For now ~
Gone are chilled towels and essential oils
Replaced by hand sanitizer and thermal scans
Gone is the focus on breath with ease and grace
Replaced by face masks and gloves
Sweaty, crowded classes, we used to love them
Now that sounds like a living nightmare
Ironically, shockingly and totally on brand…
One of the things I miss the most ~
Folding the sweat towels
The color of your whole life can unfold
Within terry cloth corners
Fold, fold, stack
With intimate madness
With cosmic relatives
The tales you tell
The stories you hear
The precious moments of vulnerability and connectivity
That you discover
The whole world would benefit from that in this moment
The sweetest moments with the kindest students anyone can ever fathom
Mere human words cannot possibly represent the myriad of hearts, smiles, kind gestures, tender thoughts and sentiments known amongst us all in the community we built, nurtured, rooted and groomed
Tears, laughter, the softest light, the ethereal dark, moments of flight, adventures of melt, all the things life is meant to be
Will live forever in our hearts
And linger in each breath
Incense, incense, and more incense
Hands on assists (cringe)
Rain on a copper roof
Sunsets that set your soul on fire
And the studio ablaze
In all the ways
And ice cold water
Hearts that hold a net for a lifetime
On a 2 by 6 foot mat of rubber
And maybe sometimes, those damn fuzzy blankets...
I opened my first studio (not as the owner, as the manager) in 2010
And now, 10 years later, I close my last
At least for now. Just the physical location, mind you
We are now and will be online with classes
As for the physical location,
There are just too many risks to reopen with integrity.
This is the move required of the courage within me.
This is my next right step that you've come to expect of me.
One third of our teaching staff is pregnant, which I love and - it makes things higher risk.
Our clientele skew older, which I love and - it makes things higher risk.
The building is older and there are two major clog spots that would make safe social distancing really difficult, if not impossible at times.
The requirements in reduced capacity severely handicap the business and my ability to meet the revenue required to justify the space.
Add in the additional costs for enhanced, deeper and more frequent cleaning, thermal scans, online classes and the upside down financial picture becomes further complete...
So here we are
Through tears, we smile
After hosting Rodney Yee & Colleen Saidman Yee of NYC many times over
After hosting Seane Corn
And Jen Pastiloff
After training 100 + yoga students to become yoga teachers
After so many yogi babies coming into our tribe
As always, I will stay open to whatever the next chapter may bring
And yes, in the meantime, I will continue to create classes and courses online.
From the place of healing, warmth and joy within me
My offering to you
And to the collective energy
Life has changed in a fundamental way
Some things really needed/still need to shift
As we are all living in this moment of unrest and protest
And illness and sickness
Some things, the way they were, we will always miss
Grief is natural right now and to be expected
Some things need a stark overhaul
Prayers we are strong enough to do the work, to heal
For my part, I will continue to share a sanctuary
My heart so very
Raw, open and real
The truth within me revealed
Much love, my yogis.
“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.― Arundhati Roy