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It’s nice to think that each person has had at least some one who touched their life in a way to inspire their growth: a teacher, a parent, a friend. It’s also nice to think that every one has had somewhere that they felt safe, secure… able to rest and renew.
I’ve been lucky to have a few of each. As a child, I loved climbing up and hanging out in my big backyard tree or stowing away inside a honeysuckle bush that was the PERFECT hideaway. As an adult, I found solace with Yoga. I was fortunate to meet an amazing teacher and to share space with a group of kind-hearted people.
Although I didn’t start a systemized Yoga practice until 1997, I feel like I’ve always been a “yogi” at heart. I remember feeling “finally at home” in those first yoga classes. I felt incredibly grateful to settle into a dedicated group of practitioners that held space together in this tiny little yog...
For a long time now, yoga has been my sacred time and Shine has been my sacred place. Both the practice and the place creating space for me to connect more deeply to the spirit of my heart and the spirit that makes it easier to connect with others and to enjoy my life.
When I learned that Shine might close two years ago, I felt like I was actually about to lose a part of myself. The opportunity for me to keep it going presented itself, but as much as I loved Shine, I was doubtful and scared to be the one to hold the space. I explored my options and when I couldn’t find a better solution, I decided to step forward on the path that was unfolding before me.
Of course, it wasn’t just me working to keep Shine going strong. I felt supported by the community, and by a force of spirit that truly was palpable throughout the process as problems arose and seemed to graceful...