Try Easy

I’ve been an artist since I can remember. I always doodled in class; I was in the National Art Honor Society in high school and eventually went to college and got my Bachelor of Fine Art, with a concentration in printmaking.  Through this time I had ups and downs with my artwork, but I always loved doing it. There was a period of about a year where every work I produced was, well, just terrible.  Yet even through this time I had a passion for my terribleness.

It wasn’t until I graduated from college and began working in various 9- 5 jobs that I completely lost my passion.  It started slowly at first; I wouldn’t draw for weeks on end. Any artist will tell you that, keeping your wrist limber and the muscle memory of brush strokes is crucial.  But I knew with a good weekend of drawing I could get back to it.  Which I would do from time to time, but then would stop, almost immediately.

Then I didn’t have a year of awfulness; I had years of nothing.  No ideas, no inspiration. I tried to force out anything I could, just to get something down on paper, but it always ended balled up in the trash and me far more frustrated than when I started.

It was about this time my sister asked me to take a boot camp with her at a Baptiste Style Power Vinyasa studio in her area, Anjali. I had started doing some yoga videos at home, so feeling like I at least had the basics I agreed. On the night of the first class a lovely bright-eyed, dark haired woman greeted me and cheerfully introduced herself as the teacher, Wanda.  She spoke with me for a few minutes to find out my yoga history, and class began. This wasn’t the yoga I was familiar with. For my body it seemed much, much harder. Through my muscle chatter and the sweat cascading down my face, I heard Wanda’s confident voice pushing the whole class to dig deeper. The thing that really caught my attention is that she did it without an air of authority, but with the needed prod you get from a friends’ tough love. “If you can, you must!”

After the boot camp I started coming to Anjali twice a week. I wasn’t particularly good, but I wasn’t awful.  It was also at this time I started drawing again. I got involved with charity murals through my workplace and began to move away from printmaking and started to create collages.  Like starting up with yoga, it wasn’t what I was used to, but it felt right.

As with anything you’re willing to commit to, I got progressively better at yoga and in my art.  I had a couple of breakthroughs in my practice and finished a few beautiful collages. I was hooked on the high.  Now every time I practiced I pushed for another breakthrough and every time I sat down to work on my next collage I strived for a masterpiece, getting frustrated at the process and only wanting the end result. During my practice Wanda saw me pushing too hard.  She would quote Baron Baptiste during class “Try Easy”.  When that wouldn’t work she would come over to me and have to say “stop pushing so hard, I know you just had a breakthrough, but you have to be in this place for a while now in order to get to the next place.”

I was certain she was wrong, and I was going to prove it!  Wanda saw my fool-hearted determination and though she kept queuing me to “Try Easy” she took a step back and watched as I pushed so hard I pulled a tendon in my wrist. I imagine it to be like a mother watching her daughter date the wrong man.  She knows no amount of telling will get through to her. She just has to let her daughter have her heart broken and be there for her when she comes sobbing home.  And like a good Mom, she, and all the teachers at Anjali gathered me up gave me modifications for my practice and never once said “I told you so”.

Now that I was forced to “try easy” in my practice, it became fun to just be where I am and enjoy the newfound freedom in my poses. This newfound ease ended up in my day-to-day life as well.  I let go of the pressure on myself to create new artwork quickly and stopped comparing each new one to the last. As we are in different places every time we come to our mats, each work is an expression of how I am feeling at that time. When you come up with something beautiful, that’s awesome, but the process is how you grow.

It’s this message that I want to be able to share with others. To help people learn how to ”try easy”, how to breath an flow through a 90 minute Power Vinyasa practice, so they can then breath and flow through their lives. I have chosen to apply to be a part of the Amazing Yoga Level 1 Teacher Training.  It’s the Power Vinyasa program that I already know and love and a training program that will help me share it.

But first I need to ask my community for help to win this scholarship. Please take the time to like, vote, tweet and comment on my essay so I can teach others ease and enjoyment on and off their mats.

try easy

2012 Yoga Scholarship Essay

By: Sarah Esposito

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  1. Cheryl Cucinotta says:

    This video and essay is a true inspiration. I feel joy that you are creating such beautiful artwork while learning from your yoga practice. You reinforce “Everything is Possible!”

  2. kate says:

    get it girl.

  3. Amy K. says:

    Beautifully written, Sarahbelle! Your message is so clear and powerful– you have a beautiful way about you in all that you do. Can’t wait to take your class. xoxo

  4. Paul Esposito says:

    Your essay and vid were amazing! Happy to see you enjoying it all so much. You would make a fabulous teacher, and the Yoga world should be very proud to have you in it. :o)

  5. Wanda Feliciano Gilhool says:

    Sarah, what a beautiful & authentic essay! My heart is humbled by your words and to know that as a teacher I have touched someone’s life deeply and added to their life experience! YOU are such an inspiration to all who know you!!!! Sat Nam!!!!

  6. Kristina Esposito says:

    Beautiful Sarah!!!

  7. vinny says:

    she rocks !!!!love this girl =)

  8. Colleen says:

    Sarah, thank you for sharing that beautiful essay, authentic and from your heart! You have so much to share with others and you are on the path to being a great teacher!

  9. Jackie Crean says:

    Amazing Sarah! I had chill bumps the whole time I was reading. An inspirational story full of metaphor and beauty!

  10. Marianne says:

    Good Luck! Beautiful work!

  11. Pam says:

    Sarah. Good luck to you. Your story is one of a beautiful journey and I understand how Wanda could inspire you.

  12. Regina says:

    Sarah,
    With your knowledge of Fine Arts, ability to engage your reader, (yes, you can write too!) and your desire to teach and inspire others through your yoga practice, you truly are encompassing the “art” of balancing the body, mind and Spirit. I look forward to attending your classes and reading your inspirational and informative writings about your Practice.
    Regina

  13. Regina says:

    I also was part of that particular Bootcamp, and through Wanda’s gentle guidance and my determination, I finished feeling that I could do just about anything. You go gurrrrllll!!

  14. Paul Gilhool says:

    Your story is an inspiration! I was also in this bootcamp and remember thinking if I could accomplish this, I can do many more things! You articulate that so well….thank you!

  15. Kristine Tranfalia says:

    Best of luck Sarah! Your essay and video are an inspiration.

  16. Deanna says:

    Amazing story, well written! If you bring as much passion, and enthusiasm to your teaching as you did to this essay you will be a wonderful, life changing teacher just like Wanda! Good luck!

  17. John DeGood says:

    Sarah has a beautiful and powerful yoga practice, is a talented and creative artist, and is an inspiration to all of us who know her. I am certain she will be an excellent teacher and I look forward to attending her classes!

  18. rob geisler says:

    best of luck, you deserve it!

  19. dan walther says:

    Awesome story. Can’t wait to be your student..

  20. dee gibbons says:

    Beautifully written with humility and gratitude – I vote for you!

  21. Gabrielle McCarthy says:

    This felt written from your heart! Thank you for sharing your experience!!!

  22. Susan kelly says:

    Sarah, what a beautiful essay. You have so much to give and share with others. I can not wait to take one of your classes!

  23. Melanie Goode says:

    Wonderful written Sarah! I feel so lucky to know you and get to practice with you!

  24. Christine Luciano says:

    You have already learned so much! You will be a bright light in all of the arts you practice, no doubt. May God continue to Bless and strengthen you on your journey.

  25. Kristina Esposito says:

    I loved your essay Sarah! Good luck with the scholarship!

  26. Dan McGinnis says:

    Good luck and enjoy the Immersion!

  27. Barb Cavacini says:

    So proud…you inspire me!

  28. Big Bill says:

    Well said, Sarah.

  29. Mark E says:

    Excellent article and video!!! You’ll make a great teacher. Good Luck!!

  30. Bill Parker says:

    Inspiring essay, Sarah! Good luck–I hope you get it!

  31. Becky Kabella says:

    Good luck to you. I can feel your passion and commitment .

  32. Beth says:

    Sarah, this was beautifully written, and extremely inspirational. Best of luck on your amazing journey!

  33. Roxanne says:

    namaste!

  34. Uncle Carl says:

    Sarah,

    I can’t wait to be in your class. You will be an awesome instructor, just like the wonderful and awesome person that you are.

    Love, …Uncle Carl

  35. katek says:

    A beautiful, thoughtful essay — you’ll make a brilliant teacher!

  36. Kristin says:

    Beautiful + Inspiring
    You look so happy. I want to take one of your classes when you are an instructor!!!

  37. Trish Kasserman says:

    Your words and your video are as beautiful as you!

    Sarah rocks!

  38. Tammy B says:

    Well done! Good luck.

  39. johnna says:

    What an amazing Journey you are on Sarah!! I know you will win the scholarship and go to Level One with Baron Baptiste and Rock- It- Out!!! peace baby!!!

  40. Don Carle says:

    Nicely done and very well written. Good luck in your future.

  41. larry says:

    Sarah, I’m looking forward to taking one of your classes. Good luck with the scholarship!

  42. vicky says:

    Your lines are beautiful. You inspire us to be at our best. Love, Aunt Vicky

  43. Monica says:

    Beautiful work! Good Luck.

  44. Jim Cassidy says:

    Yoga is HOT!

  45. Ginger OMalley says:

    Thanks for sharing Sarah! Beautiful and inspirational.

  46. Brenda says:

    Your essay is as beautiful as you are.

  47. Gina says:

    Beautiful essay. You took me back to that night of practice. Wonderful experience it was. You’ve trained with Wanda who is the best. I felt your passion on your writing. You’ve got my vote. No doubt you will be an amazing instructor

  48. Gina says:

    Beautiful essay. You took me back to that night of practice. Wonderful experience it was. You’ve trained with Wanda who is the best. I felt your passion on your writing. You’ve got my vote. No doubt you will be an amazing instructor

  49. Caitlin H says:

    Good luck!

  50. Gene says:

    An inspirational story that is sure to motivate others, it did me. Well done and good luck.

  51. tim says:

    wow! good luck!

  52. Cindy says:

    Inspirational to us all… beautiful soul, beautiful artwork <3

  53. Madeleine says:

    A beautiful inspiring story and the vid says it all. Blessings on your work and may you prosper. Namaste

  54. Connie says:

    Your artwork is absolutely breathtaking and your practice is simply beautiful. You’re truly an inspiration Sarah. I can’t wait to be on my mat with you leading the practice!

  55. David says:

    Well done, and good luck.

  56. Thomas Adams says:

    You are one of the most innovative people I know. Combining your passion for art and your love of yoga has inspired me. For that I say thank you.

  57. bob says:

    good luck sarah. i know you will do well

  58. Andrea Noll says:

    This is was inspirational to read Sarah. I hope you get your scholarship!

  59. Beth says:

    You, your art, your flow, your video and essay are just lovely:-)

  60. Angela B. says:

    Good luck! What a great essay!

  61. Joy Rhyne says:

    Grounded and heartfelt.

  62. Patty says:

    So happy that you have found something that you really enjoy. Good luck!

  63. Caroline says:

    Good luck!

  64. Shari Carroll says:

    WOW!! That was awesome! Barb thank you for sharing that with me! Sarah you’ve inspired me to get my butt back to the gym and back to one of my favorite things to do for myself. YOGA1 YEAH YOGA! Much Love you don’t need luck….you’ve got this!

  65. Nicole C says:

    heartfelt writing! thanks for sharing and putting yourself out there!

  66. Anne Lesmeister says:

    Loved the message your artwork is tremendous

  67. Greta Kapadia says:

    Good luck!!

  68. Kiran Kapadia says:

    Thanks for sharing. Good luck.

  69. Melissa Kapadia-Bodi says:

    Good luck!

  70. Regina says:

    Good Luck

  71. Pat says:

    Good luck to you! Your artwork is wonderful!

  72. Margaret Cavacini says:

    I think you would make a wonderful instructor. Enjoyed the video Good Luck in your endeavor

  73. Ami Vielehr says:

    Awesome Sarah….So Proud of you!!!! You are an inspiration to me!
    Love Ami

  74. Amy N says:

    Inspiring and motivating! You will become a great teacher!

  75. Jenn McAllister says:

    As if I didn’t aleady think you were fabulous… You inspire with beauty, grace and authenticity in spirit :) Wonderful letter & video. I WILL take your class after baby arrives & can’t wait! You are a natural!

  76. Jen W says:

    So nice to read this. Like you, I value yoga for giving me the chance to breathe and flow — through all aspects of life. Good luck with the teaching!

  77. Kim says:

    Beautiful & Inspiring
    I want to take one of your classes when you are an instructor!!!

  78. BAZ says:

    You will be a great teacher as you are a great inspiration. Good Luck

  79. bob says:

    good luck sarah

  80. Sae Gutierrez says:

    I’m very inspired by your video and your story. I appreciate you sharing that amazing story with us.

  81. Marianne Anzabi says:

    Great essay, you never lose your passsion! Good luck with your venture!

  82. michellesabia says:

    Sarah,
    What an inspiring testimony. You have a lot to offer. Best of luck!
    xo
    Michelle

  83. Carol L says:

    You have a talent and a passion worth striving for. All the best and I look forward to hearing of your success!

  84. Morgan K says:

    I’m so happy you’ve found something to get you out of a familiar rut and keep you moving from one breakthrough to the next. You’re an inspiration!!

  85. Clancey says:

    Sarah you are the essence of yoga, and I can’t wait for you to start teaching to pass it on. This is void of ego and grounded. I am grateful to have met you. Rock on girlie! xxoo

  86. Shakirah Hameed says:

    Good Luck Sarah! I’ve never seem some of the artwork you’ve done on this video, but if you’ve grown this way from doing what you love, then I have no doubt that you’ll be great teacher! Go Sarah!

  87. Tom says:

    Great story.

  88. Jess says:

    Great essay! And good luck!!

  89. raquel says:

    Good luck in you endeavors! Your spirit and your passion for what you do is truly inspiring!

  90. Diane Happ says:

    I love yoga myself..Loved your video..Best of Luck!
    Namaste! What a great word!

  91. Kristine says:

    Good luck & keep doing what you love!!
    xx

  92. Lauren Curry says:

    “Be the change you want to see in the world”

    You let your light shine girl- xoxo Laur

  93. Karen Paoli says:

    Bravo on your video! Well done and very inspirational! All my best in your aspirations both in yoga and in your art – I loved that you incorprated your collages into the video.

  94. Jen Santaguida says:

    While looking for where else you teach I came across this video/essay. That’s awesome! It really inspired me. I just started yoga about two months ago, never did it before in my life until then and I’m obsessed now thanks to you! It really makes me feel like a whole different person on and off the mat. I look forward to Wednesdays all week just for your power yoga..it really gives me a different perspective on life and helps me find myself. Thank you for being an awesome teacher!

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