for love of you and yoga

Most people reading this say, “a sign, ok, not a big deal”, but I beg to differ.  Ask any small business owner nowadays, and it is tight.  When Covid hit is 2020, even though I was live streaming, and learning new technology, I had some free time to make a channel letter sign.  I got quotes from other businesses, and it was looking like the sign I wanted to have would cost above $10 grand.  That number was not in my budget.  My intention for Anahata is to keep my costs down, so that more people can practice yoga.  So I decided to make it myself.  There was no instructions on youtube that were helpful, and one sign company sold me the material, and basically, said, “Good luck!!”.  Nevertheless that didn’t stop me from trying.

Each letter first had to be cut out of wood, painted, and then this curvy tin was molded around each curve of the letter.  The channel letter signs you see from other businesses were made in a factory, with a computer doing the crimping and molding that is making the letters.  I made do with what I had;  which was some metal tools, and my own 2 hands.  Each letter probably had to be molded 3 times, because the final letter didn’t make the cut.  Sometimes, you would get far into the molding, and realize that the acrylic part of the channel letter would not fit on the metal.  So the actual sign took me years, and that is another reason they are expensive, they are labor intensive.  Over this summer, Tom, and Jake, and myself, hoisted it up on a French clever on the building, which again, was no small feat.  (by now it was quite heavy).  Another month went by, and Jake came and hooked it up to electric , where now it stands, quite proudly, announcing that you are entering Anahata!!

Your yoga practice is just like making a sign.  Sometimes, you are going to get frustrated, and want to quit.  Often, you are going to have to throw everything you know out of the door, and start over from scratch.  But, one day, you are going to get there.  Your body will be full of light, so you can help others find their light.  It is like crawling up the mountain, failing, getting back up, and starting over.  When you believe you can reach the summit, you won’t want to quit when the going gets tough.  You humbly get back on your mat, and change your practice, which will change YOU.  

Regular Yoga Practice is not for the faint of heart.  It takes dule diligence, persistence, and a humble heart letting your ego go.  But, every minute of every practice is worth it.  Even if you slide down the mountain. (more of the ego letting go). Sometimes poses are super easy, other day’s your body is tight, and feels like tin man!  But don’t give up.  Don’t lose hope.  Find someone who knows how yoga really works, and can help guide you through the slippery times.

It is SO worth it.

See you on the mat,

Paula

upside down right thinking

A client couldn’t have said it better after aerial class last night. “I feel terrific! all day long I couldn’t shake this funk in my body or my mind; aerial set me free.”

For me, I know full well the joys of inversions. They stimulate you, yet relax you at the same time. I too was feeling an “inversion high”, that you can’t quite get from any other practice. There is something in us, that frees when we truly surrender to the fabric, and TRUST it will hold us as we take our body in different planes. And if that wasn’t enough, we also got into some deep arm binds that I cannot do on my mat. The aerial supports some part of our body, so we can go much deeper into our poses.

Recently, I taught aerial to another teacher who was reluncant to try it again, after a not so great first aerial class she took somewhere else. I know full well how scary it can be, to surrender. We took it slow, introducing her to trust the hammock. And yes, she loved it, and will be back!

Isn’t it time for you to step out of a comfort zone and try something new? Something that really makes you feel alive, and your body sing? We have 2 free aerial classes for open house day. Come and be upside down. Trust. It will be awesome!

See you upside down,

Paula