I’m Bethany Eanes And This Is My Dharma
I am a writer, yoga teacher, and owner of The Yoga Harbor in Torrance, CA. I’m known as an authentic story teller, usually to the delight of but sometimes to the dismay of my family and friends who know I live my life with very few filters. My husband has said, “You keep it real. Even when keeping it real goes very wrong.” This will be the name of my memoir some day.
Personal or Professional Goals:
A friend once told me the biggest compliment he could pay me is that I’d made him sincerely uncomfortable. That sums up my goal in life. If I make you question something, I’m doing my job.
What’s Your Offering to the World?
I offer a space to comfortably explore discomfort. That’s what we do here at The Yoga Harbor, it’s what I focus on when training yoga teachers, and it’s my goal for our home.
Who/What Inspires You?
I grew up in a suburban town of 20,000 outside of Pittsburgh like my parents before me and my grandparents before them. I didn’t know yoga existed, I would never have believed people could live at the beach, and I felt sure writing would be no more than a hobby for me. Ten-year-old me would look at my life with confusion and amazement. Everyday I’m filled with wonder at the possibility of what may come next.
Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time. Start with the person in front of you. (That’s actually Mother Teresa’s motto, but it’s the only way to be.)
It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. (Albus Dumbledore)
I spent five years very ill prior to having my thyroid radioactively destroyed. Those years were full of struggle, frustration, anger, and discomfort in my body and my life. I wanted nothing more than to be healthy enough to pursue my future, which I hoped included children. I worked so hard for that goal. I quit many times over in my pursuit. Those years cut me into the best version of myself, even though I was often the worst version of myself along the way. This past year post-radiation, I moved, opened a business, and conceived a child. I still work hard for my goals, but now I get to work doing the things I want to do instead of the things I don’t want to do. I’m sure I’ll cycle the other way again. I’m just trying to enjoy this work while it lasts.
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