coach fear

photo credit:  james jackson

photo credit: james jackson

“with the exercise of self-trust, new powers shall appear.” -ralph waldo emerson

i found this quote on a package that splendid spoon sent recently and i find myself returning to it multiple times throughout a given week. currently, it is on my vision board. i have spent a considerable amount of time ruminating on the behavioral characteristics of fear. what it smells like, tastes like, and feels like at the time that it has taken up residence in my mind. with all the transitions in my life lately, i have found it difficult to tune out, or rather, tune in to what fear is trying to communicate to me.

a lot of my anxiety and impatience is stemming from life asking me to bend and stretch in ways i never have before. buying a car, navigating the valleys of a new career, entering a new portal in my relationships, it all seems so overwhelming! and then i read, "with the exercise of self-trust, new powers shall appear." is that what it takes? trusting myself? that and being open to the lessons.

i think part of the challenge is that i see fear as an enemy rather than an ally. despite how mean it may sound sometimes, ultimately, fear is a motivator that has the intention of keeping us focused on the path, even if it doesn’t feel that way. 

are there areas in your life in which you are being asked to stretch in new ways? how can you remember to pause and trust in yourself?

saturday morning practice from 10:30-11:45 takes place at fuse in foxhall. come, move, and create new space in the body. 

when leaping into whatever, try your best to not be afraid. be patient and when all else seems to fail, bet on yourself!

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.