2013 has been the year of community. I have watched Live Well grow and coalesce as more than ‘just a yoga studio.’ We come together for camaraderie, joy, laughter, and for tears, frustration and grief. We are building and growing traditions together: from Tuesday Tea and 2nd Thursday dinners to retreats and teacher training. Our lives and our stories yoke us together into to community. The word yoke evolved from the Sanskrit word yuj, which is also the root of the word Yoga. Our community is a direct manifestation of our yoga.
My dream is that Live Well offers yoga to everyone, regardless of financial circumstances. Yoga has been such a powerful tool of transformation in my life. It has helped me to recover from ptsd, disordered eating, a severe back injury, and many small and various mental, spiritual and physical ills. I believe many of those who could most benefit from yoga are also the least able to afford yoga. So, I am very excited that we will be starting a Yoga Scholarship program in 2014. The first priority for our scholarships will be to help those with joint medical and financial needs who would benefit from private yoga instruction. Once those needs are met, we will expand the program to help clients whose financial circumstances exclude them from participating in yoga. All proceeds from the first class in Angie’s new series “Rhythm of Shakti” will be a fundraiser for the scholarship program. Look for more details soon.
In 2014 we will also expand our suite of community yoga classes to include a Monday Meditation class, from 9-9:40am. Lisa will guide this practice with teaching on meditation technique and yogic philosophy followed by silent meditation. Teen Tribal Fusion with Antigone will return on Tuesday afternoons, 4-5pm. Community classes are offered free, by donation or at a minimal fee, and no one is turned away for lack of funds. Our community classes include $5 Community Yoga, Free Teen Yoga, Chair Yoga, and Adaptive YoPi. If you know someone who would like to attend yoga but is unable due to financial circumstances, please have them talk to Lisa and I will try to direct them to the class best suited to their needs.
We are blessed by your presence in our lives and your participation in our community. May our community continue to blossom and grow in 2014.
Happy New Year!