MILFORD – Traci Weber’s path to becoming the author of a book on yoga began as a text message from one of her students.
The student recently had a publisher called. founded [f]Empowerment press and asked if Weber would be interested in writing a book about her yoga class.
“She asked if I wanted to put the 30-day challenge that I had offered my students into a book,” said Weber. “I sent her a text back and said, ‘Yeah, let’s do this.”
Weber, a Milford resident, has just published her first book, Reclaim Your Wild.
“In my wildest dreams I never thought that I would one day write a book. I still feel this imposter syndrome, ”said Weber. “I am humble and in awe that this is. I am very proud of it and also a little surprised that I succeeded. “
Weber said the book included one yoga pose for each day, instructions on how to perform the pose, and a picture of her performing the pose. It also lets the reader know which chakras (body energy centers) the post is targeting and gives the reader a daily task. She said that the yoga poses are available to all practitioners and there are ways to change the poses.
“I think now, after COVID, this book is fundamental to people for a lot of reasons, and one of those reasons is to get people outside,” Weber said. “Here there are chores like a hike you’ve never been before, take a moon bath, go to a drum circle, soak an outdoor foot ritual.”
The book is a 30-day journey to help women return to their true wild nature, Weber said.
“Women were pigeonholed in society,” she said. “This is a kind of guide that helps women return to who they really are.”
The book took over a year to produce, but Weber said she had been working on the project for a lot longer. She said she had actually worked on it since she was 12, though she didn’t know it herself at the time.
“When I was 12 I found a book by Richard Hittleman and it literally saved my life,” Weber said. “I had a difficult childhood and his book gave me the tools to navigate my childhood.”
Years later, in 2014, Weber said she had decided to begin training as a yoga teacher and learn more about her philosophy.
“I didn’t think I was going to be a teacher and I had no idea what to do,” she said.
After graduating, Weber decided to start her own yoga company called WalkAboutYoga. Then COVID-19 struck and everything was shut down, she said.
“I took a camping trip to Virginia on my own and rode my bike around asking the universe how I could do the things I love,” she said. “How can I help women? How can I practice yoga? How can I be in nature and do all these things and make a living? “
When she returned to her tent, Weber said she saw she had received the fateful text message asking her to write a book based on the 30-day challenge she gave her students three years earlier had asked.
When Weber wrote the book to help others, she said it helped her too.
“This book taught me that if someone like me can make a dream come true, anyone can,” she said. “This book also helped me remember some things from my past that I couldn’t remember. Some of them were really great, powerful things like teachers that I remembered and others were kind of hurtful and traumatic. But all of these things helped me create this book. I am grateful for that. “
Weber said that like yoga, the book can be a daily exercise for people to begin with.
“You can say at the end of this book, ‘Yes, I feel a little better, but maybe I’ll do this a few more times and keep growing,'” she said. “You can take on the challenges as often as you want.”
Realistically, Weber said, people would not finish reading the book and find that they have transformed into their wild, primal selves.
“It’s a continuous thing because society will come back and say, ‘No, 9-5, hit the clock. Or society comes back and says, “You can’t wear your hair like that” or “You can’t dress like that”. So in a way this is a guide for life. “
Ultimately, Weber said she hoped her book would give other women what Hittleman’s book gave her.
“His book really helped a 12 year old girl do a lot of things, and that’s what I want to be for people,” she said. “I just want to share the gifts of yoga with people to help them improve their lives, understand themselves better, and be more comfortable with themselves. My goal is for yoga to help other women as it has helped me. “