September 2018

Dear Yogis,

Every September, I feel this little bit of electricity in me. I hear a little whisper. Get going, shed the stuff that's holding you back, be alive, let the magic begin. And I tend to listen. I started my blog in September, which pushed me into wanting to teach yoga. The first Jumpstart I ever did was in September. The first studio I opened ( just me doing privates) was in September. I opened Shine in September (Happy Birthday Yogis). I make big moves in this magic month of transition. 

Almost every time, it was a very big leap of faith. But I knew that I could do it and I knew other people needed what I could give, so I just began. Now, it's not just me. I have eleven amazing teachers working with me and a community of generous, kind students, all interested in making the most out of their lives and buoying the lives of the people around them. This September, along with the normal change in the schedule that we do every season, I'm making a few big changes.

As some of you know, when I first started doing wellness work outside of my career, my idea was that I would help other cancer survivors who were in this place of barely being well. The aftereffect of treatment is a very scary place and I wanted someone to give me the tools to make living not so scary. So, I started figuring out what those tools were and putting them together. I started teaching yoga as part of that vision and our seasonal jumpstarts came from that place as well. But, as I taught more and more people, I realized that it wasn't just cancer survivors who needed help navigating life.

Everyone is carrying something heavy, and we come to yoga to find relief, sanctuary, and help. I want to give that help. Yoga is one heck of a tool, but I want that desire for your best possible life to be with you all the time, not just when you are on the yoga mat. We are all different. We all have different barriers, and different hopes. In our busy lives, it's easy to loose track of what we really want.

So, beginning mid September, I'm going to offer twenty minutes of life mapping to everyone who walks through the doors of Shine. This will be twenty minutes of one-on-one time with me, thinking about your goals and what tools we can give you to help meet them. You will come away with a plan, ideas, and your own fresh start. Beginning September 22nd, I will have an iPad in the studio with my availability. You can make an appointment with me for a twenty minute time slot. I know for a lot of us pain and injury are a big hurtle, so I will also do mini postural analysis in that time, 


We are beginning an arm of Shine that will be devoted to Special Programs for Women and Girls. The RISE program (our 20 hour empowerment retreat) was remarkable, and we want to keep that going, but we are also planning a RISE teen program, Self-care for Teens, Quarter Life Support for (18-25 year olds) and a whole bunch of workshops devoted to things that effect women's lives--fertility, menopause, chronic pain to name a few. At our birthday party, we will be raising funds for scholarships for women who can't afford these high quality programs. 

Well, not all change is pleasant. This fall we are changing our pricing. Our intro special will change, and we will add in more membership options, and in general, prices will increase. When we were less than a year old, our rent doubled. We've been working really hard this year to avoid a raise in price, but now it's necessary. It is partially because of the change in pricing that I've gone back to my roots. I don't want to raise prices without offering you something exceptional, something life changing, that allows the magic to begin in your life. 

There is a little good news built into the pricing change. One is that with the exception of the intro special we are looking to customize the packages so that they better fit your needs. You can talk to us about what you really need. Are you typically away for a few months of the winter or summer? Can you only come once or twice a week? We will build your membership to meet your needs. Lots more communication coming out on this. Look for more emails from me. 

Second, you are the reason Shine is what it is. You are the reason for our growth and my ability to take the leaps I have. You are our founders and our rock. For that reason, I want to give you the opportunity to buy memberships and packages at your current rate. Pricing will change in our system on September 17th. You can purchase as many packages as you like at your current rate until then. You can do this in the studio or through your Wellness Living account online. You all have an account if you have taken a class at Shine. If you can't remember your password, go to and request a new password. The e-mail will be the one you gave us for your account (this one).

I know how much many of you value what we do. So often, I hear that Shine has changed your life or that it was the best thing in your day. I can't begin to tell you how happy that makes me, but I want to do more. I want to keep providing those life changing classes, keep building this exceptional community and I want that Shine you get, that electricity and magic I see in you when you finish a class, to continue shining--at the kitchen and thanksgiving table, at your desk, when you go to sleep and wake up in the morning.

A deep thanks to you all for your patience with us during our babyhood. I am excited to see where we go together this year. I hope to see you at our birthday party this Friday--7pm and Saturday for 10am class, and/or 12:30pm-4:00pm festivities including photoshoot, cake, and aerial yoga. Little yogis welcome Friday evening and Saturday from 12:30 on. Mature yogis 12 and up are welcome in our 10 am class.

Namaste ( I honor the light in you. It's the same as the light in me),