I had this magnet once that had the quote, “Bloom where you are planted”. I do not know who the quote is attributed to, as the magnet did not have it in it.

That quote kept me focused many times when disappointments came my way.

Today, I saw what it really meant. 

I’ve taught over 1,500 yoga classes and this was probably one of the most fun classes I’ll remember most :)

This is where I have been planted — a fertile, nourishing ground called Yoga+.  

It sometimes (scratch that — it always) amazes me how blessed I am that the winds blew me this direction, especially since Yoga+ was one of the few studios (at least four years ago when I started my practice) that I had no idea about. For one, it was out of my way (or so I thought it was) and two, I wasn’t really a fan of hot yoga so I never sought it out.

But as fate would have it, a simple “yes” to an invitation has opened up a world of possibilities. I found a support system that extends beyond work and colleagues who go out of their way to welcome me and encourage me always. I’ve discovered bosses who don’t only expect me to work for them, but who make me want to work harder for them and have made efforts to make even my personal life better. I’ve made friends with whom I can share my passion and my real self with, with no worry of judgment, allowing me to drop my usually raised guards. I’ve been given opportunities to harness my talents, maximize my gifts and hone my potentials. Most of all, I’ve found my voice and made my way to making peace with my body while still working to improve it to make it healthier rather than just skinnier.

So yes, I bloomed where I was planted. And this is just the beginning. 

For all of this, I am grateful. 

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