There’s unicorn-like magic in coming home – seeing familiar faces, visiting favorite places, discovering new spaces, seeing a unicorn on the bars…

So far my favorite new movement space is a gymnastics school that offers adult classes! Fun fact: my childhood dream was to be an Olympic gymnast.

Being back on the uneven bars and jumping on a trampoline reignited the feeling that kept me begging my mom for more gymnastics classes…

..the wild and focused freedom of physical movement…

The bruises on the tops of my thighs I can take or leave – but seeing them reminds me: “Hey remember when we rediscovered pull-overs on the bars?”

To use a car analogy:

Gymnastics feels volatile, explosive, and fun, like driving a Formula 1 race car.

Ashtanga Yoga feels calm, exhausting, and enjoyable like taking a long multi-day trip in a Cadillac.

Both require energy, strength, stamina, breath, focus, and rest to enjoy the ride.

My holiday wish for youdo what it takes to feel wildly free in your body.

If this time of year is mentally tough for you, I get that. What helps me cope with the daily stresses of life is movement. It helps me flip (couldn’t help it) my mental state from overwhelm to content. Every. Damn. Time.

You can start a yoga practice at home! Here’s what you get with Online Yoga Membership:

  • online yoga classes: stream on Vimeo or attend live on Zoom (every Thursday 9-10:15 AM Pacific – no class December 30th!)
  • practice in the privacy of your home
  • get helpful alignment feedback from me
  • connect with an inclusive community

I’m here to support you in your yoga journey. Hope to see you on your mat!

XO,

Rachel

Rachel Drummond is a student and teacher of Ashtanga Yoga, handstand enthusiast, and writer. She enjoys practicing and teaching yoga all over the world and writing about how to bring yoga to life off the mat through contemplative physical practices.

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