Tucson, Ariz. > Portland, OR 2016

7:oo PM | December 9, 2016

Portland, OR โ€” Once upon a time a Millennial, post-grad, yoga teacher moves to Portland…

It’s been difficult for me to write about my move without pulling out clichรฉs. I know this story hasย likely been told a time or two before.

But, I remind myself that originality comes with every new moment. So onward:

We made it to Portland! After multiple weeks of being nomadic, we have settled into a treehouse in one of those “up-and-coming” neighborhoods in the city.

Portland is just as wild as when I left. (Good job, you’re all still “Keeping Portland Weird”)

I am constantly reminded of why I made this life-altering decision. This city is magic. Every person I’ve met thus far, I would consider a friend. Our home feels like ours. The rain feels needed. (The snow is another story.)

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They say, “Ask, and you shall receive.” I believe it’s true. If I hadn’t asked for (most) of the help I received along this journey, then I am not sure we would’ve made it.

Really, thank you to every single soul that we came in contact with. Your warmth kept us going.

Here are a few pictures from our trip:

It's really happening. Tucson I love you. ๐Ÿ’‹โค๏ธ๐ŸŒตโ˜บ๏ธโœจ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ
Uhaul, Tucson, Arizona
Flagstaff dates today made my heart so happy.  Grateful for life long friendships with soul sisters #demiraeyoga @sastatham . If I missed you this time, don't worry I'll be back soon. #yoga #yogateacher #yogafam #igyoga #yogaeverydamnday #travel #yogagirls #flagstaff #az
Handstands in Flagstaff, Arizona
Hey guys. Look up. Beauty is all around us. #supermoon #supermoon2016 #love #coupleswhotravel #yoga #yogateacher #spreadlove #belove #monlight #nature #environment #fullmoon #moon #texas #yoga #happy
Full Moon, November, 2016
Everything is bigger in Texas. (Especially the L O V E ) Thanks to the entire Texas fam for such a perfect trip ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒต๐Ÿ’‹. #Texas #love #kisses #Cati #cactus #relationshipgoals #coupleswhotravel #green #barn #smile #spreadlove #lovebig #yogateacher #muscian
Kisses in Kerrville, Texas
I (try) to base all actions on one thing: Love. I am filled with so much gratitude this morning.  For my courageous counterpart, this partner who is everything I could dream for and more. A perfect complement for me. @blakewarr Grateful for every member of my incredible family. โœจ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ. Grateful for all the friends, the members of my worldwide tribe of lovers โค๏ธโค๏ธ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ•Šโœจ. All you need is love, love is all you need. ๐ŸŽถ #love #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #relationshipgoals #yogagirl #brogi #yogaeverywhere #friends #nature #sunshine #gratitude #attitudeofgratitude #spreadlove #belove #bethechange #health #happy #fit #strong #sunsalutations #suryanamaskar #tatiyoga #texas
Texas
I want to spread the love! West Coast tour starts today. Like my Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/TatianaTomichYoga/ Please connect or contact if you have a space you'd like for me to teach a public, donation-based mindful movement class. All major cities all along the West Coast.  #yoga teacher #yoga #tour #westcoast #speadlove #lovetrumpshate #belove #bethechange #move #strong #breathe #peace #dedication #travel #vegas #tatiyoga
Las Vegas, Nevada
"To me, you are ____ Light, sunshine, courage,  inspiration, loyalty, creativity,  joy, dreams. You are a warrior." - Words from my friend, (anonymous) desert goddess ๐ŸŒต๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜˜ . There is someone in Tucson who has been each one of those descriptive words for me at one point or another.  Tucson and Community are now synonymous to me.  Love is still alive. Keep this flame going.  It's time for me to go out into the world to learn more, spread this love.  But, you know I'll be back. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผโœจ๐ŸŒต๐ŸŒโœŒ๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ’‹โœจ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐ŸŒ™โ˜บ๏ธ To everyone here, I feel blessed to have met each and every one of you. Namastรฉ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ•Š #thisistucson #letters #art #dreams #inspiration #light #spreadlove #bethechange #bethelight #community #friends #yoga #frida #feathers #yogateacher #warmlove #tatiyoga  #fridakahlo #arizona #love #humbled #grateful #thankful PS ( I could only tag 20 people but I love ALL OF YOU) โ˜บ๏ธโค๏ธ
Love from Tucson
When all else fails, go back to the basics.  #bread #craft #market #foodie #real
Bread from Time Market, Tucson, Arizona

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Headstands in Boise, Idaho

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ย tatiana_tomichย Have you ever moved across the country with only love guiding you? (…welcome to my life…) This move from ๐ŸŒต->๐ŸŒฒ has been a huge test of all the practices that I’ve been teaching over the last few years.

Guys, it’s been a true odyssey. A journey physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

  • But, as I’ve always been taught that it’s important to follow your heart. โค๏ธTo be brave. ๐Ÿ’ซTo live the life I imagined. ๐Ÿฆ„
    So… here I go. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผโœจ๐Ÿ•Š๐Ÿ•Š๐Ÿ•Š

Happy Holidays everyone.

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Dear America, From a HSP

Last week I broke down.

It was the morning after the election, and I was exhausted (to say the least). It was my last week in Tucson, a place I’ve lived for the last six+ years. I’d just said goodbye to a community of people who had been my family, my teachers, my students, my friends… my tribe. (Emotional to say the least).

When Mr. Donald J. Trump was elected as president, I was just as shocked as everyone else.

The morning after, ย I sat on my yoga mat with my closest friend and my significant other and I cried. And yeah, that’s an understatement. I was pretty much hysterical. I was fearful. I was anxious. I was completely caught off guard and felt betrayed. I felt angry. I felt sad. I felt confused. I felt scared.

I have met and loved many people in this life. When Mr. Trump verbally attacked certain groups of people, he was attacking my friends. He was attacking me. And I took it personally. I do not support sexism, bigotry, racism, hate speech, fear mongering, or negativity of any kind. I believe that the words you speak are what you bring into your life. The more you speak words of hate, the more hate fills your heart.

To that end, I believe the opposite is true as well: When we speak words of love, love fills ourย hearts.

I sat on my yoga mat that morning, with tears on my face, worry in my heart, and anger in my bones. Andย I was not alone. There were many who were hurt and betrayed following Election 2016, and rightfully so. We were misled as a country on so many accounts. Both Right and Left have been manipulating us. Every single news source has been biased in some fashion. Trump has spoken words of hate. But, so has Hillary.

In honesty, what I’ve realized in the week that has passed is that everything isย going to be okay.

Why? Because love still exists.

I still have faith in love. I have faith in us. In myself. In my friends. In my neighbors. In my community.

I shed tearsย the morning of November 9, 2016 for every single one of us who was manipulated by the people ofย power in this country.

Today you will not find tears on my face. You’ll find a smile.

Like so many others, I have been blessed with love. As I cried that morning, my tears were wiped away by my two best friends. Two strong men who remind me that GOOD men do exist. These men have showed me more compassion and love than I can even begin to comprehend. They did not belittle me for being sad. In fact, my significant other held me and told me that I was S T R O N G. And as he held me up in my moment of need, I thought, “We are strong.”

A few years ago I was diagnosed by a very smart doctor as a “Highly Sensitive Person”. I’ve had many labels placed on me my external voices, some true, some notโ€”but this one made sense.

There was a protest at the University of Arizona last night in Tucson, Ariz. and it affected me. Negatively.

I knowย that there is hurt. I seeย that there is unrest in people’s hearts. I understand that you want to be heard.

It’s okay to be hurt.

It’s okay to feel.

But, it’s not okay to spread that sadness, fear, anger, hate (call it what you want) to others.

I was sitting a local pizza spot and I watched as they marched by yelling.ย Some were words of strength, some were words of hate. All of it was conflicted.

There was a child eating next to us with his mother. I listened as he asked his mother what they were saying.

They were saying, “F*** Trump.” And it was difficult for the mother to explain that to her small child.

America,ย please understand the weight that your words hold. The value of your actions. Every action you make is changing the direction of this country. We are in this together. My friends, my fellow Americans, love is alive. Please, think of our children. Love is infectious, but we can’t love one another if we don’t know how to accept love ourselves.

If you need someone to simple listen, feel free to write to me.

Love and light,

Tatiana