How Yoga Joy Flow Came to Be…
Trusting in her breath to heal her spiritual pain, Paula put Ana’s ‘Formula for Change’ (Fierce Medicine, 2011) to the test.
First, it was a life long nail-biting addiction. I quit doing that to myself. Next, I walked away from a seven-year career in clinical social work for my own spiritual health. Finally, I moved out of my coveted San Francisco apartment and hit the road. So many aspects of my life were no longer serving me. By cutting those chords and letting go of those attachments, I felt so free, energized and empowered to be the true me. To let the Lioness lead.
Taught by Ana Forrest, she learned the art of stalking one’s fear of their own true confident nature.
I left San Francisco, drove six hours south to Venice Beach and continued my training in Forrest yoga for another month. One day I woke up, meditated, and realized that my spirit was ready to go home. So I moved home with a very clear intent: to bring healing through yoga to my hometown community of Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Upon her return, she opened a yoga studio in Gloucester, which she named it Yoga Joy. Then she led a 200 HR Teacher Training called Yoga Joy Flow, which is now taught by the graduates at the Gloucester Yoga Collective which is located on 114 Main Street in Gloucester. Paula created a style different than other forms of yoga, in that the teacher weaves an intent through the class, while coaching students to breathe into what they feel as they are doing their practice.
My intent is to teach yoga in a way that encourages each person in the class to feel empowered to become their own healer by connecting to their breath and breathing into emotional, spiritual and physical pain.