Hello blog reader/web surfer/desperate parent seeking solace/being of creativity pursuing enlightenment/bored person looking to kill some time/whatever you choose to call yourself:
For whatever reason you are here, I’m grateful to have you and hope that you’ll nestle in and make yourself nice and cozy. I’d tell you to bring it in for a big ol’ hug, but seeing as this is just cyber-space, we’ll let it go for now. Just know that I’m so happy that you’re here and that I believe the Universe has sent you here for one reason or another. <3
You are about to find out who I am, why I’m here writing this blog and the mysteries behind the meaning of life. All right, so maybe I don’t actually have the answer to that last one. But, who knows, maybe by the time you’ve read through this, you’ll have found the answer within yourself… then again, maybe not. I’m not gonna make any promises; we’ve only just met and I can’t start out our relationship with the possibility of letting you down. You deserve better than that.
I guess it just makes the most sense to introduce myself and then go from there. So, here’s the deets:
My name is Gretchen Lakshmi. I’m 35 years old, a yoga instructor, newly single, a mother of two darling little babies (the bunnies – both under two years old), and my sun sign is Aquarius. No, that wasn’t supposed to be my dating profile, so please don’t go there.
While my position as a yoga teacher and blogger keeps me in the public eye, I am actually highly introverted and prefer to keep my private life quiet and simple. Lakshmi is my professional name, my yoga name. And while the name was chosen for me, if I had the opportunity to choose a name for myself, I think I would have chosen it anyway. Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth and beauty, both material and spiritual. So, I am blessed to have such an amazing namesake.
I know all those silly labels and yoga names don’t really give you much insight into the depths of my soul, but this is just an introduction. You’ve got to start somewhere, right?
Now that we’ve met, come closer. Sit down and relax for a few minutes. Put your feet up. I’m going to let you in a little bit, so go ahead and get comfortable. This is where I start to get vulnerable… You should know that I recently escaped an abusive relationship. This was a three-year relationship that I had with the father of my children. I tell you this because it affects everything, absolutely everything, about me. How I conduct myself, the way I stand or walk, the way I speak and interact with people, even my thoughts and dreams.
So, I feel like I should put it all on the table before we even begin… I am broken. I am in need of healing. Just because I have moved out doesn’t mean that this is over for me. I am still fighting a battle at this very moment that tests my strength daily. I will neither discuss the current circumstances regarding this fight (that will come later down the road), nor will I go into detail about the abuse at this time (that will be for another post, so if this speaks to you, please hang in there – I will share my story with you soon). Just know, that this is me, in all my nakedness, baring it all for the world to see.
Now, moving forward towards a new future that I’m so incredibly excited to tell you about! My children and I are embarking on a journey that will lead us to the Peaceful Valley Ashram this May. This is the same beautiful establishment where I received my 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training certification and is the part-time home of my personal guru, Leela Mata.
I have been invited to work, study & live at the Ashram for the summer and couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining such a wonderful staff and to have the opportunity to deepen my own personal yoga practice. This is the perfect place for us, my children & I, to heal… to find our path again. I believe that Spirit lead me to this destination and I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunities set before me.
So, this is where the my story begins, at least this new chapter in the story of my life. I will be sharing everything I experience from here forward with you. My intention is to relate my experiences at the Ashram with you, dear kindred spirit, so that I may heal & potentially give others the courage to do the same. Maybe not in exactly the same way, but with the same sense of love and determination.
My hope is to post updates regularly, two to three times every week. But remember, I am a single mommy, so bare with me if I am unable to fulfill this hope EVERY week. I will promise to always do my best to connect with each of you as often and as sincerely as possible.
I look forward to our journey together! Thank you so much for coming along with me. Your love and support is just what I need to see me through, so thank you again!!
Love, light and many blessings!
– Gretchen Lakshmi