“The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can’t help it” — Leo Rosten
Hello and Welcome to Away From OM!
I guess you can say I’ve come full circle or returned to my roots. After spending many years as a journalist, editor and writer, I took what I would call a “hiatus” from deadlines and the stress of working ridiculous hours to devote my life to running a yoga studio and teaching yoga. But, ironically, I found that running a yoga studio meant working even more ridiculous hours than working in a newsroom. Weekends, nights…no breaks. Oh my! So, I went on hiatus from operating a studio and have no intention of going back. Instead, I am now devoted to writing. Huh?
This time, however, it feels different. This time I am writing for the sheer love of it — at least when it comes to this blog. Writing about my travels. Writing about my adventures with my son Noah on the road and the difficulties of being away from my other two sons and husband at home. Writing about stuff that matters to me: living yoga on and off the mat, being a responsible and loving parent and anything else that floats my boat.
Yoga is about reaching liberation or freedom from the ego and mind stuff that keeps you locked in a sort of internal prison. So I guess you can say I have reached freedom of sorts by merging my love of yoga and writing. For the first time ever, I feel free to write about what I want, when I want. I am writing for myself. When I first started this blog, I thought, “What if nobody reads it? What is nobody is interested?” And, then my monkey mind quickly retorted, “Who cares!” Now that’s what I call liberation!
If you do wish to join the dialog, you can find my posts under the “Posts” tab. Posts will be categorized by topic and you will find these directly to the right under “categories.” I will be adding categories as I go along as well as tweaking the look and feel of this site. I am welcome to any suggestions. In the meantime, please comment on my musings, some of which will likely resonate with you, and share your thoughts. Let’s create a dialog in the name of love, freedom, adventure and anything else that matters.
Thank you all so much for reading!
Much love and peace,
Yogini, writer, dog-lover, part-time vegetarian, straight-shooter