How I Learned To Live
I am truly blessed. I have an amazing family; supportive, caring, brilliant, loving, protective, hard-working, charismatic, generous, comforting. Parents who fell in love in high school and whose love has never swayed but only grown, who are full of guidance but not demand, let each of their children have their own voice and whose love is truly, down to the core, unconditional. My brothers and I are best friends. Todd is 8 years older, Trent 6 years older and I'm the baby. Todd always acted as my protector, a second father figure. Trent and I were besties. As I grew older, Todd and my adult friendship grew as strong as could be, given I was no longer "little Trisha Ann". Don't let me fool you, he was still always in full protective mode but we bonded on an entirely new level. Our family life seemed picture perfect...until May 9th, 2014.
it's the kind of heartache you can feel in your bones.
It's as if I have had to learn how to live all over again. After losing my oldest brother to a massive heart attack (something we found out he had at birth but was never detected), I faced a pain so intense that I didn't know could exist. It was/is cruel. I had a choice. Face the pain or numb the pain. Ultimately I chose to let it punch me, kick me, throw me down and stomp on me until I was ready to stand again. I didn't hide from his passing but rather had to learn to live in a new reality I never thought would be.
the trouble is that you think you have time -buddha
I decided to make some major changes. I walked away from everything I "knew"; corporate world, sales position, financial stability, benefits, a fully furnished house, even things and people who were toxic. I woke up. I realized I had just being doing life; not living life. I decided I wanted to live on a beach so within 48 hours I had a security deposit down on a beach house in Siesta Key, Florida. My belongings that I had worked hard for and collected a house full of did not seem important anymore so everything but a car load went into storage.
After taking almost 10 months away from yoga (my brother and I practiced together and it seemed impossible to get on my mat), I decided that it was the thing I wanted to do the most and I couldn't let fear of facing him not being next to me hold me back. I applied and was accepted to work for a studio, absorbed as much knowledge as possible from the owner, the other teachers, colleagues and everyone who walked into the doors. I practiced nearly daily on the beach. I rode my bicycle everywhere. I walked my dog as much as possible. I went skydiving. I stayed present. Yoga started changing me, not just physically but emotionally and spiritually. I was alive. I was finally living.
Naturally I wanted more of this. I decided I wanted to get my yoga certification and applied for a school that was already at capacity and listed as sold out. Something (or someone; an angelic voice) told me to apply anyway. Due to a last minute cancellation, I was accepted. I booked my flight and left three weeks later for Thailand. Living in a jungle with unique sounds and sights for thirty days, I graduated with an even clearer sense of who I am and what I want to share with the world.
After a year away, I made my way back to my roots in Columbus. I launched my business, originally and extremely creatively called Trisha Hoffman Yoga, in March 2016. Over the next year, I taught anywhere and everywhere that I possibly could; studios, offices, corporate events, private sessions, parks and even basements. Location and compensation didn't matter; sharing my passion did. I spent countless hours writing my business plan and thinking of how I could incorporate my family, my story and most importantly, my brother.
Here are a few ways that you'll notice Todd living on through, what now is, Namaste In Love:
Namaste In Love: The name itself. I carefully selected this name as a way to devote my life to Todd and to staying in love. Instead of letting my grief or any other hardships I've already experienced and those that lay ahead, I vow to stay in love:
with life, no matter what happens
with all others, with the awareness to not let them impact me negatively
with myself, fully believing in the strength and beauty that I possess
The AUM (OM) symbol is a sacred symbol that has many meanings but the one found in our logo is particularly close to the heart. The effect of tweaking the symbol every so slightly to reflect a 32 and adding a heart honors Trisha’s brother who passed away. Incorporating his beloved football number provides a daily reminder of his inspiration and guidance.
The New Member Special:
Todd would have loved that we offer prices that are both fair to myself as a business owner but fair to our community by keeping them as low as we possibly can. Thus, the 2-week New Member Special is $32; his football number.
I couldn't be more thrilled to share yoga with the world and be a part in any way of helping others feel alive, too.