got a long way to go. I look forward to every step along the way. Consider this my first, single step.