Eleanor Pitts-Girdis - Teacher
My mother taught me at a very young age the power of being connected to the breath. I remember nights I couldn't sleep or times I had hurt myself, her soft words guided me to to take charge of my thoughts and build a connection between my mind and my body simply by taking long deep breaths, lengthening the breath, counting in my head, and matching the length of inhales to the length of exhales. This breath work (available to any of us any time) is pure gold. I learned to self-regulate and calm my own mind. My mother had no connection to yoga as we know it, yet this was something passed on to her from her mother and something I pass on to my children. Yoga entered my life on a different level from a dear friend's recommendation while I was training for a marathon. Once she got me to class, I immediately recognized the physical benefits. Even after my first attempts at the primary series of Ashtanga Yoga, my body craved the practice. I went back again and again, and after completing the marathon that brought me to yoga, I completely let go of running and made yoga my main practice. The moving mediation and connection to breath continues to bring my mind and body into alignment, both literally and physically. The physical benefits are measurable, and the mental benefits are endless.
When I began to pursue yoga as a way to make a living, the transition from yoga for me into yoga as a career really jaded my perspective. It was very hard to view this practice that I loved as a business opportunity, and justifying the practice versus the business has been one of my biggest struggles.... And then there was Urban Lotus blossoming around the same time as I had these feelings... Hannah and others, doing their thing to give back and bring the benefits that I had come to know and love and need for myself to people who really needed them brought me peace and joy and reminded me that we are all in this together. I have wanted to be a part of Urban Lotus in some way, since I first heard about it. Yoga is for everybody, and I'm so grateful to be a part of this project.
I spend my days being a mom to four humans, ages 2-18. I also run Midtown Community Yoga, where I teach and practice.
My Mantra: Find your breath.