Simply Begin Where You Are

Sep 3, 2019

I’m looking forward to reconnecting with you once again after the summer break.

I hope you had a wonderful, varied summer and were able to reduce your time online, finding special moments that were right there in front of you. 

My summer time included teacher training in Thailand and then on to the UK for a family visit plus a wonderful reunion in London, with friends I’d studied with during our ballet/contemporary student days some 35 years ago! 

We flew in from the US and Europe. My morning flight was delayed 8 1/2 hours. I was told about the delay at check-in as I watched my case cruise away on the conveyor belt with my charging cables and books, so I had the luxury of a whole day’s mindfulness practice at Zürich airport thrown in right there! 

We rented an Airbnb for the weekend, I finally arrived late in the evening to a warm, cosy welcome. We talked until the wee hours, chatted in the morning in pj’s, walked through our old neighbourhood, watched videos of our early performances and had a ‘gemütlich’ long, lingering pub lunch with our director and other students from that time. I can highly recommend the Crown, if you’re ever near Richmond area.

It was a truly relaxing, exciting, touching and memorable summer weekend. The connection was beautiful and effortless. 

Now it’s time to settle back down and step up for a fresh start. 

A common statement I often hear when students and private clients come back after a break is that they didn’t practice much or at all, they feel awkward or slightly embarrassed, mentioning stiffness and think they just might have forgotten how to do the simplest of poses.

Does that sound familiar? 

There’s something powerful about stepping away from routine and allowing yourself to be open to new experiences and reconnecting to the world around you

It means when you do come back, you can begin again with fresh eyes, with a gentle, kind curiosity to see where you are right now, and explore what has shifted or changed. 

So if you haven’t practiced yoga in a while, or you never really got into it or you haven’t ever tried, don’t give yourself a hard time. 

No judgement or comparison. Don’t feel you should be further along than you are. Simply begin where you are. 

Carl Rogers sums this up so beautifully: 

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.

If you live in or near Luzern, perhaps let your yoga practice go and would like to test the waters in a supportive, friendly group, come and join us from Saturday 14 October. Classes are in Luzern and are taught in English. You can learn more here.

If you’re interested in going deeper, I’m offering to share with you the practices and work that have come from my experiences. I invite you to join me for a Deep-Dive Immersion to Rejuvenate Your Body, Mind and Soul. An 8-week experience cultivating positive habits, a calmer mind and healthier body.

Would you like to cultivate simple (but effective) habit changes and a positive shift towards a healthier lifestyle while focusing on getting more movement in your body?

I’ve created this experience incorporating yoga, breathwork, mindfulness, self-care and meditation practice techniques and would love to work with you in a small group and tailor the program to meet your needs.

You’d commit to 2 hours a week for 8 weeks starting on 16 October in Luzern. Interested?

Click here for more information and to sign up.

And, if you know someone that might be interested, please, share this with them.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and have a wonderful week.

Karen x

P.S. If you’re a complete beginner or haven’t practiced in a long time, then I have something special for you too and will share soon.


Karen Kurzmeyer
Private/group/corporate yoga teacher. Helping busy professionals prioritise health & well-being through yoga.

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