“Embracing Your Grace” by Tai Tipton

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“Embracing Your Grace”  

By Tai Tipton


I have felt more than blessed over the past 2.5 years than ever in my life. I found my purpose, right here in Weatherford TX! Who knew?  Since I started my Yoga Teacher Training in 2015 with Sandra, John & Jenny at Indra’s Grace, I knew that I moved to this little town, for this.  Yoga!  Yoga is why we are here! Ah-HA!!! Before then, I was very confused of the reason why we moved here. I could NOT for the life of me, put my finger on it! We have family here…bonus!  We have a great little home…bonus!  But everything else we do, shopping, eating, doctors, our jobs, etc. we drive to Fort Worth for but still chose to live in Weatherford! Why? Hmm? We moved here in mid-2013, but I could not figure out why.

The Journey Begins:

One of my favorite songs growing up was Amazing Grace.  Everyone who is anyone knows the tune, but here an excerpt of the tune and lyrics: “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound. That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see.”  I used to sing this over and over when I was young as it was taught to me in my 3rd grade class.  (I was lucky then to have a very cool teacher that sang and played a guitar!)  That was it!  I was beginning to see that maybe this move to Weatherford wasn’t just for a cute little 2 bedroom, 1 bath rock home for 3 people (my son, husband and I)…no, that couldn’t be it!!! Nope, because I became pregnant and we had to move from that cute little home to hold a growing family of now, FOUR!  2014, I had my beautiful daughter.


There we where, our family now of four, another new home and life changes!  Things where really happening and I “should’ve” felt happy and I was definitely feeling more than blessed but I fell very deep into a dark place of postpartum depression.  It was so deep, I knew I needed something life-changing to wake me up!  I quite my job to stay home with my son and my new baby daughter.  I was overweight, even further away from my busy friends that I once saw all the time.  I saw no one.   Life felt so full, yet so empty.  I went to the doctor and he decided that I needed to be on medication for the depression.  I took the meds for a month, I was not fulfilled, so I stopped and looked elsewhere.   So I pulled my mat out and started moving my body.  I logged onto Instagram one day and saw a “yoga challenge” and thought, I need a challenge! So I did it!  I posted pictures of myself doing Yoga, postpartum body and all!!  Then I kept doing it, posting on Instagram and I built an amazing supportive yoga community on there!  I wasn’t “alone” yet these people where on social media, still no other means of real human interaction.  I love yoga so much and always have, (I have been practicing off-and-on since 2008) but I also loved the community feeling I was getting, maybe I needed more???  Little did I know, something more was a little gem in the little town we embarked on to live in for “who knows why?”


Fast forward a few months…


I then thought about this teacher that touched my heart when I first moved to Weatherford that I took a chakra meditation class with named Sandra Vanatko!


As I found my way into classes again I began to realize she was offering a teacher training.  I thought to myself that maybe that would be a better path for me, immersing myself into something that has never let me down! Yoga! Why not?  I had many reservations like, “what if I am jumping into something that won’t be good for me?”  “I cannot afford this!”  “What if they don’t like me?” and so on.  On the contrary, I have always loved the idea that no one could take the practice of yoga from me, it’s mine forever, wherever I go!  And well, I needed to learn more.  I also remember watching Sandra in one of my classes one day, and thinking to myself, “I want what she’s got!”  There was a grace about this teacher.  So I signed up after a few classes with her for 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training! (I only had around a hand-full of classes with her before signing my name to immerse in a 10 month YTT program!)  I had no way of knowing how to pay for it, somehow it was paid in full rather quickly (still to this day I don’t remember how I managed it financially but I know the Universe conspired with me!)  I had zero chi (energy) at this time, I was tired from a middle-of-the-night nursing baby, vitamin deficiencies, adrenal fatigue and severe depression. What the heck was I thinking?! How will I get through this?


It was not only life-changing but liberating!  I was a new person in a way that I know now, this was and is my destiny!  I had no intention to teach and now I teach at my home studio!  I am both humbled and honored.  I did it and I got more than what I bargained for.  I don’t remember how I paid for it or got through every weekend and completed everything on time but life blessed me, the community didn’t just “like” me but they LOVED me.  I was changed.  My heart swells just writing it now!


I started teaching immediately after graduation in 2016 with a sweet studio named Temple Road Yoga. (Yes! this studio is in Fort Worth!!!  I mean, why would it not be?)


Six months later, I then was offered a mentorship with Sandra and to teach at Indra’s Grace in July of 2016 and moved to teaching only in Weatherford!  I hit my 1 year Anniversary of teaching at the studio that molded me, shook me and changed me!  I am so grateful for my teachers, classes, students and peers!  I can’t believe that it’s been 1 year of teaching here!  So now we live in a great home, with a family of 4 people and 3 dogs and well, we do yoga here!


Present day…


I am now serving my 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training and this year I am blessed to have had my beautiful-hearted husband join me for his 200 hour YTT.  I am not sure where this journey will now take us, “I can’t put my finger on it”, but I trust that we are exactly where we need to be.  It’s a beautiful blind walk, trusting that the Universe is always conspiring.


“Amazing Indra’s Grace! How sweet the sound.

That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found;

Was blind, but now I see.”


About the Author:


Tai is a stay-at-home/homeschooling Mother of two.  She has realized that as a busy Mom, wife and growing small businesses throughout her life that Yoga and Meditation is quite essential to having a mindfully balanced life. She realizes that being “human” has its challenges and practicing yoga has been a perfect way to accept what cannot be changed, throw out what can be changed and finding the truest meaning of ‘Self-Love’. Under the training of Sandra Vanatko at Indra’s Grace, Tai is an RYT-200 focused on the therapeutic aspects of Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation – Mind, Body, Soul.  Tai has a clear vision of knowing she wants to share with students and that is what she has received from her wonderful teachers at Indra’s Grace and from her Meditation teacher, Ajay Kapoor.  Her philosophy is sharing from her heart, providing each student to feel into their bodies mindfully in a safe, loving space using breath and fluid moments.  Her goal is to truly help others really move into their own Self to discover new possibilities, self-care, using acts of Self-love and freeing what no longer serves by freely exploring their body with connection to breath.

She is currently undergoing training for her RYT-500 with Indra’s Grace in Weatherford, TX with Sandra Vanatko.