honouring five years of the whole way

honouring five years of the whole way

today is the 5 year anniversary of the studio’s opening.

it is with a warm heart, a smile on my face, and a pervasive sense of contentment and peace that i write this post, the first of five over the next five months.

the top 5 things i love most about the studio:

ONE  i love that it came into being by way of an organic process, growing out of my passion to serve in the fitness field and your desire to have more of what i provide.

six years ago, i was content with providing private personal training services in a number of locations, offering a few classes each week as a self-employed instructor in stratford, and working part-time for a local gym.

the folks of stratford wanted more. and consistently insisted! and so, fairly spontaneously, and in a head over heels giddy haste, the whole way was conceived and birthed.

it was YOU who nudged and nurtured, concocted and cajoled, massaged and breathed life into the studio.

i am so very grateful to YOU for that.

urbeautiful(as an aside, i ended up teaching the stratford classes — yoga, jazzercise, and kettlebell —  when i was specifically recruited by stratford rec to teach yoga. there were no yoga instructors at that time willing to teach classes in stratford. hard to imagine that now when, in 6ish short years, there are more yoga studios, yoga classes, and yoga instructors than you can shake your down dog at! it is glorious!)

TWO  i love how the studio has opened up so many fresh and wonderful and unanticipated opportunities. i have been touched by the lives of so many of YOU in all sorts of circumstances. i have learned so much from YOU and received untold gifts in the spaces where our lives have met.

class participants in the studio, personal training clients in their homes and in the studio, high school students in Wellington, seniors classes for the city of charlottetown, lunch and learns in a variety of locations, kettlebell classes at upei, a partnership bootcamp in victoria park, mindfulness work with graduate program students in halifax, on-line clients and challenge groups, charitable fitness events, tweet ups, cbc radio and television gigs, social media training, nursing home classes, joining the kbell training academy team, working with the fine folks of lebert training systems, workshops in a few provinces, becoming an associate of fitness kickboxing canada inc.. it just goes on and on.

so many of YOU. thank YOU.

urawesomeTHREE   all of the tasks, big and small — even the minutiae, or perhaps especially the minutiae — of making the studio work for YOU.

you know, the towel service, especially when i can hang them on the line to dry, and when they come cold and refreshing out of the fridge after a hot summer sweatfest. thinking about your feet on the floor, finding the earth and grounding for strength, as i mop. i am happy to make your space clean and inviting.

homemade treats, coconut water,  earth friendly homemade cleaners and handsoap, and no plastic  bottled water but nice filtered water.

creating personal training programs, designing classes which flow and work, sharing kind thoughts and daily intentions in yoga, building workshops, filling the whole way’s facebook business page with of-interest posts and common sense and small aha’s, teaching classes, donating time to good causes, feeling my way through new endeavours,  coaching peronal training clients, sharing early (early!) mornings with strong, loving spirits, purchasing new equipment to offer you greater challenge, upgrading my skills and knowledge in order to bring the best of both to the studio.

the space is about You and for You.  i am honoured and humbled by your presence there.

FOUR  the warm, friendly, accepting, fun-loving social space YOU have created.

the chatter in the stairwell as you arrive and as you leave, the conversations that thread throughout your time in the studio and carry forward to the next time.  the laughs — oh, so many big belly laughs, giggle fits, guffaws, smirks, smiling eyes, fond grins. hugs. and cheers.  shared joys and challenges. vulnerabilities handed to soft, caring hearts. long hours in the parking lot.

friendships that grow so big they fill the studio and flow beyond, into so much more.  shared recipes, restaurant reviews, physiotherapist recommendations, book suggestions. vacation trip anticipations and report-backs, farmers market waves, tea dates, spontaneous gifting, shared rides, tears, facebook posts and messages, tweets, and high fives.

always, ALWAYS, mutual support, encouragement, respect, inclusiveness. sometimes, a wee bit of loving kettlebell weight shaming.

the studio has become a welcoming, safe, comfortable space to find your strong and share your journey.

FIVE    simply YOU. each and every one of YOU.

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