Before Oula came into my life I was searching for….something. Something to make me lose weight, something to make me happy, something to change my life. After a lifetime of “is this actually happening” and “is this real life”; I still hadn’t learned that connecting with my inner “me” and loving her was that “something”. I thought that if I just kept pushing harder, being more persistent, raising the bar and exceeding it; that everything negative that had occurred in my life and everything that I was perceiving as wrong on the outside would become right.
When I took my first Oula class, I was not a fan. It was challenging choreography, music I didn’t listen to, and people were…winking….and laughing….and hugging….and CRYING during and after class. I kept coming to classes because I knew the instructor before she taught Oula and eventually something changed. I started winking….and laughing…and hugging….and CRYING during and after class.
Somehow the music, movement, and community of people provided a space of safety and freedom for me to drop some of the walls I had up around my inner me. She was able to breathe, take up space, and be heard. She was able to start to heal. The rest has been a difficult and beautiful journey from that point and my goal is to provide a space where more people have the opportunity to find that “something” they’ve been searching for.