Kathy Shaul

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Joyologist, DJ, Yoga 200-RYT, Certified Yoga Tune Up®,  Roll Model® Method Movement Therapy, Reiki Practitioner, Business Owner, Member Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists

Passionate about self-care as health care, music and the ripple effects of joy. Big time hugger. Favorite place to be: toes in the sand watching sunset over water. Favorite superpower: Kindness.

A glimpse inside:

When my marriage of 26 years ended, life as I knew it turned inside out and upside down. In one moment, every core relationship I had (and that I mistakenly believed defined me) changed form. While the news didn’t come as a complete surprise, feelings of abandonment, not enoughness and unworthiness took over. As a glass overflowing eternal optimist with a strong work ethic and “figure outer” of things if I don’t know how to do them, it was big time hard to let go of the “way things were supposed to be” dream I was holding tight and acknowledge my inability to love something fixed. Yoga teacher training was a blessing concurrent with the break up of my marriage. The circle of comfort and community I found there kept my heart from breaking into a million tiny pieces and gave me strength to walk through an incredibly painful process from my heart not my head, as our love, our family and all my relationships continued to keep changing. A lifelong information junkie, I can’t tell you how many books I read (Spiritual Divorce by Debbie Ford is powerful) and how hard I worked on healing the puzzle pieces of me back together again.

Eventually I learned how to navigate the space between no longer and not yet. In yoga, transitions are how you move from one pose to another (and they are the most likely places where injuries occur if rushed through or ignored). My transition was the bridge between life as I knew it and the new life I was creating. So I did what I tell my students to do. I honored the transition. And kept breathing. I owned my sadness, my sh*t and all the other really uncomfortable feelings. I slowly learned how to let them pass through without pitching a tent and getting stuck. To stop beating myself up (or others) about things I wish I’d done differently because it served no purpose. And realized life is like one big giant school and often we repeat the same class over and over again until we get the lesson. I cherished those who held my heart and feelings with love and compassion. I slowly learned (reluctantly and with great difficulty) how to ask for and receive help and support. That at the end of the day we can only love. Ourselves first and then one another. But we are each on our own journey and make our own choices. That forgiveness is love in action and when we forgive we free up our heart so joy and peace can live there.

I’m grateful to be a constant work in progress. For love that softens rough edges and is ever present in all relationships. For the opportunity to begin over and over again. To honor the past, get excited about the future, but live right here, right now. To choose joy each day. It’s said that our cracks are where the light gets in. I’m big time cracked, up one side and down the other. And my light is shining through. So is yours. We are ALL more than enough. I’m excited to journey with you. Shine on sisters ❤️

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