Meet creative soul and yogini, Meg Jamison...
RYB: 3 words to describe yourself:
MJ: Spirit follower : creative : connector
RYB: Where are you from?
MJ: Nashville, Tennessee, ya’ll!
RYB: Where do you call home?
MJ: My family is in the South. My tribe is in Colorado, and my home is wherever the Spirit leads.
RYB: What has influenced your yoga path?
MJ: There are a beautiful series of teachers that have graced my path, so many small moments have become deeply impactful for my journey. My first teacher was a YMCA instructor, named Felicia, in a super long savasana, she described a cabin on a lake with fireflies. I forgot for one-split second that I was alive and this was the first time I felt transcendent.
Another moment happened several years later when my practice was becoming kind of selfish. I was in a Johnny Kest workshop at Wanderlust, and I remember staring in the eyes of someone I’d never met before. We looked at each other for 10 minutes and this presence, seeing myself staring back in the eyes of someone else, made me think, “this is what it’s all about. This is why I’m here.”
So many other moments have influenced me deeply, singing with Ayla Nereo in a workshop called Finding Your Voice, the most sincere and transcendent adjustments of Elena Brower, crying uncontrollable in a kundalini class with Gurmukh, and classes on a regular basis from my teachers, Amy Baker, Rob Loud, and Keri Bergeron. I am so grateful for my teachers.
Lastly and certainly not least, I am heavily influenced by time spent with my vibrant community of humans that are interested in asking the Big Questions: Why am I here? How am I serving? What does my soul need?
RYB: What are your aims as a teacher?
MJ: My teaching is really just exploration and observation. I love a sweaty physically challenging class, but I love even more what happens internally through this type of practice. In the moments of difficulty, I encourage my students to see past the pain of the legs tingly while sitting in Utkatasana (chair pose) and on to how our thoughts, intention, and breath can make the challenge useful for our personal growth. The fierce dedication of the heart is much stronger than the self-limiting beliefs of the mind, so I create an opportunity for these messages to come through, a container where my students are safe to feel and observe. I am very hands on in my teaching and love to make my people feel good (Thai massage is a hobby of mine. I think they like it too!)
RYB: You are a talented artist and creative spirit. What are some of the ways you express your creativity?
MJ: I love words. I absolutely love them to tears. I think that communicating with these little characters that we have assigned cultural significance too is one of the most creative and ingenious human inventions. When the lessons come, I just start writing.
Meditation and self-reflection are also a big part of my creative process. I work to connect my supernatural experiences with the things I’m working on in my practice and my work. For example, the other day, I was driving through Kansas and saw so many hawks, more than ever before. After feeling lost all week, that night, I had a dream where I saw my love coming towards me in the distance and glanced up to see a beautiful golden hawk watching over me. I woke up, had an intense moment of meditation and realized that I was being protected and guided along my path. Later that day, I drew the hawk from my dream and shared it with my community.
Balancing the mystical and the common place in thoughts, words, images, and dreams is truly my process.
RYB: How have you found design and yoga to be similar?
MJ: Wow. Such a beautiful notion. In a two words: problem-solving. Design, for me, is much more than artistry. It’s really about addressing an issue creatively and simply with the least amount of effort. Design is about making life easier, more clear, less fussy. This is in essence my yoga. I go to my mat with a set of problems that the day has given me. I notice what’s happening in my mind and work it out as I move. Same, same.
RYB: Do you feel it is important for holistic health practitioners to have a strong online presence?
MJ: Mmm, yes and no. I think what is most important is for everyone (holistic health practitioners included) to understand their unique brilliance and to share that with every single person they encounter. Of course, I explore this with online and personal branding, but even in my process, I am less concerned about a brand or appearance and more concerned with story, value and meaning. If you have a brand without those three things, it’s insignificant and empty. I’m not into that. I love giving my clients a narrative, the words and images, to make their story meaningful. What’s important to me is not how things look from an outside view, but how things really are from the inside out.
RYB: Do you have any self practices or daily rituals?
MJ: You know, I really don’t. I find that my rituals quickly become routine. Invoking the divine in everything I do happens for me when I switch things up. However, I do move in some way, every single day. It gets my energetic body and my creative mind flowing. I also write in my journal, but only when the Spirit moves and only my most sacred thoughts. I don’t want my grandchildren reading about what I ate for lunch on March 9, 2016 ;)
RYB: Best advice ever given to you?
MJ: You can do everything, but you can’t do it all at once.
RYB: Dreams for the coming years?
MJ: So many! I want to create a design class and mindfulness based education class for high-schoolers. I was quite the hellion growing up. I didn’t have any creative outlets to explore. I was sad and uninspired for far too long. All the things I enjoy now, yoga, rock-climbing, hiking, camping, sustainable living, meditation, thai massage, acrobatics, flow, hooping, and design, could have easily saved me from some of the incredibly difficult and painful experiences of my younger years. I have ideas for a few retreats, a personal memoir. Mostly, I just want to help more people come alive to their creative potential and to tell more beautiful stories with their life.