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Happy Fall!  This is a picture of my kiddos when we visited the “pumpkin patch” in our new town.  While this church lawn scattered with pumpkins was very different from driving out to a farm and riding a wagon to pick our pumpkin as we have done in years past, it was still a fun family experience.  As we continue to settle into our new community and celebrate all our first holidays here, we are taking each day and each event as an exciting new experience and loving every minute.  Santosha at it’s best – contentment with what is now!

I have been here 5 months now, and we really feel settled in our home and our neighborhood.  I just recently started teaching yoga here.  It has only been a couple weeks.  Things are going well, but for things like yoga when you leave a location you leave your current students.  It is not only sad to leave those connections and those friends, but it is hard to find a new community when you arrive in the new location.  I am definately enjoying those I am meeting and having fun teaching to new folks that have different experiences, needs and desires from their yoga practice.  But, I am also trying to connect back to my beginner’s teachers mind about how to reach those new to yoga in our area or my studio.  I am trying to get folks excited about their practice and about the community that yoga brings to a location.

I have question to you folks who have been my student for a long time or for those yogis for a while regardless of who your teacher is/was…what was it that made you come back to yoga time and time again?  What drew you to yoga in the first place?  What if your favorite thing about yoga?  How do you really fit it into your life?

So, asking for feedback this time.  Give me some fresh ideas that will inspire me to inspire others in my community.  Thank you so much for you time and your thoughts.

FYI, getting geared up to blog more.  Changing things a little though.  I am going to try posting more info and articles on yoga as well as fitness, training tips, and sample practices.  In addition, I will get a regular Jessica orginal article on yoga philosophy and how it relates to life.  I look forward to “seeing”you all online more.

Hello!

It has been quite awhile.  I could recount all the reasons why I have not blogged in a month, but we are all busy, so you all know why I haven’t been spinning words on WordPress lately.  Not to mention I have decided that I am not a “daily blogger”.  I had intentions at one point last year to post at least 4 or 5 times a week.  I realized that my writing just isn’t like that.  It is spontaneous and from an authentic place that is an outlet for me to express an opinion.  It felt too forced and fake when I gave my self parameters to post daily.  So, here we are without a post in about a month, but I promise good things to come!

I hope that the New Year has treated you all well.  I have been enjoying many new things in the new year.  One of which is a fuller work load.  I am teaching lots of yoga these days and dipping back into the massage-world also.  It is nice to be active in the community of healers around here.  I feel blessed to be part of it.  One thing I have realized while teaching more is that I learn more when I teach more.  Doesn’t sound right does it?  But, it is the truth.  I go to trainings, classes and workshops to learn new things.  I read and research to find more information.  I speak to people I respect as teachers and leaders in my chosen field.  BUT, the true learning, the complete comprehension of the material, does not happen until I actually teach it.  In this way, I am not only the teacher in class, but also student!  And vice versa.  If you are my student, you can also consider yourself my teacher.  This is a beautiful way to look at all of life.  As we move through life, we are always the student and always the teacher: exchanging information, transferring energies, and connecting each other through those exchanges. 

One of my favorite quotes from recent reading is,

“If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it.  If you want to master something, teach it.”

Yogi Bhajan

We are all teachers, and we are all students – our entire life.  As a student, I read all the new information and commentary coming out about yoga and healing therapies.  I have typically stayed away from writing about any of the “hot topics” in yoga news.  I do not want my ideas to ever come across as political, one-sided, or controversial.  But, in an effort to completely understand some of the info and stories out there right now, I am going to begin to write about them.  As someone once said, “You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.” (I believe this is a country music song, but I am sure it is someone else’s quote also 🙂 .)  I know I have something to say about the politics of the yoga community right now…hmmm….just going to take a while to get the thoughts organized so they are said in the right way.  More to come…

Look forward to sharing my thoughts with you and I hope to hear back from you with your opinions.  Do you have any topic that you feel passionately about now?  Anything you want me to get on my soapbox about?  The safety of yoga, the business of yoga, yoga ethics, etc.  Let me know.  Would love to hear what you are learning, understanding and teaching these days!

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Wilmington, NC

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Jessica Hagler King

"Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own." -- Nikos Kazantzakis
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. -Theodore Roosevelt