One year ago to date, Rise Yoga held it's very first class at our original location inside of S&L Fitness. I didn't plan anything extravagant for our 1st Birthday partly because I wasn't sure if I should wait until the one year anniversary of our new space and partly because....well I admittedly still downplay it all.
One of my goals of 2018 is to cultivate a deeper sense of gratitude for things in my life, the path I am on, and the journey thus far. I am the type of person who is always pursuing the next thing, the next goal, the next milestone (surprised?). My work is to pause more, reflect more. Not even just reflect on the past year, but the past five years, the past 10 years.
Just five years ago I was sitting behind a desk, chained to my chair and phone (well it felt like it), watching the hours pass until 5PM. I knew that was not the reason I was here. I think I knew, possibly without ever articulating it properly, that I was here to serve others. When I enrolled in yoga teacher training it was because I wanted to bring yoga to people who otherwise would have never come across it. I constantly said that, that was my "why."
Fast forward five years and boy do I have to pinch myself. One year in to being a yoga studio owner in my hometown (the one that I said at one point "I would never move back to"). Seeing Rise rise has been nothing short of overwhelming. I have said it before, and will say it again. The presence of this community and the way you keep showing up is astounding.
Just yesterday we had 26 of you show up to our regularly scheduled Sunday Morning class. Some of you were regulars and with us from the beginning, for some of you it was your second time ever on a yoga mat, and for others your first time in our space. It is so telling that this practice is not just wanted, it is needed, for EVERYbody.
I feel so very honored, privileged, and yes, grateful, to hold this space for you. So that you may get quiet, listen, breathe, move, and get back to YOU. The you who you have always been before the world told you who you should be. And little by little, like a ripple in a pond, we will reach more and more of you. And what the world needs is people who know, speak, and act their truth. And I'll let you in on a little secret - your truth, my truth, is simply love.
Happy 1st Birthday to my second baby (my first being my little fluff ball of a pup)!