Beccy Stevenson RN, BSN, E-RYT® 200, YACEP
After beating my body up pretty badly via running and living la vida loca for much of my youth, I found my way into a yoga studio. After that first class, I knew there was something there that I needed more of. Was it the peaceful calm that accompanied me after savasana, or the way that I felt slightly more complete leaving than I did upon entry? The what and why didn't matter so much. What mattered was the fact that I had found a way to fill a hole I had felt inside my whole life; a hole that no amount of drinking, or drugs, or geographical "cures" could come close to touching. I went back to yoga, and I kept going back until my chatarungas looked more like a push up than a belly flop. The hole kept getting filled in, and I started to feel better (good actually), inside and out. My posture, skin, strength, balance and overall quality of life kept getting better. So I kept going back.
I never intended on teaching when I signed up for my first yoga teacher training. I wanted to deepen my own practice. I am a nurse, and although I help people for a living, I had no interest in helping anyone with theirs. Yoga was for me. However, upon completing my first training, something shifted. Again, the what or why was no longer important. What was important was that I was called to teach, or to show people how to access the potential that we all hold deep inside- the potential to be the best version of ourselves that we can be. Yoga will do that. Yoga strips away the bullshit and leaves what is real. Sometimes it is hard. It is okay to do hard things. My yoga taught me that.
The futility of American healthcare, and trying to fit into a box I was never meant for, led me to leaving my career in nursing. In April of 2017, The Yoga Cave opened. Each day, I show up and help other people find their way down a path that has literally changed my life. To see that same change in others is rewarding beyond measure. Yoga is for everybody (handstands are not). I would be honored to help you find your way, no matter what that looks like.