Mary Eggers


Coming home

I always say that the days are long and the years are fast. That was true when our son was a baby and man, it’s true now. We are now parents of a 16-year-old, and a really great 16-year-old. Next year at this time we will be visiting colleges, and likely he will be doing the driving!

Things are going well around here, we are gearing up for our first swim camp of the season, planning our Lake Placid Camp (June 22-26, stay tuned for registration), I am finishing up my second to last semester of Grad school, training is going well and I AM DESPERATE FOR SNOW!!!!!!

A few weeks ago I was walking by a group of students in our nursing lab. One of them is a yoga teacher at Breathe, the studio I called home as a teacher for ten years. She turned to me and said “You know you are always welcome to come back”. For some reason, she stopped me dead in my tracks. I totally lost my train of thought. I wanted to tell her how I retired from teaching yoga. But Breathe has always been my home and good LORD do I miss it and … wait… WHAT?

I sent a note to Cyndi and Carly, and to make a long story short…. I am coming home. I will be teaching one class a week at the Pittsford location, Thursdays at 6pm beginning mid-December. Until then I am going to warm up with some assisting and co-teaching beginning the last week in November.

I stepped off my teacher’s mat a few years ago because my cup was empty. I had nothing left to give. It wasn’t hard to do because I was so fried. I think it’s always good to step away from things you love for periods of time to do that recharging. I have done it with yoga, nursing, triathlon. When I come back I am wiser, and I have more to give.

I am not one of these people who creates “five-year plans”. Nothing I am doing now has ever been a long term plan. I landed in my incredible position in nursing education because I saw an ad and threw a Hail Mary pass. I landed in Grad school because I happened upon my program while googling skis (I don’t know how THAT came together). I taught yoga previously because I was asked. I am teaching again because…. well because the opportunity presented itself. If you don’t jump on these things as they present themselves, life will pass you by.

I always say that I am not your typical yoga teacher. I can barely touch my toes. I have never studied in India. I don’t speak all Sanskrit. The truth of the matter is…. I am just the GPS on the dashboard. YOU are your yoga teacher. I am just the guide. Some days on your mat you feel like putting the top down and letting your hair fly, other days you buckle in a little bit more. It’s not up to me where you take your practice, it’s up to you. It’s not up to me to tell you what to find on your mat, it’s up to you to discover it.

Breathe is a Baptiste Power Vinyasa yoga studio. Click here for an example of what Baptiste Power Vinyasa yoga looks like. Scroll ahead to 5:32 for the full effect. I love this style of yoga because it’s athletic, it is flowing. Vinyasa, just means flow. It’s a bit more freestyle. It’s fun.

There is no such thing as being “good” or “bad” at yoga. It’s not about achieving a certain level of flexibility. It’s purely a moving meditation. It’s turning off your head and just moving.

It’s truly that simple. And that’s why I love it.

I can’t wait to get back on that mat. I am ready to come back and really deepen my practice both as a teacher and as a student. It’s been a missing link with me for a bit now, and it’s time to plug that hole.When I walked into Breathe this week, it felt like I came home after being away for a while. I can’t thank everyone enough… for holding that space for me.

Everything else is going well. Training under Curt has ben going smooth. I love the HECK out of my cyclocross bike, I don’t think I have ever had so much fun on two wheels (and I mountain bike)!. My skis are ready, my snowboard is ready, my snowshoes are ready. Fitness is coming along and I am feeling great.

In January I do another round of bloodwork with InsideTracker to see how things are progressing and as long as that stays good, 2017 will be an awesome year!