It’s the month of gratitude and I have a lot to be grateful for. For one, we have so far made it through this pandemic with our sanity intact. Our family has been able to stay healthy both physically and emotionally (although there have certainly been days where I thought the summit was completely out of reach.)
Part of it is shear luck. (There have been some Covid close calls.) Part of it is having an extended family that is cautious yet tight knit enough to celebrate Thanksgiving outside last year (and every other holiday really). Part of it is having access to good medical care, stay at home work options and the ability to homeschool. Still, I sometimes wonder what exactly has kept us going especially on those uphill days.
About a year ago I quit wearing my Garmin (FitBit/Apple watch/Letsfit, whatever your poison :) It occurred to me that I exercised only to achieve an arbitrary goal instead of for the enjoyment it brought me. For the feeling of warmth, strength and power I felt. I never walked simply to enjoy the walk, the flowers, the blue sky. I never stopped to feel my feet on the ground, the breeze on my skin or the sunlight on my face.
It reminds me of a book I’m reading by Thich Nhat Hanh. He talks about doing things just to do them, not to achieve a goal. He says that everything you need you already possess. I read that and thought, “Really? Maybe YOU possess everything you need but not me.” LOL!
It's official. I've been the studio owner for The Yoga Casa for a whole week now. What a wild ride!! Before I opened the studio I spoke with MANY other owners of studios and they all warned me about how hard it was. In fact, they were down right negative. I spoke with owners who were disgruntled, overworked, fed up (one was even in the midst of divorce) and yet, I continued on. Call it stupidity?
I call it perseverance!
Ultimately, they were right. It is so hard. Everything takes 10 times longer than you thought it should. I went through three commercial realtors, probably nine contractors and interviewed loads of teachers. It's rough but when I opened my doors and 27 people walked in to the studio for my first class, well, it was worth it.
One thing I have learned is that help comes out of nowhere. Friends have dedicated time and effort to help me. My family has learned to live without me at dinner (at least for a little while). My mom was the first official TYC floor mopper. I am so grateful for all the help I have received. I certainly would not have been here today without it. And that's why when you come to The Yoga Casa (to take a yoga class, attend a workshop, hang out for happy hour or dedicate yourself to Yoga Teacher Training) you will hear me say not "welcome to my studio" but "welcome to OUR studio."
Everything that is awesome about me salutes everything awesome about you,
Lora (Owner of The Yoga Casa)
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