What I didn’t know: A journey from Yogi to Teacher to Author!

by Kimber Simpkins

When I first showed up on my yoga mat many years ago, my heart was eager for the poses and the wisdom (Be patient with yourself, one of my first teachers said). My body couldn’t believe that I had finally found a place where the relentless barrage of criticism quieted. Finally I could see, like a ticker tape flowing just under my field of vision, how hard I was being on myself: “Kimber, you never do this right. Why don’t you stick to a diet? Why don’t you go to the gym more? What’s wrong with you, anyway…”

I had no idea that by noticing this habit of self-judgment, and applying gallon-sized jugs of lovingkindness balm to my body and mind, I would slowly undo the damage I’d done to myself through my teenage eating disorder. No one had ever mentioned that, along with flexibility and calm, as a benefit of yoga practice!

But that’s part of the powerful magic of yoga… it helps us find and heal the parts of our heart we keep hidden away.

 

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I didn’t know that once my heart started to open, a loving yoga teacher was there, ready to reach out to others. I also didn’t know I would end up writing a book about my journey, one that I know some of you have read: Full: How one woman found yoga, eased her inner hunger, and started loving herself. And the surprises have continued to unfold this year, when after the book’s self-publishing release in Dec 2013, a publisher (New Harbinger, here in Oakland) approached me to buy the book. Thrilled, I said, “Yes, please!” As a result, the book is no longer available on the market, but will be republished in a revised form in March 2015, and available in bookstores everywhere! And since then, Full also won a 2014 Better Books for a Better World Silver Award in Body-Centered Practices from Nautilus Awards. It’s so cool! Some of my favorite authors, like Brene Brown and Jon Kabat-Zinn have won Silver Nautilus awards, too! Who knew this is where that first step onto my mat would take me? Who knows where your yoga practice will take you? As you keep showing up on your mat, let the magic unfold…

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Happy Mother's Day from the Namaste Tribe!

My daughter has been a part of the Namaste community since she was in utero and I taught my class with my protruding belly right up until three days before her birth! Motherhood is like yoga; my daughter always draws me back into the sweetness of the present moment. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there and thank you for all that you do! –Megan Moreno

Judy

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots; the other, wings. W.Hodding Carter. –Judy Rukat

Liz

Dance as a spiritual practice came from this hot mama (disco queen of the 70’s)! –Liz Mac

Nubia

I am so grateful to be the Mother of Ezra Gopal! Pure Joy and Lots of Devotion ! Jaya Ma –Nubia Teixeira

Robin

My mother passed away 14 years ago July 3rd 8:06pm. I miss here everyday. There were nuggets of knowledge she would give me as a child that I did d not know I would use in my adult life and I am grateful. She called me her Robby Roo. Much like baby kangaroos, I stayed close to her always snuggling. Her scent was intoxicating and could never be duplicated. –Robin Ward

KimKimberly or Enzo? 🙂

Bethany

Here’s my foxy Taurus mama, who introduced me to my very first yoga teacher. She is a force and I am so proud of her courageous path. –Bethany Hobbs

Sarah

My Moms cute activist picture is attached. Id love a caption that says, “Thanks, Mom, for teaching me to stand up for justice!” –Sarah Jenness

Amy

“Time with our kids is precious. Do whatever you need to do to feel your best, so you can enjoy every minute of it!” –Dr. Amy Day

Cherie

This is my Mom. The photo says so much….rarely is there a picture of just her. She is always with family or friends. She loves the country life. My Mom is the sweetest and most patient of anyone I know. I love her fiercely and hope I have inherited some of her traits. –Cherie Carson

Helene

My mama’s got a heart of gold! -Helene Cotton

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Happy Mother’s Day from the Namaste Tribe!

My daughter has been a part of the Namaste community since she was in utero and I taught my class with my protruding belly right up until three days before her birth! Motherhood is like yoga; my daughter always draws me back into the sweetness of the present moment. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there and thank you for all that you do! –Megan Moreno

Judy

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots; the other, wings. W.Hodding Carter. –Judy Rukat

Liz

Dance as a spiritual practice came from this hot mama (disco queen of the 70’s)! –Liz Mac

Nubia

I am so grateful to be the Mother of Ezra Gopal! Pure Joy and Lots of Devotion ! Jaya Ma –Nubia Teixeira

Robin

My mother passed away 14 years ago July 3rd 8:06pm. I miss here everyday. There were nuggets of knowledge she would give me as a child that I did d not know I would use in my adult life and I am grateful. She called me her Robby Roo. Much like baby kangaroos, I stayed close to her always snuggling. Her scent was intoxicating and could never be duplicated. –Robin Ward

KimKimberly or Enzo? 🙂

Bethany

Here’s my foxy Taurus mama, who introduced me to my very first yoga teacher. She is a force and I am so proud of her courageous path. –Bethany Hobbs

Sarah

My Moms cute activist picture is attached. Id love a caption that says, “Thanks, Mom, for teaching me to stand up for justice!” –Sarah Jenness

Amy

“Time with our kids is precious. Do whatever you need to do to feel your best, so you can enjoy every minute of it!” –Dr. Amy Day

Cherie

This is my Mom. The photo says so much….rarely is there a picture of just her. She is always with family or friends. She loves the country life. My Mom is the sweetest and most patient of anyone I know. I love her fiercely and hope I have inherited some of her traits. –Cherie Carson

Helene

My mama’s got a heart of gold! -Helene Cotton

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Outdoor Adventures with Anna Landauer

Anna Landauer is hands-down the Namaste guru on outdoor adventures. We all turn to Anna when we are looking for a little outdoor inspiration, good recommendations or a buddy to hit the trails with. Below, Anna shares a few of her favorite photos and tells us a little bit about what inspires her, where she’s been and what she has in store next.

Anna will be leading two group hikes this summer. They will include a refreshing all levels vinyasa practice, a peaceful walk through the trees, and an opportunity to sit quietly and reflect on your experiences.
Saturday May 17 and Sunday June 22
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Namaste: When did your adventurous spirit of exploration begin?

Anna: I distinctly remember falling in love with the outdoors on my 7th grade camping trip to Yosemite Valley. I grew up locally and at the time was in Ms. Davis’ class at Albany Middle School. I was also fortunate to grow up with a mom who was an Environmental Studies major at UC Berkeley. I remember playing in the creeks at Tilden Park and especially being fascinated by the water bugs scooting across the surface.

Namaste: Do you have a favorite place to hike, somewhere that feels like ‘your’ spot?

Anna: The first place that comes to mind is Lyell Canyon in Yosemite National Park, and it expands from there into the high country of the Sierras, Tuolumne Meadows and south to Mt. Whitney, the high mountain passes. I feel most at home, alive and vibrant above 10,000 ft. in the Sierras. I love the wide open spaces, the endless sea of granite and powerful contrast of water flowing over smooth glacial polished stone.

Namaste: What is the most inspiring place you’ve ever visited?

Anna: Would it be boring to say Yosemite? Now you can tell pretty clearly where my favorite place on earth is. I am also in awe of and inspired by the Grand Canyon. Rafting down the Colorado for three weeks through the Grand Canyon tops my list of amazing adventures. I love the feeling of utter insignificance I experience being a small human creature in such a vast space.

Namaste: What’s left on your bucket list?

Anna: Hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. Climb El Capitan. Run an ultra, maybe the Leadville 100 or Western States. Hike in the Alps. Trek in Nepal and Tibet. Take my niece backpacking…

Namaste: How do your big adventures impact your everyday life?

Anna: Every part of my life is a big adventure. My time in the wilderness feeds my spirit, keeps me nourished and vibrant. It is my time to recharge and connect with myself, with nature, with that which is grander and bigger than all things. Creation. Universe. Love. It reminds me that I am a living breathing, experiencing, being residing on this beautiful planet. This feeling of passion and enthusiasm for life is what I hope to carry back to my everyday life, my work and my community.

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