If you have spoken with me lately about anything yoga related, you have probably heard me say that I have good feelings about 2020, and I’m happy to report that those good feelings are already starting to manifest themselves into awesomeness.
I have been back home in Maine for a little over five years now, and in that time I have had the opportunity to teach in a lot of lovely spaces. Some are still around. Some have closed. Some just didn’t work out (for various reasons). It wasn’t until recently that I finally found a landing place and, I have to say, it feels pretty good to find solid ground. Don’t get me wrong – existing exclusively as a traveling yoga instructor has been AMAZING. The relationships I have cultivated through this journey have helped to reaffirm my love of teaching and kept me motivated to press on with the somewhat daunting task of making a living as a yoga instructor. However, without roots everything felt tenuous – fragile – temporary. Now, with a home base, things are starting to feel more sustainable.
Pause: If you’re reading this and getting that sinking feeling that I’m going to abandon any of my communities (yes, I’m speaking directly to you, Mt. Vernon yogis), you can take a deep breath. I’m not going anywhere. As a matter of fact, the ability to ground myself in my teaching career greater ensures that we will be able to continue building our community for years to come.
With a home for my business, I can:
- Have a stable schedule
- Offer additional workshops/trainings/etc. (because I have space!)
- Finally think about the logistics of a yoga retreat
- Market in a more robust fashion
- Grow our community
It’s that last bullet point that is most important to me. Maine is a big state geographically, but we are small in numbers and I think there is a great need for us to feel more connected. I see yoga as a wonderful tool to make that happen.
If you’re wondering what took me so long to get to this point … well … I just hadn’t found the right space (physically and energetically). Sounds pretty simple, but that’s just the truth of it. It has taken these years of traveling and experimentation, an abundance of patience, and sheer determination to arrive here. Now, I am not a big endorser of products, but a big “thank you” to Mantraband for providing me with my wearable mantra for the next decade: “she believed she could, so she did”.
What comes next? As of now, there are no big changes to report. I’ll be nesting in my new home within the sanctuary that is Sacred Core in downtown Bangor. We are working on improvements to the yoga space and exploring ways to collaborate and support one another. I’ll be playing with some new class times and surveying students about what is wanted/needed in terms of offerings. Along those lines, if you feel inspired to make your voice heard, you can speak with me in person, send an email, or reach out in any other way that works for you.
If you’re curious to explore, you can join us at our Open House on January 25th from 10am-3pm at 139 State Street, Bangor, Maine.