Several months back, while discussing our career paths, someone asked where I want to go. I replied quizzically, “Go…?”

"Yeah, where do you want to end up? What's your goal? Where do you see yourself in 5 years…?” 

Honestly, I had no idea. I’d been so absorbed with the journey, I hadn’t considered a destination. 

Over time, however, the question silently repeated itself in my mind. I closely examined the microcosm contained within my wide-eyed overview of the macrocosm, then I let it marinate. This is what I formulated: 

Three Career Factors to Consider 

1) Time.  2) Contentment. 3) Money. 

Three Questions to Answer

1) How much time will it cost? 

2) Will it encourage contentment? 

3) Do I need the money?

 

Conclusion: Decide what's more important; quality of life or quantity of money.

Base all of your educational aspirations and career choices on your conclusion.

 

After coming to my personal conclusion, I made the choice to cut back on teaching public yoga classes and private lessons. 

I'm content, less stressed, and I'm present for my loved ones. I have more time to do creative work, to study philosophy and history. I have less money, but I have everything I need. 

As far as my teaching career goes, I'm officially announcing my intention to transition toward my goal to work exclusively with incarcerated youth.

My personal mission aligns perfectly with Transformation Yoga Project's macro-vision for "all people in the greater Philadelphia area who have experienced, are experiencing or are at risk of losing their freedom" to have "free and easy access" to yoga.

TYP empowers me to do my part - however micro it might be - to bring awareness to dualistic injustices within the justice system. TYP empowers my efforts to subvert the school to prison pipeline, a state sanctioned system that is systematically stealing and silencing a generation. Someone has to take a stand. TYP - built upon a foundation of yoga and personal empowerment - is the platform where I am taking mine. 

At every fork in the road I...

Pause. 

Breathe. 

Create space. 

Notice. 

Observe. 

Interconnect with consciousness. 

Adjust with awareness. 

Repeat as needed.

 

These practices apply to every asana practice I've ever facilitated. These principles are what I teach. Outside of the classroom, this is how I live my yoga.

It hasn't come to me easily and it will never be perfect. It's a practice. But it's a practice I learned through practicing asana. 

This is how a physical exercise evolves into mindfulness and transforms lives. This is how #YogaHeals people. I know this because this is how yoga healed me. And this is why I'm going all in. 

Peace, Love, Yoga,

Alexis Donahue

Transformation Yoga Project, Instructor, Digital Media Marketing Director 

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