Project Inspire - Shari (Zen Family Yoga, Ramsey, NJ)

Last month, I decided to take on a photography project - Project Inspire. I put a call out on social media for women that wanted to participate and share their stories. My inspiration for this project was this quote on my office bulletin board, "I love the person I've become because I've fought to become her." I can't tell you how amazing the response has been. I have quite a few inspiring women to share over the next few months. 

One of the first to respond was Shari. A mother of two gorgeous girls decided to end her marriage and start over. She turned to yoga in this difficult time and her passion was ignited. Shari followed her passion and recently opened Zen Family Yoga in Ramsey. 

I met up with Shari and her girls in her new studio and we got to chat. Her new studio is amazing and peaceful space. I felt such at peace walking in. I could just feel the good energy in her studio and I can't wait to try out her yoga class. 

  • What carries you through the tough times? Yoga, praying to God (which for Shari was new since she was raised Jewish but she somehow found herself praying)
  • What is your life lesson to share with your daughters? I hope they discover what they are passionate about it. React based on their feelings, understand their feelings & to look inward. 

I've asked all Project Inspire partcipants to answer how the quote applies to their own lives and stories and this is what Shari had to say...

My transformation started when I made the decision to put the brakes on my life and what my kids were seeing in our household. They saw their mother getting pushed to the floor by their father. Waking up at night hearing their father yell. Me feeling like I could never do enough. Two years of soul searching. Hitting rock bottom in every way. Starting to pray to God for strength and the ability to function so that I can build a new life for me and my two daughters. Taking yoga as a way to spend my time productively when my kids are with their father. Yoga took me in and I haven't looked back. Yoga inspired me to grow. Go inward.