Our ability to feel things deeply is what makes us human. When we share our story and struggles, we open up the safe space for others to share their stories too.
I’ve been working on this month’s blog for a few days, starting and stopping with ideas that seem to go nowhere. It finally occurred to me that I’m stuck because I’m not being authentic. In my attempt to try and inspire others, I was trying to motivate while avoiding my truth. The truth is this: Some days are easier than others. Some days the last thing I have energy for is to walk into a yoga class and dig deep.
And that’s okay.
It’s about acknowledging where we are and being okay with that. We don’t start from perfection or strive for perfection – we strive to feel better and to gain something from each practice.
What I’ve learned within my yoga practice – and especially in these last few months – is that my true inspiration comes from the difficult places. It comes from the days when I really don’t feel like taking a class but I go anyway. It comes from holding planks when all I want is to belly-flop down onto my mat. It comes from opening my heart enough to be receptive to life’s lessons instead of shutting down.
Whether it’s striving to be honest with myself about my struggles or witnessing others overcome their own, I have come to realize that our biggest obstacles can also be our biggest teachers. Sometimes we simply have to show up. And more often than not, while we aren’t even looking, we find inspiration in those around us, in the small triumphs, and in our willingness to persevere through it all.
Continually inspired by you,
Spark Your Intention Summer Challenge
With the start of the summer challenge, one of my favorite things to watch is the excitement people get when they put a star up on their challenge sheet after completing class. What is it about the star system that brings back the satisfaction of childhood days when we used to receive stars for excelling?! For me, this reward system helps keep me in check and accountable to myself. It makes me proud to stamp my star of accomplishment by my name (or it gets me to class when I am lacking)!
For most of us, it is easier to show up for others. But what about for ourselves? We all know yoga is good for us, but why is it so hard to get to class? Why do we make excuses and often put our well-being last? If we don’t show up for ourselves, eventually we will run down; and, we won’t be able to show up for anyone else either. I’m not saying it will be easy. I have to constantly remind myself to slow down, say no, and take time to practice the lessons I teach. What I am saying is that it will be worth it!
So show up for YOU. Take care of YOU. It’s not selfish. It is necessary.
That is what the “Spark Your Intention Summer Challenge” is all about.
Set your intention. Set your class goal. Then simply make time for yourself.
We think you will be proud of what you can accomplish in a few short months. Maybe we will create some great habits together. Either way, at the end of your challenge, you will know you were good to yourself all summer long!
Grateful for you,
(**You have through May 19th to sign up. Sign up in the studio**)
Spark Your Yoga Challenge:
Commit to a personal number of yoga classes you want to take this Summer.
Track your classes May 1st through July 31, 2018. We’ll host an end of challenge party in August to celebrate!
How to Track Your Practices:
Sign-up at the studio and fill out your challenge sheet, and we’ll hang it up for you. Add a sticker to your sheet as you take classes.
Complete Your Goal Number of Practices between May 1st and July 31st.
– You can take double classes in a day.
– You are allowed to count 3 practices at other studios if you’re out of town/traveling. Post a picture at the out of town studio and use hashtag #sparksyogachallenge. Mark any out of town practices on your tracking sheet like other practices….yogis honor!
– Workshops count as two practices.
Connect With Your Yoga Community:
The challenge is a great way to connect with other yogis, challenge participants, and your Sparks teachers!
We encourage you to announce your participation and post challenge updates on Instagram and Facebook! Use hashtag #SparkYourYoga and tag us @sparksyogamacon so that we can see your posts! You can even check-in on Facebook to be entered into an extra drawing at the end of our challenge too 🙂
The Spark Your Yoga Challenge provides a GREAT time for you to explore new classes and teachers at Sparks Yoga. Also, we are not here to “police” you. This is a challenge you have decided to take on personally. You do what feels right to you!
You can do this! Commit now!
*Note: your Challenge registration is free and does not include yoga.
A Story of Love
Josh and I opened Sparks almost one year ago. We set out to build a place where people could gather to practice yoga, get to know other positive people, and ultimately cultivate a loving community. Watching these dreams unfold into reality over this past year has been an inspiration. Sparks is truly a special community because of the people who are a part of it…a special place because of YOU!
I’ve always referred to the Sparks community as the “Sparks family” because that is what I believe this studio is: A Family. A family who is there for and kindly challenges and cares for one another. Josh and I want to thank you for being a part of this beautiful group of people – this family – and for showing such strength, love, and support over this last month especially.
Many of you know that on March 14th, at five and a half months pregnant, we lost our precious son, Campbell Curran Carson. “Camp”. The pain that comes from losing a child is indescribable because of the depth of which it runs. As the healing process begins, we feel that it is important that we stay present and faithful. The love that has, and continues to surround us is too compelling to allow us to stay silent. The uncountable ways in which the teachers, students, and others in this community have wrapped us up in love, prayers, and support has been a humbling and overwhelming experience.
While we grieve a huge loss, we also see great light…and we want to THANK YOU for shining so brightly and providing such unbelievable Love. We’d like to believe that what grows from unspeakable tragedies will always be: LOVE, LIGHT, & FAITH.
Wishing you all three,
Megan & Josh
Finding a Community
The idea for Sparks Yoga came from the desire to give back to and truly be a part of the Macon community. Josh and I both grew up in Macon, but when we decided to put roots down here together, we wanted to do more than simply live here. We are watching Macon, and specifically downtown Macon, ignite with a new sense of growth, community focus, and historic preservation, and we knew we had to be a part of it.
So what did we do? We bought a house in downtown Macon, and a few days later, we decided to open a yoga studio less than a half mile from our new home. Some could say it was impulsive, or a bit hasty. I would call it a beautiful leap of faith.
I think one of the main reasons that I wanted to be a part of the Macon community is because community is such an important piece within the practice of yoga. A lot of people may feel like yoga is a solo practice, but to me, it is all about the people who surround you. Time and again, I witness a group of hurried, stressed out strangers walk into one of my yoga classes. There is little eye contact walking in, and they all rush to put their mats down far from one another’s space. Then 60 minutes later, they walk out laughing together, smiling, breathing deeper and treading lighter. There is a connectedness that forms in that room, among those strangers. For just that short hour class, everyone has the same goal. Everyone is there for a purpose, and the practice not only transforms their personal goals, but it unites them together. This is what real community is all about.
Yoga has the amazing ability to both strengthen the individual while creating a collective. That is what building Sparks has been for me. I have worked harder than I ever have in my life, yet I have been supported more than I could have ever imagined. The studio opens on Friday, and Josh and I have already seen this amazing community come out to help, support, cheer on, and encourage what we are doing. We created this space to be somewhere that people could find inspiration…little did we know the true inspiration would find us.