I began teaching yoga part-time soon after college. It was definitely a life-line for me: it was something I loved to do and it helped give me inspiration after long hours at my day-job. When I was able to make yoga my day-job, I jumped at the chance. Twenty years and many downward dogs later, it is time to step it up even more.
Recently, I found out that my friend and colleague Kathy Donnelly was interested in retiring and wanted to sell her yoga studio, the Yoga Center of Columbia. I have known Kathy for 21 years, ever since we met at Yoga Teacher Training. Kathy has such a nurturing and compassionate energy that even before I knew her, I knew I wanted to be her friend. She has brought that nurturing, compassionate spirit to the Yoga Center of Columbia for two decades now and I have been a direct beneficiary of her amazing presence by teaching at YCC for the past eight years.
That is why I am over the moon to be able to announce that I will be stepping into her role as Director/Owner of YCC this summer! I plan to continue to foster everything that she has built. When Kathy and I talked about her semi-retirement, because she will still be teaching at YCC, we both agreed that the Yoga Center community is larger than either one of us. Every student, every teacher, and each staff person are all key to making the world a better place. That is what YCC does, it makes the world just a little brighter, a little more joyful each day with each person that passes through its doors. That is what the practice of yoga does too; when one person feels a little more grateful or a little more joyful, it makes the world a better place.
The Sufi poet Rumi once said “Respond to every call that excites your spirit,” and supporting students and teachers who want to practice yoga does that for me. I plan to maintain my current yoga teaching schedule, so you as a student will not even notice the transition. And, YCC will continue to offer the same great yoga, meditation, pilates, and qi gong that has always been there.
If you have not yet been to YCC, I cordially invite you to drop by! And, in a few months you may look forward to some visual changes around the studio as well as the return of the retail store. I look forward to deepening my relationship with each one of you as we move ahead in the practice of yoga together. What excites your spirit? Each of these mind-body practices have so much potential to shift our collective awareness into a more loving place. It is a grassroots effort, from the ground up, one person at a time, and I look forward to growing with you.