Trust in the Magic of New Beginnings
“Every end is a new beginning" - Unknown
If you have ever been to one of my yoga classes, you have probably heard me say "every breath is an opportunity to begin again, no matter where you are, no matter what you are doing."
In every breath, there is a cycle of life. Each breath has a beginning, a middle, and an end. The inhale is the beginning, the pause at the top is the middle, and the exhale is the end. Every breath goes through birth, growth, and death. The breath is a microcosm of our life. The breathing process provides us an opportunity to witness our relationship to endings. It helps us to observe how we handle endings. By clinging to the old, it makes it hard for something new to emerge. And if you know me at all, I hold onto the old with a death grip. And, I admit, I don’t handle change well at all. So for me, breathing has become an incredibly important part of the process of acceptance and letting go of that fear of change.
Early in my yoga practice I learned that I don’t breathe. I hold my breath and keep everything inside. Literally. Which explains all the tension, headaches, and stress that I had experienced over my life. As my yoga practice has continued to deepen, it is the breath work, not the asanas, that I find serves me the most off my mat.
Over the past several weeks, I have been taking a lot of deep breaths and trying to let go of the old so I can embrace the new.
This weekend I watched my oldest son Max graduate from high school. Tears rolled down my face as I heard his name called to receive his diploma. This chapter of his life is over. In the fall, the next chapter of his life will begin. He will attend Indiana University where he intends to pursue a degree in political science. It has been a bittersweet time for me. I have been a hot mess of emotions. I am truly excited for the opportunities that await him in the future. But I am incredibly sad that my firstborn son is no longer the little boy that I used to snuggle with and read books to every night.
In addition, we have a lot of new beginnings at the studio this month as well. On June 1, Ally Denton started as our new Studio Manager. I am over the moon excited to have Ally on our team! I have known Ally for a few years, and she is incredibly talented, kind and smart. We are lucky to have her! I believe her positive vibe and warm spirit will be a great addition to kOMpose. She will be around the studio so please introduce yourself and say hi!
With Ally's new beginning as the Studio Manager, it means that Chuck's role as our part-time Studio Manager has come to an end. I cannot thank Chuck enough for everything that he has done for kOMpose and for me personally. He came to me last December and offered his help because he saw how much I was struggling trying to manage the studio, my legal practice, and my family commitments. His help and advice have been invaluable. The best thing about working with Chuck has been the close friendship that I have built with him. He is one of the best people that I know. The good news is that he is not going anywhere! When he is not on the golf course, you will find him teaching his classes at kOMpose on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays!!
We also recently launched our new website! We made the website more functional and user-friendly in order to create a better experience for our students. If you haven't checked it, click here. Let us know what you think!
Lastly, our new summer schedule kicked off on June 1!! We have added two new classes–Hip Hop Yoga on Wednesday nights at 7:30 pm with Emily and Teen Yoga on Tuesday afternoons at 4:30 pm with Colleen. Check the website or download the kOMpose app for the most up-to-date class schedule.
The messages from the speakers at Max's graduation ceremony focused on the next chapter of their lives and the possibilities that await them. With wonder in their eyes they spoke of hope, opportunity, and making a positive impact on the world. Their energy and optimism made me think of kOMpose. I am incredibly excited about the changes that we have made and the opportunities that lie ahead of us to make a difference in our community. Every end is a new beginning. Keep breathing!