So for those of you who saw on social media and last week’s post, I posted about joining Sojourn Healing Collective as a yoga instructor. The space is tentatively set to open in the Hillcrest area of San Diego come this fall. I interviewed three of the partners opening Sojourn; Melanie Esperon, from Reiki Room, Virgil Sim from Sim Massage, and Whitney Yarnall, a Yoga Instructor but also, the woman who had a vision and ran with it! See below to learn more about this awesome space!
Talk to me a little about Sojourn and your vision for it.
Melanie: With so many practitioners with their own private practices, we realized that our clients were traveling to so many different locations for healing. We wanted to bring everyone together under one roof to create accessibility for healing the mind, body and soul.
The ultimate vision of Sojourn is to be a supportive community of gifted healers, teachers and students of life; inspiring truth and self-realization in one another. With Sojourn's unique extension of the traditional yoga experience, we combine physical movement and restoration with alternative healing techniques (yoga, meditation, reiki, massage, intuition, nutrition, chiro, acupuncture...list goes on). Clearing creates Clarity where we can then guide participants to realize their greatest potential from within.
Was there a single moment in which you knew this was your next? If so, can you recall it?
Whitney: There was not one clear moment for me, it was almost as if the universe was leaving me a trail of puzzle pieces and I picked up everything that I needed along the way. I spent a lot of time becoming clear on what I wanted, and how I wanted my life to feel. The rest slowly fell into place over time.
What is your life’s current intention or theme?
Virgil: My current intention is to bring hope, peace and love to the forefront.
For those resistant to tapping into their spiritual side, what would you like to say?
Melanie: I say, “show up when you are ready”. You can’t force anyone to be ready to face themselves…it can be a hard process just acknowledging the past and root causes of mental/emotional/physical pain and illnesses. Once they decide that they are ready, WE begin strong…touching on mind body soul simultaneously.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Melanie: Animal style in and out fries. Those are so bomb!
Whitney: I love Swedish Fish!!!
Virgil: I love coconut ice cream!
If you'd like to keep up with the opening of Sojourn and current classes being held in their temporary space (True Motion) , like them on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/sojournsandiego/ or Follow on Instagram: @SojournSanDiego
For those of you saw on my Instagram, I had an amazing experience last Saturday. It began with a Reiki session with Reiki Room San Diego. Reiki Room is run by Melanie Esperon. Simply put, the practice of Reiki is tapping into our body's energy to heal. However, Clairevoyancy is Melanie's most heightened gift, she is a clear seer of the future. In addition, she is also Clairecognizent (a knower), Claireaudient (a listener), Clairesentinent (a feeler) On top of all of that, she is a Medium and can connect with Angels and those who have crossed over. Melanie describes herself as an “Open Channel.”
For those of you aren’t as spiritual, or perhaps traditionally religious, this all might sound like a bunch of “witchcraft.” It isn’t. I’d first like to state that I do believe in God. Perhaps it is not in the traditional Christian/Catholic way, but I believe. Secondly, Melanie’s work is simply meant to be healing. Just hear me out…
Melanie and I go back to when I first moved to San Diego. I’ll never forget when she asked me if I had a boyfriend with dark hair. It was that morning that Kevin and I became official...like 2 hours prior. Of course she then shared with me that she had a gift…or multiple, rather. That moment was fate to me- it opened a door I never knew existed. It was almost 2.5 years ago that I had my first session with her. She told me that I was going to be a yoga teacher and also a part of the holistic world in some way. I always felt this in my heart but there was this disconnect of how I was going to get to that point. Boy, did time and life experiences find that connection!
Amongst many other things, Melanie also exposed me to my gift – I’m Clairecognizent and in my most recent session, she revealed that I’m becoming Clairesentinent.
This past session brought a lot of clarity for me. I’m getting married in 16 days, preparing for next week's final exams, settling into a new job (it’s remote, but still), and trying to give my heart and soul to all of my yogi's. It’s a beautiful life I live, but it’s busy and I just needed some confidence that I was headed in the right direction. Well, I am…and the most beautiful thing happened, I got to connect with my “grandfather” on my biological mother’s side. (I realize that was said so technically. It’s because I wasn’t raised by my biological mom…that’s another story, ha!) Nonetheless, It was beautiful. I got to know about my children, my job…guys, in the next year or so, I’m actually an AYURVEDIC NUTRITIONIST and still a Yoga Teacher! She actually read that I’ll be a part of a healing collective, Sojourn Collective, opening up this fall. Last night I got hired on to teach yoga upon their opening!
In a nutshell, I’m living my dream. But as Melanie told me, I’ve gotten so caught up in making myself busy that I need to SLOW DOWN. Just this afternoon, I lost my keys from being so disconnected. This is something we can all relate to. We need to just BE in the moment. It’s in THAT stillness that we are able to connect with the energy of the world, God, our Angels, our purpose. If our mind is turbulent, the biggest sign could go unnoticed.
So together, let’s just be and TRUST that all will go well. In fact, it will go better. <3
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