If 2016 was the year I found my voice, may 2017 be the year I learn to use it … beginning with this next Ashtanga Dispatch yoga podcast with Cathy Louise Broda from Purple Yoga in Hawaii.
Actually this story begins in 2015. That’s the year I realized I had entered the phase of a woman’s life called menopause. I wrote a blog that year, To Nancy Gilgoff, where I thanked Nancy for sharing the practice as it was handed down to her – a woman. Conscious or not, I never mentioned the word menopause. Still, one woman read between the lines and reached out to me with heartfelt understanding. Her name was Cathy Louise Broda.
This wasn’t the first time I had heard of Cathy. Not even a month prior, a reader had reached out to me asking me to interview Cathy for the podcast. Not knowing her personally, I promised I’d try. But Cathy beat me to it.
Later that year, we did sit down and talk. But I was in the midst of moving to Montana and somehow or another, I lost track of this recording. Or at least, that’s what I told myself …
The truth? I wasn’t ready. I’d spent all my life proving I was strong enough and good enough in this man’s world. I distanced myself from more feminine traits and embraced those more masculine. Oh, and I’m not alone either.
Menstruation, childbirth, and menopause – these are all cycles only experienced by a woman. And why we ignore the first, warrior through the second, and push through the third. There is no time made for rest, no room for recovery, nor space for a meaningful transition. All this does catch up with us, you know. And it certainly caught up with me.
Well thank goodness it did! Last year, I spent much time getting in touch with the woman inside me and appreciating her voice. For the world to embrace the feminine, I must love her and I must value her, first. And one thing I do know is this:
A voice only becomes stronger when surrounded with others.
Cathy Louise Broda is one of those others. She was brave when I wasn’t ready to be. And while I still don’t feel ready, at least now I’m willing.
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This episode of the Ashtanga Dispatch Podcast was edited and produced by Chris Lucas and hosted by me, Peg Mulqueen.
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