It takes so much to run a yoga studio, or any small business for that matter. It takes patience and perseverance. It takes sweat and tears. It takes LOTS of people to keep it going. I would like to thank my family, Dean, Rachel, and Trevor for their patience with me as I have tried to grow a small business that made no financial $ense whatsoever, but all the sense in the world, spiritually. I would like to thank all of the teachers who made our 10-year celebration possible, and this includes some that are no longer teaching at the studio, but nonetheless were part of its creation at some point.
Thank you, Patricia Jacobs for the love you give to your students and for the myriad things you do to keep the studio running: promotion, event organization, and so much more. We would not still be here without you. Patty does all that she does for the studio on top of a full time job and the care and nurturing of so many other people.
Thank you, Pat McKeon, Katie Brodie, Michael Kahn (www.michaelkahn.com) , Margaret Bodine, Anne Marie Lysle, Karen McKenica, Cybil Housh, Gwen Fancy, Sarah Martin, Tina Skinner, Mary Garrett, Katie Foltin, Cosmia Weinerth, Kate Simmons, Mitch Goldfarb, and Stacy Walker for your gifts of teaching and for all you do for the studio.
Thank you to Christine Yurick for her brilliance with studio promotion. For those of you who have not yet been to one of her many fundraisers for the studio in which she shares her love of healthful food and cooking, snag the opportunity when one comes up! Along with her many creative talents, she is an amazing yogini and cook.
All of these teachers go above and beyond. They clean; they do paperwork that needs done. They cheerlead, make flyers, offer workshops, do private lessons for Unite for HER (www.uniteforHER.org),present yoga at community events, AND they teach great yoga classes outside of the fact that almost all of them also have full time jobs. How fortunate we are to have them all at TLW.
Thank you to Susan Weldon, founder of Unite for HER, for what you have done and continue to do for so many people, and for trusting TLW to support that in so many ways.
Thank you to our amazing accountant, Michele Cyron (Cyron CPA) for numerous rescues.
Thank you to Sal Testa for renting us this lovely space. Thank you to the lovely family (Eddie, Jasmine, Dior, Chloe, Bella and Hannah) above our space for your patience with the sounds from below (AAAAAAUUUUUUUMMMMMMMM).
Thank you to A.G. and Indra Mohan for your recent inspiration and guidance and thank you to Therese Jornlin for the same. Thank you to the many amazing teachers I have been privileged to study with: A. G. and Indra Mohan, Richard Freeman, Tim Miller, Beryl Bender-Birch, David Swenson, Jon Kabat-Zinn, to name a few.
Thank you, Carol Murray, Erin McKeon, Kristen Moore, and Shannon Boyd for teaching with us at TLW in the past. Thank you, Seth Botkin for your brief teaching stint before moving and for your inspiration. Thank you, Robyn and Quinn Botkin for the same. We miss you all and wish you the best.
Lastly, thank you to all of the students who attend classes, teacher trainings and workshops and purchase the fair trade products we offer at the studio. Without this support, we cannot continue to operate, of course. We are delighted to continue to teach you and to learn from you.
In a blog I posted last year, I included a part of the research on Community that one of our former teachers, Seth Botkin (who now lives in Kauai) did for his 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. I will end this post with it:
Yoga and Community Part I
Yoga is a state of consciousness in which mind, body, and spirit are unified.
Community can be defined as “a group of two or more people who, regardless of the diversity of their backgrounds, have been able to accept and transcend their differences. They are able to communicate openly and effectively; and to work together toward common goals, while having a sense of unusual safety with one another.” From http://fce-community.org/
One of the assignments that each yoga teacher in training at The Light Within Yoga Studio must complete in the process of his or her 200 hours of study is a yoga-related project to be shared with the group. In this year’s training, Seth Botkin offered a beautiful glimpse into the power of our humble little yoga community:
“Shortly after I started coming to the studio (The Light Within) I realized that there was a direct connection between yoga and the work that I have done over the last ten years or so in self-exploration in relation to community and community leadership. It is my core belief that it is through community and our relationship with others that we grow and thrive as individuals. Yet I have found a nearly inexplicable relationship between the work I have done around community and my newfound love of yoga. Yoga is allowing me to grow from the inside out and leading me to a new level of non-judgment of self and of others and a letting go of ego.”
Seth’s presentation brought tears to the eyes of all of us who were there to hear it. Thank you, Seth, for affirming what we all feel in our hearts when we practice together at TLW.
People come to this practice of yoga from diverse backgrounds and for a multitude of reasons. It is pure joy to witness and experience what we (the teachers and students) all create there: safe (and sacred) space for love and acceptance to grow within ourselves and each other.
Thank you to all of you who are a part of this commUNITY.
With love and light,