Those words did not come to me during meditation, but my friend, Beth, did post that on my fb status one time. I know owning a yoga studio is a lot of work. I was closely involved in the start up of two different studios and I've heard the struggles since day one of teacher training. But here I am opening a studio on my own. I am committed and the lease is signed, so the struggle is about to get real. Even if attendance exceeds my expectations, I am fully prepared to struggle and work my ass off from this point forward.
I worry over responses I've received from others so far, "That's off the beaten path" or "Are you serious, there are to many yoga studios in Louisville". I used to think Louisville had a lot of options, until I took some weekend trips earlier this year. I observed the studios in Nashville and Chicago and connected with local instructors. Of course these cities are bigger, so they are going to have more studios. It wasn't the availability of options, but the vibe that had be longing for that feeling in Louisville. As a yoga teacher who is subcontracted, it's difficult for me to teach in someone elses space and have the freedom to teach however I like. Sequences should be followed, alignment ques have to be delivered a certain way, music needs to be "yoga-ish".
I don't identify myself as a rebel, but I like to break-or-bend the rules. I am free spirited. I respect tradition and recognize that discipline does my body good. But let's be honest, I'm a mom. If I have a free morning, I'm sleeping in. I eat meat, like to shop and I love sports. I listen to mainstream music and my idol is Jennifer Lopez. Sometimes I crave routine and other times I want to change it up. I haven't found a studio that I fit in to 100% and that's ok. Diversity is my jam.
I want to create a studio with that feel. A studio that is not afraid of change and a studio that will evolve. I would have loved to call the studio a "movement studio". I see this place being more than yoga one day. My journey began before I found yoga. My practice has changed over the years and my preferences change week to week. My work is to find the balance.