Life brings you full circle.
You know how life can be circular? How we are drawn to certain people, places, activities at different points in our lives but multiple times? Sometimes it can be just a faint interest, maybe there’s potential there but it just isn’t the right timing but later on you fall into it passionately, giving it all that you have. I’m realizing that I have this relationship with yoga. Yoga has been following me around most of my adult life, patiently waiting for me to take her seriously. The first live yoga class I took was back in college at a dance convention. At the time, my anxiety was in overdrive from all the other professional dance classes I had experienced. There had been nothing but instructors clapping and shouting counts. I had been shyly stumbling over my feet while flailing my arms in hopes that I didn’t look ridiculous. I was surrounded by people that had been dancing most of their childhood and here I was just taking up dancing 4 months earlier in my first semester of Uni. I felt deeply out of my element so I had no idea what to expect in a yoga class.
Then the instructor started to speak… his soft voice instructing us to breath, to feel the air enter through our nose and fill up our bodies. I willfully obliged and the peace that washed over me felt like magic. The rest of the class I felt I was both grounded and simultaneously moving among the clouds. I’ll never forget the deep sense of stillness and peace I felt in my first Savasana. This class was the most profound experience I had during the convention. Despite all the vitality I experienced, it would be over 10 years before I took another yoga class while living in Atlanta. Again, I’ll never forget how heightened my senses were after class. I walked out into the crisp autumn air and the world seemed brighter and smelled sweeter. This time yoga held me a bit longer, I actually took a few more classes and even signed up for a workshop.
Since moving to Halifax five years ago, I’ve taken a few Karma classes here or there. I’ve bought a few months of yoga using a Groupon and taken a class a handful of times. Then this past May, Topher and I decided to do a month of yoga to prep ourselves for wedding season. Hot yoga of all things! If you know me, you know that I hate to sweat but these classes have me feeling empowered, and oddly enough fresh and cleansed. I was again enticed and we bought a pass for the summer… unfortunately wedding season had her own agenda and kept us away. But I’m determined this time to make it work… to give yoga a real chance, to patiently chase her. We recently signed up for a monthly membership to Moksha Yoga. I am more than determined to start building a relationship with yoga that involves both group classes and a home practice. It’s really one of the few things I have ever experienced that has given me so much everytime I do it. I believe it’s my turn to give myself to it.
I tell you all this because I believe Kris & Ashleigh have been a similar journey. They have known each other for years, way before they considered each other as a possible love interest. But you never know what life has in store for you, they were brought together again several years later and love bloomed. We were super pumped when we were asked to shoot their engagement session when they came into town for Courtney & Johnson’s wedding. Kris was actually Johnson’s best man so I am sure you will see his face again in the coming weeks when we showcase Courtney & Johnson’s wedding. Kris and Ashleigh are getting married next month in Alberta where they currently reside. We wish them both so much happiness and joy on their wedding day! In the meantime, here are a few of our favorites from our session with this fabulous & lovely couple.
a lil’ side note: I just remembered that Ashleigh is actually a yoga teacher and taught at Moksha when she lived here in Halifax. How serendipitous that this story ended up intersecting!