Welcome to omTownYogis. And guess what, you are now officially an omTownYogi yourself! What does that mean? It means you are part of an on- and offline community of people who practice yoga. Some of us are beginners, some are lifelong practitioners, some are teachers, and most of us are somewhere in between. With this common interest we find ripples of other shared interests and passions related to mind, body, spirit and conscious lifestyles regarding ourselves, our friends, families & neighbors, and our environment.
How to be involved and take advantage of your newfound citizenship in omTown: Simply visit this site, check out the event calendar, forums and groups, and any blogs, articles or videos that pique your interest. Most importantly, be part of the conversation by commenting, posting your events, thoughts, photos, starting new groups or forum discussions, and sharing anything you'd like to with your yoga community, omTownYogis. Invite your yoga-loving friends, too! Occasionally omTownYogis will coordinate live, in-person events so we can all get together and leverage our community for charitable causes.
Let omTownYogis be your place to explore and share your passion for yoga & conscious living. Please introduce yourself below and share a little (or a lot) about you, your yoga journey, interests and practice.
Ok I'll start. My introduction to yoga was, like many little kids, through my mother. She practiced in front of the black & white t.v. set to Lilias! Yoga & You on PBS. She watched Lilias, I watched my mother, together we stretched and breathed and bent and balanced in the living room. Over time neither of us kept up our asana practice, both straying from formal yoga practice, but repeatedly coming back to aspects of it throughout our lives, whether it be asana, forms of pranayama, forms of meditation -- both of us continued following our curiosity and affinity for yogic practices --- we just didn't always call it "yoga."
I rediscovered formal practice after my mother died and I was pregnant with my first baby. What a year that was! Practice felt like a return to home, a return to my mother, a return to me. So wonderful, so powerful. Marya Bradley, Morgan Engels, Marietta Pucillo and Andrea Frazier were central teachers for me at the time. Work was always hectic so my oasis was "noon express" yoga across the street at Yama Yoga. Morgan turned me on to Tias Little, whose teaching I became instantly drawn to to. I felt such strong personal benefit from the practice and noticed the positive effect this was having all around me, as it was coming from within me. It did not take long for me to begin wanting to help bring this gift to others, too. Teaching was an obvious avenue, and I trained and received 200 hr certification at the White Lotus Foundation with Ganga White & Tracey Rich, but I suspected there was more I could do, or at least something different. So the idea of supporting yoga teachers and practitioners dawned on me, it seemed to resonate with yogis, and it seems to be sticking. So here we are. Developing omTownYogis is my way of supporting and growing the practice of yoga and while we're at it, doing other good in our communities too, like fundraising for Meta House and other local causes. Thanks to the omTownYogis board and community for your encouragement, ideas and contributions to the yoga community! It is your receptivity and support that allow me to pursue our mission, an arm of my personal yoga practice, my karma yoga practice. You are my teachers.
I love to practice yoga with my fabulous girlfriend and show my gratitude for such a wonderful yoga community. The greatest teachers and the most centered students reside in the area and our practice florishes with choices of workshops and classes.
I am a manager and, hopefully a good leader of people. I write a weekly blog and find the creative arts a wonderful release. I love to travel and recently visited India, a wonderful experience. We are excited to be part of omTownYogis. We hope to one day contribute and participate in "giving back" to the Milwaukee yoga scene. For now we are thankful for your guidance, strength and inspiration.
Thanks for this post, it's so nice to get to know you at least a smidge better! I love the I Am A Yogi facebook page you started, it has got a really nice vibe to it that really starts with you :)
What's your blog address? Would you maybe think of sharing some of your blog posts here, too? That would be so great!
I am with you on the "giving back." I am just so grateful and inspired by our local yoga teachers and studio owners in particular. We are truly fortunate!
Thanks, Claire! I love the FB page feedback. It keeps growing. Not sure where it's going but I'm grateful for all those that share : - )
I wasn't sure if I could share the blogpost on your site but I'll let you decide if it's appropriate. I'd love the exposure. It's about servant leadership: www.servicetoleaders.blogspot.com
All my thoughts and Namaste'
Where is the event calendar located? I don't see it as an option on my Smart phone....