When change is hard

Many people find change difficult, perhaps most people. But I would venture to say I am not one of those people. I’ve gone through a lot of fairly drastic change in my life, and for the most part I have welcomed it and embraced it. When I feel compelled to move in a new direction in any area of my life, I tend to just go for it. My guiding philosophy is that this precious life is our playground, our grand experiment, so why hesitate when you’re feeling called? If you aren’t causing harm to yourself or another, follow the call, and see.

 

Then there’s yoga. Like meditation, yoga is one of those practices that once you step on the path, it’s a lifelong journey because the room for growth and personal transformation is infinite. What a beautiful gift! So I knew a long time ago that I would practice yoga for the rest of my life. What I didn’t know is that I wouldn’t teach it forever.

 

This one, this change, has been immensely difficult to move forward with. The letting go has not come easily. Then why let go?

 

I started to make the transition away from teaching yoga about 8 months ago when it became clear to me that my professional passion had decidedly moved in a different direction, and I wanted to shift my time and energy to those endeavors. I completed my work with all of my private clients, yet I held on to one weekly group class at Liberation Yoga, my teaching home base for the past 6 years.

 

This class was the first studio class I ever had the privilege of calling my own and it’s a class that’s very dear to me. Liberation is a special place, a beautiful community of teachers and students with whom I adore sharing time and space. To release it would mean walking away from all of that, and my final attachment to what represents my first step onto my entrepreneurial path (the greatest adventure of my life thus far!).

 

The truth is, my heart had already transitioned away. I was in love with my new endeavors and wanted to pursue them wholeheartedly. I knew that holding onto the class was only prolonging the inevitable, potentially hindering the progress of my new projects, and keeping the class from flourishing with a new teacher.

 

When we are being called in a new direction, it’s important to clear space for that new energy to flow and expand.

 

So I’m here to say I am taking the leap and doing the final release. My last weekly group class at Liberation is Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30pm. Please join me and let’s celebrate our journey together.

 

Of course, I’m not saying goodbye to yoga or Liberation entirely! As part of my new passion I am leading a monthly workshop called the Women’s Wellness Circle, which incorporates yoga, meditation, and guided discussion on issues surrounding women’s wellness, self-care, and self-love. This month’s topic is Divine Feminine Anger. If you are feeling called, please come. (See info and flyer below.)

 

You might be wondering, what are these new endeavors I speak of? I teach people natural solutions for living a nontoxic life using essential oils and I guide women to prioritize their self-care through my Feel Good Goddess Program and the Women’s Wellness Circle. I am an Essential Oil Educator and Goddess Lifestyle Coach. You’ll see much more on the Goddess program in the coming weeks, so do stay tuned.

 

When something or someone is very near and dear to your heart, it’s not easy to walk away. In those cases, change is hard. The truth is though, they will always be with you because they are part of your journey and part of who you are today. I walk away from this class, and from my yoga teaching journey as I knew it, with complete faith that the change will lead to positive transformation for everyone involved, because it feels right in my heart.

 

Please share in the comments below any situation where change has felt difficult for you, either past or present. How did you get through it? How may this community support you?

 

Lots of love,

Sasha

 

P.S. To attend the Women’s Wellness Circle, please call Liberation at 323-964-5222 to reserve your spot.

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Published by Sasha Marie Stone

Happiness Engineer at Automattic, work-from-home wellness expert, life coach, and dog mom.

4 thoughts on “When change is hard

  1. Hi sweet Sasha!

    Oh how I miss you! I read your blog and of course it is so completely relevant to my life right now. As you know I moved to Austin a week and a half ago. I can’t believe it’s been almost two full weeks since I last saw LA. As you can imagine this has been such a huge and emotional transitional process. Leaving Los Angeles and all my friends (you included), after having been a nine year resident was very difficult for me. I didn’t even get to catch you before leaving!

    Anyway for the last two months I had been prepping away for this huge move, and lifestyle change to not only return to Texas but to start culinary school. Yes, I knew I was leaving but was working on auto pilot just to get things done. The last couple months had been emotional with turning 33 in May, and from having a birthday party (thanks for coming!) and going away party. Between working two jobs, trying to pack/prep for the move and see friends it made for very full days.

    After everything was done for the move, the only thing left was to do was say goodbyes to friends. That has honestly been the hardest part of this journey. I feel so lucky and blessed to have made such wonderful friends, and to know that you are loved by many. Driving through Arizona, New Mexico and then Texas alone made for an exciting yet emotional drive. I’m sure I cried through all three states!

    Now that I’ve been in Austin for 1 1/2 weeks it’s a bit better. Don’t get me wrong – I was LA homesick for friends intensely the first four days, and returning back to school after having been out for 11 years was a bit nerve wracking. It’s taking some adjustment, but I try to keep in contact w/ my LA friends daily and I try to stay focused on school and being positive. There were times that I did start to have some doubts whether this was the right decision or not, especially since I was getting overwhelmed with these adjustments. However, I’ve told myself to try to be positive and give this a decent shot. I’ve already made some friends, and went salsa dancing last night.

    It’s nice to see more greenery and less concrete jungle, and people out here have been really nice. You start to forget how friendly people can be outside of LA hahah. Anyway I’m just praying and trying to take it one day at a time, and focus on school and do the best I can. I remind myself that LA will always be there if I want to come back, but for now I owe it to myself to give myself a fighting chance.

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    1. Charmagne, I am so proud of you! I know how huge this is for you, and I’m amazing at how quickly it all happened (or seemed to happen anyway). You took a huge leap, and it sounds like you are being patient with the adjustment process, which is wonderful. I’m sure in no time you will have an abundance of friends, and you’ll be so absorbed in your culinary program that it won’t matter anyway 😉 Can’t wait to see and hear about your journey.

      Thank you for posting and keeping in touch. I’m glad this one resonated with you. Best of luck love!!

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