in the year 2007,
a little high school graduate
found a little piece of heaven.
She signed up for her very first
college class at the U.
Scrolling through her options,
when she saw it, she knew.
Yoga was the class. Yes!
For sure she would take that.
She had always wanted to try it out
and she was afraid of getting fat.
Yoga was lovely,
even though she hated downward dog.
It was a great form of exercise,
much more preferable than a jog.
A year went by and she fled
to the island of Oahu.
She fell in love with palm trees and sand,
and her heart was split in two.
She graduated in Exercise Sport Science
though never knew for sure
exactly what her future would bring
or what career would give her a lure.
She left the home she grew to love
and went back to mountains and snow,
married the boy she had loved for so long
and watched their family grow.
Her beautiful baby turned one whole year
and suddenly it seemed
now was the perfect time for this girl
to finally follow her dreams.
Off to yoga school she went
a whole summer of learning and fun.
Just a few days away from her baby a week
and then she would be all done.
She grew more than she thought she could
and met friends she will love life long.
She taught classes to the community
and danced to a chakra song.
She learned about bandhas and asanas
and how to get into them safely.
She learned how to feel and breathe
and about the Eight Limbs of Patanjali.
She learned to live in the present moment
and let go of competition and judgement.
She learned to listen and trust her body
and not let her eyes wander off her own mat.
She learned so much when the class was all done.
But her learning wasn't finished,
it had only just begun.
So here is to her yoga journey
continuing throughout her life.
Finding her voice and her place in this world,
discovering her contributions in addition to mommy and wife.
This girl is graduating tomorrow.
Tomorrow she will be
a registered yoga teacher.
Alisha Stephens, RYT
This poem is dedicated to Angela Burkhart, Julene Maddocks and Lisa Stephens, who took turns watching Summer so I could attend the summer semester of Yoga Teacher Training at the University of Utah and complete my 200 hours to become a Registered Yoga Teacher. And of course Spencer, who always encourages me to follow my dreams.