DING DING DING
I wish it was an alarm clock, but it was the sound of my car’s safety system notifying 911.
I fell asleep at the wheel and drove up a curb. My chest already felt sore from the seatbelt and I winced as I unbuckled my seatbelt.
Freedom started bellowing in the backseat. I had to get to him, but i was moving so slow. Weakly pushing my driver side door open, I made my way to the back door. It felt like the longest journey of my life….
I looked him in the eyes and he immediately stopped crying. As I undid his harness, I checked his body for any injuries. Not even a scratch. My heart sank to my knees in deep gratitude for the Universe truly looking out for us.
I took a walk around the car and knew it was unsalvageable. At that moment, I knew I hit rock bottom.
Freedom was 9 months old and I was in the pits of severe postpartum depression and anxiety. Without a doubt, I loved my baby, AND i was beyond tired of and from EVERYTHING. It was time to slowly climb my way out.
It was time to put on my tool belt. Through intentional choices, active self healing, professional therapy, and leaning on community, I became more strong, balanced, and flexible- just like my physical yoga practice.
I began to let go and entertain the visions I had of starting my own yoga business. And so I did it- I started a yoga business from nothing and named it after my son, my guiding light, Freedom.
Originally, I started Freedom Yoga to support new mothers. If there had been more accessible postpartum healing, I believe I would not have fallen so low into my suffering. Through way of evolution, I arrived at the mission to create community on the path. This is because it truly takes a village. The conversation and practices had/has to be broader.
That was the past and right now is the present. Building the Freedom Yoga community is the present I give myself everyday. I love sharing my mothering journey with those I share my yoga practice with. I am so grateful to get a glimpse into others' homes and cultivate a space where we can truly come as we are.
I am living a dream that fills me with much joy. I am building the community that is raising my son. Will you build this community with me, for our families?