This vibrant fall season has energy and a feeling of abundance and beauty in the air. As many of you know, when I founded Yogis, it began as a one on one, individualized practice that I would lead in homes, offices, and outdoor spaces. I then created a more permanent yoga space in my home and our practice expanded to a full, regular schedule, with larger classes; that was ten years ago. Since that time, we, all of us together, have built a beautiful community of yoga. We have shared yoga with the community at large, cultivating our practice and teaching experience with all who cared to join. We have changed locations, offered retreats from the beauty of the Willamette Valley to the Oregon Coast to the mountains of Switzerland. I have trained many teachers who continue to share yoga in our community and we have welcomed teachers arriving from afar. The studio has always been the highest standard of safety and exploration of yoga while creating an atmosphere accessible to anyone and everyone that would want to practice yoga. As teachers, we have grown because of your continued practice. Your support has helped us thrive, change, grow, become, and be who we are.
Yoga is adaptability and flexibility, the very sentiments and ideas which we repeat each week in class, on the mat. After more than 15 years of teaching and 25 years of practice, for me, yoga is still at its core, the Breath...a shared experience between teacher and student. Yoga is the Heart, the calming of the mind, the letting go of past and prediction of future; yoga is experiencing the present in its fullest.
December will see a change at Yogi's, a transformation. The final day of open classes will be Friday, December 19th. In the New Year, I will continue teaching in the format in which I began of small group and individualized instruction in private settings. This yoga offers the dimension of enriching and deepening your practice in the holistic heart health aspect created by the original sages. Additionally, I will be offering a series of retreats and "pop-up" yoga classes in which we practice together in newly discovered spaces and have the opportunity to celebrate seasonal changes together as a larger group. We will announce our first retreat in the New Year.
Ultimately, I myself, as well as the other teachers, would like to express how grateful we are for you, our many students. Thank you to those who have supported us through location changes, teachers changes, class changes, through change... Gratitude. Many of you have painted walls, moved props, delivered homemade soups when teachers and other students were sick, fixed things, hung fixtures, celebrated with us, so many little things that everybody has done. In many ways Yogis has become family, an anchor, a home, a place where we can express our joys, sorrows, heartfelt emotion, and genuine loving kindness; more than any pose, this is the essence of yoga and together we have fulfilled this experience.