Hey! I’m Rebecca!
Oh, hey there! I’m so thrilled that you’ve landed here. My name is Rebecca Warfield. That’s me above. Well, the little smooshy face creature is my frenchie. We like to call him Hank. But his real name is Hank Meatball III of Wilmington. And the dude? That’s Aaron, my main squeeze. Yup, that’s a llama between us.
Get ready. I have a lot to say. As usual.
About Rebecca Warfield Yoga and Dharma Drops
Rebecca Warfield Yoga (RWY) is the section of this community where we can practice yoga together. Through RWY, I offer public classes and online trainings for yoga teachers. I believe that the yoga practice brings us closer to our true selves (you’ll learn more about that below). Plus, as a university English instructor, I also believe in the value of learning and studying. Through RWY, we can learn and grow within the teachings of yoga. And, together, we can create a learning community based upon integrity, authenticity, diversity, inquiry, analysis, reflection, and practice. Oh, and fun. We’ll also have a damn good time.
But it doesn’t have to be all serious yoga biz all of the time. That’s where Dharma Drops comes into to save the day! Dharma Drops Podcast and Dharma Drops Magazine is a digital community of yogis, non-yogis, writers, thinkers, artists, moms and dads, scientists…(the list can keep going) who are interested exploring ideas about “yoga, life, and whatever.” In other words, we cover a wide range of topics that often include yoga, but are not limited to yoga. And just a heads up, some of the Dharma Drops content is NSFW. Sometimes we talk about Krishna. Other times, we drop the f-bomb.
Allow me to tell you a little about myself. I am both a college English teacher and a yoga instructor. I’ll spare you the cuddle puddle diatribe about how yoga changed my life. If you are here, you have probably experienced that at some level already. But with time, I realized my full-time role as an English teacher was no longer serving me. And, more importantly, I wasn’t serving my students. After a decade of developing an academic career, I threw the age-old advice to the wind. I quit my day job.
Now, I’d love to tell you the rest of my story is like one of those motivational Instagram posts about how “I quit my day job, and I’ve never been happier.” It’s not. Not even close. In fact, I quit my day job and found that I knew a lot about yoga, but I had no idea who I was as a yogi. I had an idea of what I thought I was supposed to be like. And I had an idea of what other yogis thought I should be. I had crystals and sage. I feared Mercury’s retrograde. I tried to balance the shit out of my chakras. But all that stuff seemed to take me further away from my sense of self.
And that, y’all, is what threw me over the edge, head first into the deep end. For a brief time, I fucking hated yoga. Not only had I let my job go—I let my whole life go. In the process of “becoming a yogi,” I lost my true sense of self. The great irony is that it was my yoga practice that helped me pivot toward the remembrance that as yogis we do not have to be perfect. We do not have to fit a particular mold. It’s okay to be yogi and a normal human being.
That, my friends, is what inspired me to develop RWY and Dharma Drops. A return to self (and Self). I have developed Rebecca Warfield Yoga and Dharma Drops to explore yoga, but to also celebrate our diverse human-ness. Just imagine it! The radical notion that yogis are human. ;)
Here, we appreciate the diversity of the full human experience. You don’t have to practice asana every day. You don’t have to be a vegan. You can be a vegan. You don’t have to believe in the vibrational healing powers of crystals. Or you can. There is no one-size-fits all version of yoga here. In other words, this community honors the notion that we can all practice yoga in unique ways. As such, we're dumping out the proverbial yoga Kool-Aid. Come as you are. You are welcome here!
Most importantly, around these parts, we take yoga seriously--but not ourselves.