A Thank you.
A year ago I embarked on a journey. I had been a nurse for 10 years, and for many reasons went part-time and started teaching yoga to supplement my income. I had been teaching yoga for free for several years and never saw it as a way to sustain my life. I taught yoga because I believed in giving back to people what yoga gave to me. It was healing and transformative.
But on this new yoga journey, I began to work privately with people with complicated challenges like scoliosis, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. I was able to combine my years of nursing knowledge with yoga. I saw a need to continue this and rented a small space in the Chase Park Warehouses and began offering 6 people Therapeutic Yoga classes. It was awesome. People that thought yoga had always been inaccessible saw that they were able to do it too!
After doing this for a few months, I received a call from one of the owners of the current studio by the Tree Room saying they had it for rent and thought it might make a good yoga studio space and asked if I would like to look at it. At this point I was teaching at my small space and 4 other studios. I had stopped working as a nurse all together and was making enough money to feel secure. I had no aspirations of opening a larger studio.
But then there was the Tree Room space. As soon as I walked in I knew I was going to be there. It was a very tough and terrifying decision. This is where my partner, Matt, offered to be become an owner. At first I was like, “ummm no thanks. I am good.” But eventually knew his expertise would be so amazing and honestly, I was scared. I had never run a business before and still was coming to terms with monetizing teaching yoga in general. Well, you see what happened.
The Athens community received us with open arms. From the unbelievable yoga instructors who started with us and believed in us, to the students who have been the most inspiring part of my everyday. I can’t begin to describe the gratitude I have for these two groups of people.
Within less than a year we blasted through projected attendance, launched a 200 hour and 300 hour advanced yoga teacher training, were named Flagpole Favorites, went from offering 32 classes a week to over 50 and encountered some of the best people I have ever met in my life.
With the continuous increase in attendance and the upcoming trainings, Matt and I began to look at other spaces. And once again, after everything we looked at, we landed a space we knew was right in the Chase Park Warehouses. It felt right to grow from where we were planted. So we began build-out of a new 2,400 square foot facility. We’re so excited to share it with you on June 9!
This process hasn’t always been easy. At times it is terrifying. But mostly it is so wonderful to be able to serve people, to offer yoga to EVERY body, to believe in something and others, to be supported and received and to give love to our students.
On the cusp (1 week away) of opening the second studio, I feel nervous and determined, but mostly I feel an immense sense of gratitude. I couldn’t have done it without the amazing teachers, my partner Matt, a lot of help, and mostly you Athens. Without you all, M3Yoga wouldn’t have come to life. Thank you for trusting and believing in us. I am so humbled and full of life because of you.
In Love, Light & Bracelets,