Happy March and Happy 9th Birthday to Yoga Blend! I have just arrived in Lenox, Massachusetts for the graduation of a year long training in Positive Psychology and I am very much looking forward to finally having some time to integrate and organize all that I have learned so I can bring the science of what makes us happier to Yoga Blend!
If it weren’t for this very significant and required part of my training, I would definitely be at Yoga Blend this week to celebrate the anniversary of the place so many of us call our yoga home. I cannot believe it has been 9 years. On the one hand it feels we just opened and on the other, it is almost hard to remember my life before Yoga Blend. But I do remember and that is what keeps me motivated to keep at it even when times get tough.
I worked in the corporate world for 10 years, and for 8 of those years, I knew that one day I would open a yoga studio. With encouragement and support from my husband, that one day was March 4th 2005. For me, in opening a yoga business, it was very important that the yoga always come first which I have to admit, can be a huge challenge in the world of business. Especially in LA where there are so many people and everyone is competing to stand out and get ahead.
It took many years, but I was finally able to stop worrying about what everyone else was doing and just follow my heart. To trust that I am enough. To trust that people will come to Yoga Blend because we offer something that people want and something that makes them feel better, not because we are the hippest, coolest, most popular, cheapest, most expensive, best marketed or because we have the fanciest decor. To trust that practicing yoga on and off the mat and wanting to share it with other people is good enough. That has made all the difference.
So many people I talk to feel they are not enough in some way or another. I have suffered from this feeling for most of my life and it is through my yoga practice and more specifically YOU, showing up day after day, week after week and year after year to Yoga Blend, that have helped me to see that I am enough. And it is my hope through the practice of yoga, that we at Yoga Blend can help you to see that you are enough as well.
Although we are truly enough, it takes practice to remember this truth simply because of the patterns and stories that have been placed upon us pretty much since the time were were born. A yoga practice helps us to shed the layers of who and what others say we should be and do while simply and sweetly, one conscious breath at a time, supporting us in becoming more of who we know ourselves to be and allowing us to let go of that which causes us to feel less than.
I may have started the studio, but you are the ones who keep it going, growing, thriving, loving and breathing…it is our place. So happy birthday to all of us and thank you for allowing Yoga Blend to be in business for the past 9 years. Gratitude doesn’t seem a big enough word to express how I feel about the practice of yoga, about Yoga Blend and about you. From my whole heart…thank you. I look forward to seeing what the next 9 years have in store for us!
With infinite love & gratitude…