December Newsletter: Exciting New Year Changes!

Dear Friends, 

The New Year approaches, with some new plans in store!  I’m very happy and excited to share with you that, through much conversation, brainstorming, and discernment, our Board of Directors has determined that managing this non-profit yoga studio is not a one-(wo)man job.   

Starting January 1st, I will be joined in leadership by three other compassionate and skilled teachers: Lori Goodwin, Kevin Ruby and Vania Kent Harber.  Together, we four Co-Directors will jointly manage the studio, spearhead fundraising, build our outreach programs, and teach a number of drop-in classes.  This re-design is occurring with the intention of long-term sustainability and organizational health; having an internal structure in alignment with our values of cooperation and mutual empowerment and the original vision of shared leadership; to continue to refine how we serve our mission and our community; and to be a model of right-livelihood for our teachers and staff. 

Due to this consolidation, a few of our teachers will no longer be on the regular drop-in schedule.  You can expect to see many of those teachers still active leading workshop and special series.  Almost all current classes will still remain on the schedule, and there will also be a couple of additions, such as a Sunrise Class and Yoga for Healing.  You can check out the full 2016 schedule here

Otherwise, the only visible changes will be to our physical space—as mentioned last month, we’ll be closed for the week between Christmas and New Years in order to give staff some much-needed down-time, and so we can do some studio improvements.  (See complete details of the holiday closures on our schedule).    The sum total will be that things will run more smoothly (and I myself will be LOT more sane!)!   In the big picture way, we intend that these changes will help us to better serve our mission and vision, revised as follows: 

To empower people of all incomes and abilities towards lives of joy, peace and purpose through the love, connection, and mutual healing that yoga inspires. 

I am so thrilled to be bringing more minds, hearts and hands on board in the decision-making, outreach, and collaborative leadership of this wild and beautiful organism, that has always been nurtured, loved and sustained by many! 

With gratitude and joyful anticipation,