When I signed up for teacher training I hoped to own a yoga studio one day. I did not expect it to happen right away. I planned to keep teaching high school mathematics and teach yoga part time; maybe twice a week. I hoped to slowly transition into teaching yoga full time so that I did not experience any undue financial strain.
God or life or the universe, whatever you believe in, had other plans for me. I lost my job and could not seem to find another teaching job or another “regular” job. I accepted that it was time to pursue my dream and become a yoga teacher. I contacted some resorts and gyms to see if I could teach there. Progress was slow and I decided to visit a family friend who is an acupuncturist, among other things. I was simply hoping he could give me advice on places where I could market my services. Instead he offered me use of his building for my studio.
The garden level of the building has a very large meeting room that is now my studio. It is also used by a naturopath occasionally. The top two levels are lovely apartments used as vacation and short term rentals. I think this is awesome because I will be able to host lovely yoga retreats as things pick up. The rooftop is a lovely garden where I can also have yoga class when its not too hot. I dream of moonlit yoga classes on the roof top. The yard is exquisite with a large lawn and lots of tropical plants. The entire property is a tropical oasis.
I feel so blessed to be able to use this space to bring yoga to my little rural community on my small island home. After looking at the space I decided on a color scheme, fuchsia and cream, and began decorating. I started with curtains for the windows and did a fabric wrap around the column. My best friend bought wall decals and electronic tea lights. I added a wall diffuser, my framed teacher training certificate, framed studio rules, potted plants, a zen doormat and a white board. and we were ready to open. For the opening we added balloons and streamers and waited for the people to come.
The opening was set for 4-7pm on a Wednesday evening. I was hoping people would stop by after work, ask any questions they may have and enjoy the free class that evening. The place was beautiful, there were healthy snacks for the patrons. Everything was in place. We waited and waited.
Eventually one person did show up. She won the prize of a free month of classes by being the only person signed up for the raffle. I was not disappointed. I believe that people will come. Since then a few people have come to classes. I am sure many more people will be coming after the holidays. I look forward to many awesome classes in the space. I also teach at one resort on the west coast of the island as well as a gym in the north of the island. I am very happy to be living the dream. It’s not as I planned it, but it many ways it is so much better. I am so grateful.
What do you think of the space? What dreams have come true for you?