Taking a Moment for Fall

Let’s all take a moment and PAUSE!!! Ok, now breathe... so here we are.

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Fall has slid her little self into our lives and we are in the mist of THE election of our life time. It is so heavy out there in the streets. What do we do? We have to take care of ourselves. 

Now is the time slow down, and evaluate where you are.  What do you need to sow now to reap the benefits later? What do you need to release? What do you need to invite? Create a space where you can sit and figure your shit out. 

The colder temperatures slow us down and it’s almost the holidays. It's just so much... sometimes too much! We have to really get down to the nitty gritty. Now is not the time to sit in the pews and watch. Get yourself out there. 

Move your body a bit. (Just move mindfully, because it is cooler) Throw on an extra pair of socks or a wrap. Get warm, take yourself to lunch/dinner. Take yourself to a movie. When I’m home alone, I like to throw on some music and dance like no one is watching. Honestly, I don’t care if they watch...

This all makes it the perfect time to get out there and make sure you VOTE! Make sure you tell your family and friends as well...
 

Always and in love,
Jyll

New season, new classes, new prices...

Over 400 people showed up for yoga in Prospect Park with Jyll this summer!

Over 400 people showed up for yoga in Prospect Park with Jyll this summer!

Well, it’s about that time again - newsletter time... I get all in my feelings when I have to write these damn things. It’s such a mind fuck. I’m not quite sure why it gets me in a way... As I swallow the bitter pill, let’s get uncomfortable to get comfortable. I’m not a writer, but I do enjoy sharing. Sometimes I overextend the share. Hell, I would prefer to release my shit, instead of holding on to all of it. Soooooo, here we go! 

I’m currently at the beach, trying to keep my senses through the heatwave. I have sand in every crevasse of my body. It puts me in the mind of teaching lately in this heat, with the sweat being like sand. Sand and sweat the same bedfellows in my head. Yet on the flip side, in a month this won’t be a problem... unfortunately! 

Autumn, the season of change is right around the corner. 

Summer is my heart, but I’m a fan of the Fall. The crispness in the air, the leaves changing. Oh, a cute wrap. Fall is cute!!!  As most of you know, I took my first born to Bard College a few weeks ago. Oh man, I wasn’t ready for all those tears, MINE! I know she will be fine, and she is so equipped for college. She is still my baby, and will forever BE! My heart ached. My left arm lost its range of motion. I haven’t practiced in weeks. The tears internally and externally would not stop. My acupuncturist explained to me that it was grief. Go figure! Now after some weeks, I’m shifting my gears, and moving forward. Her ancestors have her, as my ancestors have me! And I have shit to do.... 

The studio is thriving, and the only way that could happen is YOU! If you are reading this, you stepped in the door, and shared your energy in that space. From the bottom of my soul, I thank each and every one of you! I tend to think of the studio as the little train that could. I work for this shit! I’m not a trust fund kid. No one gave me money. My husband ain’t rich. I don’t have investors....etc etc etc.  What I do have is a dream. I wanted this and worked my ass off to get it here. I have these AMAZING angels around me - you know who you are. Absolutely, I have moments when I can’t pull my shit together, and I feel like throwing in the towel. But those amazing angels/tribe let me know, Don’t even try it. I GOT THIS SHIT!

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I’m learning to practice what I kindly suggest. I’m asking for help. If I can’t do it all, it’s fine. Surrender is sweet! I have to be kind to myself. I have to slow the fuck down! Rome wasn’t built overnight. With that being said, the studio is spreading its wings! We are currently planning to expand both our studio space and offerings in 2019.

I have fought tooth and nail to keep the prices reasonable for 6 years. This is my community and I want to always to keep the doors open, but I also have to keep the lights on. I've heard it for years and it was a challenge to accept, but it's finally time to raise our class prices so we can continue to serve this awesome community and grow in new ways for you all in the coming year.

Flowing into February at Urban Asanas

We welcomed high school students and teachers to the studio in January for a special Wellness curiculum at Brooklyn Ascend

We welcomed high school students and teachers to the studio in January for a special Wellness curiculum at Brooklyn Ascend

As I begin to quiet, and reflect on my 2018 thus far… let’s just say one month down and eleven more to go. It has been a bit of a bumpy start, but I feel this Super Blue Blood Moon, with this Leo Lunar Eclipse is bringing some clarity to this journey/life of mine. It seems like, more than ever, this is the time to slow down, and PAUSE!  Post holidays, it’s freezing and there isn’t a lot of sunshine. Why should I fight the rhythm that is being offered from the universe?


I sat with the moon and my crystals in my backyard. I sat with the cool breeze slapping me in my face. Wow…what a time to be a BLACK WOMAN! That is what came to me - this black girl from Canton, Ohio is living her life. I love that I have created a safe space for folks to let go and fucking exhale. If you need to cry, sweat or cuss, these walls are gently wrapped around you, reminding you to “inhale…exhale….inhale….exhale”. I can share this, because I have the same moments myself. I have been told by some pretty phenomenal people that I need to slow down but I don’t know how. I always think Hell, well who is going to guide the ship if I do that?  Well, if you don't listen, things around you will force you to!


I rocked a migraine for four days. I have never felt that much discomfort in my life, including having three children naturally. I had no choice. I had to clear my calendar and rest. It did a number on my ego. YES…MY EGO!!! That was a hard pill to swallow. I had to surrender, and ask for help. I actually slept. I had a dry January, and I had a chance to sit… and JUST BE! In these moments of quietude, I realized that I am on the right path, but I have to take moments to PAUSE. Those moments need to happen before my body shuts down. I also need to floss and drink more water. I usually practice what I preach, but now I have to take this to a whole different level.

Jyll has been teaching a free yoga class every Saturday at Bedford branch of Brooklyn Library

Jyll has been teaching a free yoga class every Saturday at Bedford branch of Brooklyn Library


With that being said, what a perfect time to restart my New Year… February 1st BLACK HISTORY MONTH!!!!!  Absolutely, I feel an extra surge of power. The time is now! I am standing on the shoulders of some powerful black women. I also have three young women watching me. I know I have to be a voice for those who don’t have one and I will hold space for those who are searching for their PAUSE. It's also important for me to continue calling out bullshit for what it is. We can have different views as people, but BE KIND! I will be that chick to throw glitter all over the world, but I can completely get my Kali on!

As a woman of  color, it seems like I always have to go that extra mile (even in this yoga game), but hey, that is what we do. We hold up the world. If you don't believe me, Google it. You can also follow me on IG @itsjyll. I’ll be posting Black History tidbits throughout the month of February. And don’t forget to support small black owned businesses!

Always and in love,

Jyll