At Liquido, we want to encourage women to be confident, bold, and strong. This week, we introduce our blogger, yoga teacher Beth Stuart. Beth shares her story about her journey with yoga and how this practice teaches her to be grateful for her life, yoga, and her beautiful son Jack.
Read and enjoy Beth's Journey!
My life is loud. I am always on the go. I say bad things to myself. I get road rage. I swear. I drink wine. I get angry.
I am a yoga teacher, and I am human.
My journey into silence...
Sit STILL. Don't TALK. Don't THINK. Basically don't do ANYTHING.
These are the first words I heard during my first class. The teacher might have stated it a little more gently, something like, "Come into the space and quiet the mind. Become one with your breath."
In that statement I heard expectation, pressure and fear. I can't be still and I'm already thinking about my grocery list! I'm fucked! I should just leave now I thought. But I stayed, luckily my curiosity outweighed my fear.
The class progressed and I slowly became more comfortable. Loud music was turned on and my grocery list started to fade. The pace quickened and I started to sweat. The flow was almost hypnotizing. Before I knew it the class was over. I was laying in a puddle of my own sweat, my body tired but awakened, and my mind was empty. In that moment I got it. The movement was my stillness, the music was my silence, and the vigor was my don't do anything. I was hooked.
I started practicing Yoga regularly when I was attending school in New York City. Growing up in Sun Valley, Idaho I was used to the mountains, relaxed paces, and open spaces. The city made me feel anxious, scared, and almost exhausted. I was craving quiet. I was in need of space and hungry for a deeper connection. Once I started flow classes at Kula Yoga I was sold. It was my medicine, my drug, and Yoga quickly became my spiritual practice.
The same year I began teaching I also gave birth to a son. His name is Jack. He is now 5 years old, and Jack has Autism. I love the life lessons we are given. I mean really? How pertinent. Yoga was literally delivered to me in this child. Every moment was my teaching. At first, I felt that same anxiety, fear and exhaustion that I did in New York City. I felt as though I couldn't handle this. More importantly, how was he supposed to handle this? Deep down though I knew that this was the most beautiful teaching I would ever receive.
Yoga has taught me that not only do we get what we can handle, but we also get what we NEED. I need Jack, and his daily reminders, just as much as he needs me. I need my Yoga. I need my meditation and my music. I need to sweat, and move, and I need to lay still. I need my green juice and my wine. I need balance. We all need balance. I had to learn that stillness and movement weren't two separate things but rather that they co-exist.
Thank you Yoga.
Beth Stuart started teaching vinyasa flow yoga after discovering the transformative power of the practice while attending college in New York City. She is known for her playful and creative sequencing, upbeat music, and contagious attitude. Beth sees yoga as a moving meditation and strives to help her students color outside the lines of their practice by inspiring them to be curious and open. Whether you take her vigorous vinyasa flow class or her high-energy hip-hop yoga, you will leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and with a smile on your face. Beth has studied with some of the world’s leading yoga teachers, including Schuyler Grant, David Regelin, Tiffany Cruikshank, and Kathryn Budig—and she constantly seeks out new training in order to grow her own practice and teaching. Beth’s practice was born of her roots in Tae Kwon Do, theater, creative movement, and fitness. She teaches adult and children in group and private settings. Beth is based in Sun Valley, Idaho and is available for private sessions, group classes, special events, retreats, modeling, and travel. Off the mat, Beth practices the yoga of mothering with her greatest teacher of all, 5-year-old Jack.
Pictures by: Ashley Nicole - @ashleynicolepics