White Orchid was created to offer an environment in which to explore the world of yoga and to encourage the inner journey of self-discovery that inevitably results. All levels of experience are offered allowing students to both establish and develop a practice unique to each person. We all have something to heal… Ashtanga is a healing practice. That’s why, in honor of this beautifully powerful tradition, and in honor of my son Nicholas, who lives on within me, White Orchid was opened. I offer this venue as a place of healing.
I am passionate about Yoga, specifically, Ashtanga Yoga, because of the impact it has had on my life. In April 2005, I suffered the loss of my son, Nicholas. There are no words to express the intensity of a loss of a child. All that you know, all that you are, your very existence, is forever altered. My reality had shifted…. drastically. I couldn’t take a full breath… for a long, long time…I couldn’t breathe. I would go to sleep each night, praying that the next day, when I woke up, it would all be a bad dream. But, it wasn’t… I had to find a way to accept, that which as a parent, is simply impossible to accept. I tried to exercise myself to exhaustion, just so that I wouldn’t feel the pain. I read every book I could get my hands on, looking for answers, where there were none. Finally, I moved back to the beach, where I have always found my peace. And I found Yoga, again…after 30 or more years. Through the slow, deliberate, practice of the Ashtanga series, I began to find my breath again…. I began to find a way to accept, I began to find my way back. So, you see to me, Ashtanga is far more than exercise. Ashtanga found me, gave me hope, and helped me find a way to live again. Not the same life, and with a badly battered heart and soul… but slowly, slowly, it gave me back my life.
Why White Orchid:
My son, Nicholas gave me orchids, for Mothers Days, for my birthdays. They were his favorite flower…they were his special gift to me.
My love to you,
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