Our third studio anniversary came and went quietly this year. Perhaps fitting to the time of year, this milestone felt more suited to reflection and contemplation, than it did to wild celebration (although the passing of three happy years of sharing Yoga with our community is certainly something to celebrate!).
I was away on a Yoga retreat for the days surrounding our anniversary, a retreat that was themed around Remembrance and Reclaiming Your Sacred Nature with the beautiful and eloquent Natalie Rousseau. How fitting!
So many happy memories and events have taken place within those studio walls over the past few years! Lots of laughter, learning and even a few tears have been shed. In every sense, the studio has become a sacred space; a place where this joyful and diverse spiritual community can come together to practice. You can feel it seep into you as you enter, see if reflected in the faces of those who practice here.
To those of you who came in these doors almost as soon as the ‘welcome’ sign was hung, thank you for establishing yourselves as our foundation, with your dedication and commitment to practice, your continued efforts to learn and grow, and the joy you infuse into these wall with each and every breath. For those of you that have more recently found us, welcome! You have found a place that will embrace and nurture you and will continue to grow right alongside you. All of you have become the community of my heart!
In deepest gratitude, I must highlight our Lahari teaching team. There really are no words to describe the commitment and passion these ladies have for Yoga (and Pilates), for their craft. They are fierce in their devotion to all of you and the studio itself! I wish there was a way I could share with you how much effort and time they each put into continuing their own Yoga education and training, developing their class plans, and behind-the-scenes studio goings on. These studio Goddesses are the heart and spirit of Lahari.
Somehow it all comes together in this sacred alchemy of energy that has sustained itself for three years and I look forward to seeing what the next year has in store!
Over the past few months I have been listening to all of you, to our teachers and to the whispering in my own heart for guidance as to the direction the studio might take as we move into 2016. With that thought in mind, I would like to ask each of you – as we continue to grow and evolve, in what ways can we better serve our Yoga community? What programs would you like to see and perhaps take part in? Also, how can we give back to our greater Delta-Surrey community overall? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the studio – I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!
Happy Anniversary and Namaste,