Yoga has been one of the greatest gifts in my life...it is a practice that never ends and continues to awaken and fill my heart more with each passing day.
Over a decade ago, yoga dropped me deeply into a new path of purpose and meaning...
I was always vibrant and had a love for life, but never felt truly connected to myself - I didn't have clarity to recognize this, so it became much easier to mask it all with partying and ignored my hearts true desires...I did this for many years and followed what was 'safe and comfortable' within my family and society.
I found myself at University, totally un-inspired by conventional education and focused my attention on waitressing outside of classes, saving all my money to travel abroad during school breaks. It was through travel that I was ignited and I received the most education from the people and cultures I experienced. I had a deep desire for freedom, and traveling to new parts of the world, letting go of who I thought I needed to be, and experiencing life with a new set of eyes brought me closer to the presence I longed for within. These moments were the first signs from the Universe of the teachings.
During this time in University, I learned about a hot yoga studio in town. I knew nothing about it, except for the older, beautiful girls at work (who I looked up to with complete reverence!) said it was amazing and I had to try it. It didn't take much convincing, and at the end of that first class I remember feeling at home in my body, clear in my mind, and completely at ease...supported...liberated...in my heart. All of which occurred while sober, in a walled room, in the middle of winter, in New Hampshire. I wasn't sure exactly what had happened during those 90 minutes, but I knew the experience was nothing short of awakening and empowering. From that day on, I dove into the practices wholeheartedly.
Fast forward a few years later - a school graduation, plane trips back and forth to India, and I had completed my first Yoga Teacher Training. My personal path begin to unfold with an abundance of enthusiasm and a fierce desire to learn more about myself and life...
Since my first training in 2011, I have followed my inner call to teach, travel, learn, and consciously create a life which is unique to me and brings me joy, passion and purpose. My teaching has been a grounding force which has shifted my own practice on the mat, off the mat. Teaching invigorates every cell in my body and redirects my energy to a path of service, continual studentship and evolution. I am beyond grateful and deeply humbled to share the practices that give me so much strength, grace, love and freedom.
It hit me exceptionally hard today, after teaching a class in a studio, in the same city where I first came to my mat many years ago, just how grateful I am to be immersed in the practices and teachings. It is one of the most rewarding and soul-filling experiences to witness committed practitioners moving with breath, finding focus and stillness, and leaving the studio with a smile as they go out into the world feeling more at peace within.
I am honored to share what I love through various platforms and for the supportive global community of freedom-seekers who continues to inspire me to stand in my truth and follow my heart.
I bow humbly to wisdom of the teachings...I bow to my teachers who have translated them so eloquently...I bow to life's many wild, unforeseen and Divinely timed experiences that remind me of the true practices of yoga, off the mat.
This journey is never ending and I thank you for being a part of mine at this very moment whether we have practiced together or you are reading this from a far. It is the highest gift to share and learn transformational teachings from one another and it is through our own individual awakening that the collective consciousness will rise...
May we continue to serve one another as friends, mentors and community of the heart.
LAUREN LEE E-RYT 500 is passionate about living with purpose, exploring the world, and empowering others to live as their most authentic, radiant Self. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated teacher and forever student on the path of yoga, she leads transformational workshops, retreats and trainings to awaken the individual and collective consciousness. Read more about her here