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Meet Brooke Page-Thompson of Buka Yoga in Castle Rock

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brooke Page-Thompson.

Brooke, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My story. It’s always interesting to write my story. It reminds me of how our path is this beautiful journey through life. It’s not always easy or pretty. But when you look back on it… it’s perfect. Because it’s yours.

I started in the church as a young kid. My grandparents were missionaries and heavily involved in their church and community. I grew up actively involved as well in my local church. Even thinking one day, I would marry a pastor and be a pastors wife. Fast forward to my 20’s and few bumps in the road and I was on a different journey. I’d gotten my undergrad in Elementary Education only to realize teaching public education was not really my thing. So, I moved to Denver from Omaha, had a corporate job and traveled a lot. The next 15 years would be a whirlwind of consulting roles, sales, international travel and a brief stint in Australia and finding yoga.

In 2015, I went on my first yoga retreat. It wasn’t just my first retreat. It was really my first time ever practicing yoga. But I had found myself at rock bottom and didn’t know what else to do. A friend of mine was going on her annual holiday to a retreat in Portugal. Why not go with her? This week of practice became a pivotal point in my journey. I fell in love with yoga. I fell in love with how it made my body feel, how calm my mind became and how it felt to really breathe for the first time. I had no idea just how connected I would soon become with this practice. But it started me on a new path in my journey. One of self-reflection and connection to a higher purpose. I realized I was here to do something more than just work and make money and live day to day. It would take another three years to figure it out, but those three years were the most life-altering years.

I quit my job and had a bit of a mid-life crisis (as my mom would say). I practiced yoga to help me process a lot of internal gunk that was making it’s a way to the surface. I had to do something else with my life than what I had done before. I joined a yoga studio in my home town and began to learn through other teachers. I started my own consulting business and a year later ended up back in the corporate scene. I took my 200-hour teacher training in 2017 and started teaching at my home studio.

That next winter I took a new job… at a big company. And had a really big role. I knew at the time, I probably shouldn’t have taken the job, but what was I going to do? I had yoga to teach on the weekends, hosted women’s retreats three times a year, traveled internationally every month and had a big job to keep up with. But what I had learned in my teacher training was the Yamas and niyamas. The 8 limbs of yoga. How we treat ourselves and how we treat others. And the conflict of what I believed now and how that was challenged in the corporate world was starting become too great to ignore.

18 months later, I am now the new owner of my home studio. I learned in those 18 months my purpose here is to teach. To teach others about the power they hold within themselves. To provide space for women to come together, practice yoga and self-healing techniques and connect back to their inner self. So now, I get to share this beautiful journey of life, with some amazing yogis, teachers, and friends. We have big things planned for Castle Rock and I truly believe that when you let the journey take you where it needs to, the end result is one beautiful story. I am truly honored to have been led here.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No journey is ever smooth! My biggest obstacles have been within myself. Not trusting that I knew the answer or believing something someone else said rather than what I knew to be true. I’ve been given a lot of challenging individuals to work with that really pushed me to my limit. But in the end, taught me how to stand up for myself and walk away from things are no longer serving me. I have learned I don’t have to stay because it’s “secure.” I can’t control people, or outcomes or how someone feels. I can only control how I choose to respond, and in that response, hopefully, it’s done out of love.

What do you do? What do you specialize in?
I own a local yoga studio in Castle Rock, CO called Buka Yoga (previously Ashva Yoga). We are a group of teachers who focus on the connection to mind, body, and spirit. We teach a variety of classes and offer a host of workshops for students. Many of our teachers own small businesses of their own across Castle Rock and provide a range of holistic services. We provide yoga, breathwork, and cycle classes.

I host women’s retreats across Colorado three times a year where we come together for a weekend to relax, practice and learn self-care techniques. I teach Hatha, Restorative, Yoga Nidra and Vinyasa classes and partner with others to share their passion through food, sound, and breathwork. I also have completed my foundation level 1 Ayurveda training…I have learned so much about the power of food, stress and environmental changes and how it affects our body and nervous system.

I also own a small consulting business, helping organizations with their HR and Talent needs.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I believe I’ve been at the right place at the right time, almost every time I’ve made a change. I have never had a vision or plan for where I wanted to end up, because I have learned the power of being in the moment, setting your intention for what you want your life to become and then letting the universe help set the direction. I’ve had a lot of great opportunities in my life… none of which I actively pursued. Many of them came organically through the power of connection with others and believing anything is possible. Rather than telling myself, I had to be a certain way or a certain role, I’ve allowed life to evolve. Call it luck if you’d like, but I like to think of it as the power of intention.

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Jen Shoutta @LoveTheSkinYouAreInYoga, Christine Malmborg @dragonflypaddleyoga

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