Life unfolds in the most miraculous and curious ways, doesn’t it?
The very thing driving me mad was my key to freedom: my angry left hamstring…
It’s 2010 and I’m practicing yoga daily, mostly at Samadhi Studio with Eiric Ovrid. I even moved from West Seattle to Capitol Hill to be close enough to Samadhi so I could walk, skip, or run to Eiric’s classes.
Yoga was my medicine. Still is.
I was recalibrating myself with yoga after a looooong and fulfilling 2-year journey co-founding a 501c3 organization with my former partner and high school love Max.
Max and I completed a 2,000-mile U.S. bicycle tour filming stories on people with Young Onset Dementia, inspired by Max’s father Hugh who was diagnosed at age 56. Our very first short documentary, The Music in Hugh, was the seed that sprouted our project.
We had no idea how challenging the reality of carrying not only Hugh’s story, but the stories of 35 families we met with from coast to coast, would bear on our minds, bodies and hearts. Returning to Seattle, it was time to face our own story for healing. And Samadhi was my sanctuary.
So there I am one day at Samadhi in class with Eiric, and he instructs us to enter hanumanasana- the side splits.
OUCH! My biking legs are too stiff for this sh*t.
My left hamstring is pissed.
Eiric goes on to call this the ‘Lord of Breath’ pose.
How the hell can anyone breathe in this?!
Typically I would hold in all my feelings, but that day after class I mustered the courage to ask Eiric about my hamstring.
“Eiric, I’m doing all this yoga and aren’t I supposed to be getting more flexible? My left hamstring feels even tighter than before. Any suggestions?”
“Maybe it’s your fascia.”
“I have just the person for you. Leah. She’s a Soma Bodyworker out on Mercer Island.”
I called Leah that day. I was luckily able to get in the following week despite her full schedule.
Without car, I rode the bus all the way to Mercer Island.
I entered Leah’s office thinking I was going in for a massage.
Oh no no no. How wrong was I!
Our first Soma session freed not only my left hamstring, also my mind and heart. I felt s p a c e for grace to pour in and out of me. Feeling my fascia, and my entire being, in a whole new light.
I signed up for the Soma Series that day.
Leah didn’t have to ‘sell’ me anything. Even though the sessions were an investment of time, energy and money, I thought:
Since I have only this one body for my entire life, I might as well invest as much time, energy and money into creating a stable and flexible ‘home’ for myself in myself. In my body. Makes sense to me.
Soma was the best investment I’ve ever made. Still is.
Plus, I was ready for a personal transformation. And I sure got one.
My hamstrings were freer, my sinuses clearer. My proprioception woke up and enhanced how I feel more alive in my body. The quality of my presence and energy increased. I fell in love with my feet, which allowed my heart to open more fully. My yoga practice deepened, as did my relationships with myself, others and the world around me.
The Soma Series unlocked deep patterns I didn't even know where in me. Increasing my awareness.
With this new awareness I became physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually aligned to my core values, which influenced every aspect of my life.
So yeah, I went in for more than just a massage that day.
And I have my angry left hamstring to thank. And Eiric. And Leah. And my whole self.
I share my own experience to reveal the not-so-secret formula for successful personal transformation that I also see working with some of my clients:
- Something to be transformed (patterns of pain and/or suffering in the body, mind and/or heart)
- Being referred to Soma from a trusted source
- Readiness and openness for change
- Commitment to show up on time and pay fully
- Curiosity to learn how to integrate the Soma principles into life
And I also share this story to encourage you to love all your parts, especially the unpleasant pieces. My left hamstring was the very string that pulled me toward my destiny as a Soma Practitioner. Perhaps your pesky parts are the very key to your own freedom.
The more we love all of ourselves, wholly and authentically, the more we love each other and our world.
If you, or someone you know, qualifies for the successful Soma formula above, let's chat. Or you can simply schedule a session here.
I love you. Because I love myself. Especially the pesky parts.