03Jan Yoga Story: Megan Allen
What first brought you to yoga?
What first brought me to yoga was curiosity. It seemed to me that the individuals I know that practiced yoga brought qualities on ways of being to life that I desired for myself, like health, ease and peace, happiness and connection. They were loving, positive, supportive and nurturing, and felt so safe to be around.
What do you love most about yoga?
What has continued to bring me back to yoga time and time again over the years is the way I feel as I practice and after. I feel more balanced, integrated, and grounded in myself. This connection with myself and my practice, that has been pointed to, and encouraged by, the beautiful teachers at Pilgrimage of the Heart in my 2 year journey here, has been life changing. I am experiencing a growing quiet in my body, mind, emotional and spirit self, and look forward to more.
What is your favorite pose and why?
My favorite pose is Savasana or final relaxation, though there are so many poses that I enjoy because of the healing they bring. In Savasana I feel all the work from the time on my mat integrating. I enjoy the letting go, the surrender, into my vastness.
What do you do to stay inspired or motivated in your own practice?
I give myself the gift of a membership, and I keep showing up. My practice of showing up at least a few times a week supports me in remaining centered in my heart, self and my authenticity. Yoga supports me in the divine union with myself and with all the spiritual qualities that I am, that we all are.
Feel free to share anything else if you like.
I want to express my gratitude for the loving presence of the teachers and the staff, for the loving community, here at Pilgrimage of the Heart. I feel myself in deep appreciation for each One that is willing to do this important work of the heart and for those willing to do the sacred work of supporting others in a deeper connection with the Self and coming home. I can’t say enough about the importance of yoga in my healing journey, particularly the last two years here. The safety, respect, nurturing support, love and the freedom to be myself and right where I’m at that I have been met with, has been just what I need to assist with the integration of my spiritual awakening and the healing of negative patterns and recovery from the traumas that had a place in my life before.
Four years ago, I initiated a major life change where I left everything as I knew it which then led to my living just a couple of blocks away from the Normal Heights studio. What a blessing! Thank you so much for the free offerings that were my entry point, the affordability of the membership which made it more accessible, and the welcoming, kind energy that all of you bring. I’m so grateful that I had the courage to make the leap to find out what was possible for my life, I am experiencing the intimacy,depth and connection I was so longing for.
At that time, I thought that what I was seeking was outside of myself. My experience now, is that I am enjoying that Divine Union with myself. Four years ago, I had no idea that today I would know such happiness and joy, and ease and peace in my body, mind, and spirit. I’m growing in my capacity to let all parts of me be present, to let all of my voices be heard, and to be at peace right now with what is. Thank you for the free week coupon that got me started, and the beautiful space that you all are that keeps me coming back. Thank you to each One for bringing the love that you are to this beautiful journey. Special thanks to Courtney for being instrumental in me finding my way to Pilgrimage of the Heart, to Olivia for being such a special human being and friend, and to Nicole who continues to inspire me with her love and support every week.
To each One – I love you!