I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that taking my first workshop with Nadia was a life- changing event. I had been struggling to get back into my writing, and stuck in some old challenging patterns that I couldn’t break out of. The yoga and writing workshop was the first way of breaking that pattern, and then Align Your Story was like going from making a drawing with colored pencils to oil painting.
Align Your Story was a much richer and more fulfilling experience, simply because there’s so many more resources and much more time. But taking the course didn’t just help me come back to my writing; it also restored a faith or belief that I hadn’t realized I’d lost—and that’s the belief in the possibility of transformation. I had had a lot of hard experiences in a really short period of time in my life. And I hadn’t recognized how those experiences had hardened me and even made me cynical about my own future. I felt like I was stuck and just spinning my wheels. I know that working with Nadia through Align Your Story has been instrumental in moving beyond that phase in my life.
I was on the fence about taking the course because it was a bit of a financial leap for me. Nadia was incredibly patient and generous with her time in helping me make up my mind. I am still amazed and so grateful that she was able to see intuitively what I was struggling with and accept me where I was. It didn’t take much explaining or story- telling on my part for her to understand the hurdles that stood in my way, which I kept brushing up against, and to help me step over those in a way that felt comfortable. Not once did I feel like I was being pushed into anything.
I’m so happy to have been invited to the course and to have participated in that community, and to have it be there for me whenever I need. I can’t say enough good things about it. Perhaps the most important one is this:I know that I wouldn’t have been able to come back to myself fully as a writer had it not been for this course or to come back to my faith in my own abilities. The readings and lessons, and the yoga and meditations all go so well together that I wonder why they would ever be separate.
And I know that I’m going to continue to grow as a writer and, to use a phrase from the course that I love, a spiritual being by returning to Align Your Story.
—Tyler Paterson, recent graduate, yogi, writer