Coming Out

Today we officially "came out." Not in the sense of coming out of the closet, but more in the sense of coming of age. Sort of like debutantes.

Yoga Fest is the one community yoga event of the year when all of the Portland area yogis come together for a weekend of classes and music and fun. All of my teachers and all of the people who I practice next to all year long. They are all there. This was our first public appearance and we sweated the details. We planned. We strategized. We bought flowers and party favors. I planned my outfit and wore the edgy/cute leggings. I wanted to look good- but not too good- not intimidating but approachable. Ego ego ego.

People dropped by our booth and we had some really intense conversations. We talked about how yoga heals all of us all of the time. We talked about addiction and recovery and personal redemption. We cried- at least I did and some of the people who stopped by did. We hugged. A lot. It was a day of deep connection for me. With myself. With my community =. With my dreams.

Sometimes you have a dream that follows you into of your waking hours. That is what this dream is like for me. It follows me and it opens opportunities to serve at every turn.

The name "Sea Change" is from Shakespeare- The Tempest. I won't give you the quote here but rather my interpretation. In this passage, Shakespeare is referring to a change that comes after suffering. Sea-change to me means a major transformation. A systemic transformation. That is what we hope to accomplish. A transformation for people who suffer from trauma. An embodied way of being that represents a total and systemic transformation.

Follow us as we follow this North Star.

Diana Lee