Moving to a new city, there are a lot of unknowns. When I graduated from college in 2014, I followed my then boyfriend (now husband) to Atlanta. I had a good job there, and we were happy, but I didn’t find the friendships or community connections I needed. After just shy of two years there, I was ready for the next journey, and a fresh start.
We moved to Pittsburgh in 2016, where I was determined to start off on a better note. My introverted nature can leave me stuck in isolation without even realizing, and I didn’t want to let that happen again. At the recommendation of a friend, I started searching Facebook for “groups” in the Pittsburgh area, focusing especially on yogis. I found Pittsburgh Yoga, joined, and immediately stumbled on a post about a new women’s book club, led by a local yoga instructor. The group was meeting in a yoga studio downtown, called Inhale. It was the perfect open door, and I walked right through. That yoga instructor, Alyssa Kuzins, has turned out to be so much more.
Since then, I have attended many book club evenings, with lots of wine, conversation and good company. I convinced my now sister-in-law, Lauren, to come on Alyssa’s first yoga retreat with me back in 2016, and I’m glad to say that I just signed up for her Radiance Retreat happening at the end of this summer.
I’ve watched Alyssa develop new classes, from goddess lessons to journaling groups, and yoga classes to go alongside each. I was even fortunate enough to be one of the first people she shared her vision for The Journal Deck with, an oracle deck with journal prompts to guide you. (Real story, I bought one of these beautiful decks for each of my bridesmaids, because what better gift than a tool for self-love?)
Not only did Alyssa and her fiancé, Brad, come to my wedding in December, she actually came early in the morning to lead my sisters, bridesmaids, mothers, flower girl and me in an intention-setting circle. We spent about 40 minutes stretching and moving slowly together, with Alyssa’s voice serving as our guide to grace, strength, and love. Afterwards, we were all beaming and light, ready for the momentous day ahead. It was the best gift, and such an authentic way to mark the occasion.
This woman, is fierce, fiery and inspiring. She has worked so hard, and continues to work so hard leading women toward the light. She preaches self-love, and has recently started the Self Care Collective, a month-by-month online membership service with amazing content including: yoga classes, meditations, visualizations, worksheets, one-on-one coaching calls, moon readings and so much more. If you are looking for a way to reinvest in yourself, talk to Alyssa. She offers a plethora of tools and resources for tapping back in, that she’s ready to share with you.