returning (to ethiopia)

photo credit:  james jackson

photo credit: james jackson

i have come to the realization that as i age, i want my experience on earth school to soften me, not harden me. i want to be fearless in giving myself the kindness, love, and respect i did not receive. and i want to use all that i learn to live my best life.

in january 2016, my intention for the year was returning. a conscious past life regression in order to cleanse, heal, and unearth the roots of my patterns. it has been a deeply painful yet rewarding self-exploration journey, one that has left me in awe. and one that will put me on a plane to my birth country, addis ababa, ethiopia, after nearly 10 years tomorrow morning.

a lot has changed for me over the course of these last 24 months. in an attempt to align with my highest self, i changed neighborhoods, made tremendous breakthroughs through counseling and yoga, and resigned from my post at Ann Mashburn. as i continue to get closer to my why and shed the layers that no longer serve, i am humbled by the universe asking, are you living your best life?

guilt, fear, and shame, were keeping me from daring to live my best life and tuning in to the things that matter most to me. guilt of appearing too selfish. fearful that i am leaving others behind. and shame for not being content with what i have and where i am, and instead wanting more. i realize that what i want is to cultivate relationships (emotional, financial, mental, physical, spiritual) that are rooted in love, reciprocity, and respect. and that actually, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that!

what does living your best life mean to you?

i will return from ethiopia on october 23. join me for satsang on sunday, october 29 from 10:30am-12pm focusing on inversions. if you are terrified of getting into headstand, don't let fear stop you. come and be guided intelligently and safely into the world of inversions. coffee, discourse, and pastries to follow. 

to keep up with my active and busy lifestyle, i teamed up with splendid spoon for meals throughout the week. all of the meals are plant based and free of gluten. the best part is that there is no cooking involved! you can customize your delivery to reflect all three meals of the day or choose what suits you. as a gesture of my gratitude, use this code: NYASPOON20 to receive $20 off your order! 

i hope that you, too, return and reclaim what is rightfully yours. a life filled with an abundance of creative space, relationships rooted in reciprocity and respect, and a healthy lifestyle that will carry you for years and generations to come.

live your best life!

big love,



Nya Alemayhu

Nya Alemayhu is an author, entrepreneur, wellness coach, and yoga teacher based in Washington, DC. Nya began her physical asana practice in 2004 while attending university. She received her first teaching certificate in 2013 and has been sharing the gift of yoga ever since.