Welcome, I'm Lori Hawkins
I came to yoga in, what seems to me now, another lifetime. In the beginning, my practice ebbed and flowed over the years, but it was always there....waiting for me to come back to it.
After distance running injuries sidetracked me for awhile, I renewed and strengthened my relationship with yoga and found that there was physical healing and strengthening in yoga. During that time, my mother was declining into early-onset dementia. My yoga practice helped me to build emotional strength and peace to care for her, to be a more present mother to my two young children, and to be kinder to myself as an individual who was struggling to hold together the pieces of my life. Yoga taught me to live in the moment, to breathe, and to let myself be enough. Yoga changed my life.
In time, as the effects of yoga in my life took root and deepened, I realized that I needed to share the values of yoga with others. Study, training, and practice followed, and Sankulpa Yoga came to be. My sankulpa, my intention and vow, is this: Peace and Joyful Purpose. Every day, I strive for my sankulpa. It gives me direction and a tangible goal for how I want to live my life. Thank you for reading my story. If it struck a chord with you, please contact me. I would be honored to work with you as an individual or with your organization.
Lori Hawkins earned her RYT-200 yoga teacher designation for Vinyasa yoga in June 2016. She trained at Emerald Heart School of Yoga in Grayslake, Illinois. Lori holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and post graduate certification all in the field of education. She is an Organizational Member of the nonprofit Yoga Service Council. Her practical experience includes over a decade and a half of teaching and learning coordinating for pre-kindergarten through high school students from a multitude of backgrounds as well as developing and teaching a college course in the study of Yoga in Schools. Her experiences and findings both on the mat and off can be found on her Sankulpa Yoga blog and in future publications.