On Saturday October 1st, I will open the doors of my Yoga Studio - a space that through its creation, was in every facet, just like carrying and birthing a child. For me, the studio is my third.
Just like preparing to conceive, the idea of the studio was a fleeting thought in the back of my mind last fall. As I dove further into my teacher training last year, the idea kept coming back to me, circling, craving my attention. As I went about daily life in my hometown, I noticed a need. Not only for me, but for my community. At some point last winter, I cannot pinpoint exactly when, I jumped in feet first, no turning back. The seed had been planted, and was ready to grow. It could not grow on its own however, it needed a host - it needed me. Human conception is exactly the same, one moment an idea and then reality and your whole world changes.
The plan grew slowly - a space was found, a business plan was created and funding secured.
By the end of June I was entering the third trimester, the time that demands your time and energy full on. The time that demands your blood, sweat and tears and takes you into the heart of an emotional roller coaster. This project was no different. There were many nights spent at the space building walls, putting up and filling drywall and painting - sweat pouring off my brow, blood seeping from cuts, my shins bruised and battered.
There were many days and nights where I became overwhelmed by the incredible amount of work to be done at the space while simultaneously holding down a full time job, raising my children and maintaining a relationship. There were many days where I fell to the floor weeping, wanting to throw in the towel. There were many times I wanted to quit.
But I did not - This project had become so much bigger than the space and myself. I had a vision and a purpose. Because of that, I forged on.
On the other hand, there were many more days that I wanted to cartwheel through the streets and shout it from the rooftops because I am so excited to bring this opportunity to my community.
Just like having and raising a child - this project required community. There are so many people I have to thank for helping this project come together. Too Numerous to name here but you all know who you are. There is no way I could have done this without you!
When all is said and done, this space feels like home. I have found myself thinking and saying that out loud so many times during this process. Every decision I made was directly related to the feel of the space, and I wanted it to feel like Home. I want you to walk into this space and be able to let go of the world at the door. To feel comfortable and free to be creative and inquisitive about you and what you need. In this space, I want you to find what lights you up, I want you to find community, I want you to find wellness and I want you to find yourself.
I want this space to be for you, whatever you need. I want this space to feel like home for you too. A safe space to be yourself and grow.
As you spend time in the space, you may notice an absence of clocks and mirrors in the studio.
My hope for you is that when you are in the space you allow yourself to be free of time constraints and allow yourself to be in the moment, not thinking about what there is to do after your class or massage. It won't be easy, we are hard wired to live by the clock, but over time, it will get easier to let go of the attachment to time and appreciate the time you have devoted to yourself.
There are no mirrors in the studio because this is a space of compassion and lack of judgement, both for yourself and others. At first you will be worried about whether or not you are "doing the pose right". And although there is a "correct" way of expressing each pose, your main goal should be to listen to your body and let the pose be expressed through you in the way that works best for you in that moment. Trust that your body knows what it needs. Your instructor will be there to assist you, but as long as you are not in any danger of hurting yourself, you will be given space to explore and express yourself through yoga.
And there you have it, my third child, my hopes, dreams, and goals for it. I am still sitting on the coach, in stillness, feeling the same as I felt prior to having Bella and Jax. Excited. Terrified. Unprepared. Thankful.
I am feeling a power higher than myself. I am feeling proud and loved, and I am bursting with excitement for you to meet my baby. This is just the start of something amazing. A Tipping point, a shift in vibration, a legacy. And you are the most important part.
Brittany is the Founder and Owner of Yoga Room of Essence. Yoga and Eastern Healing Methods have made a significant impact on her life. Here she will share knowledge, insight and inquiries into these amazing Healing Methods.