So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye (from Vania)

We need, in love, to practice only this: letting each other go. For holding on comes easily; we do not need to learn it.
— Rainer Maria Rilke
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I am experiencing a lot of wordlessness as I sit down to pen a fond farewell to this community.  Words are insufficient to express my joy and gratitude for having been here, the intense heartache in leaving, and my excitement for what is to come for this ever-transforming space.

The four women who’ve stepped into this radical model of leadership are dynamic, strong, brilliant, compassionate, and kind.  They are also committed to bringing their full selves- in all their brokenness and beauty – into this space and this work.  It is this commitment to wholeness that fills me with confidence for the future of SKY.

It’s a bit disorienting when I am thanked for my role in SKY’s creation because, although I know and acknowledge all that I have given, the truth is that I have received so much more. I came to yoga completely broken – irretrievably so, I thought. Through years of practice I’ve come to know that I had indeed been broken, only the breaking was not into pieces but into openness. And into this opening has flowed all of you, this place, and the love we co-create here.

I want to thank each and every one of you for helping me in ways you’ve known about and in ways you couldn’t possibly know. You all have loved me into being who I am today; a kinder and more generous mother, friend, teacher, and partner than I could have ever hoped to be without your example and your bearing witness.

From the depths of my being: thank you.

I may not be here physically after Thursday, but know that my love (and tears and sweat and laughter) are deeply infused in this space. I will be loving you from a distance, holding you close in my prayers and meditations, and watching with curiosity and joy the continuous unfolding of this community.

With the fiercest of love and the deepest of gratitude,

V