On May 7th we celebrated our one year anniversary at FreshJax! It has been a beautiful year for our students and staff, full of growth and progression. Our café menu of healthy smoothies and delicious baked goods has grown to include nutritious breakfast and lunch items. Our storefront continues to offer more and more diverse vegan and gluten free specialty items, some of which were introduced to us through our client suggestions and requests. Our collection of organic spices, which are handcrafted right here in the store, has increased in variety and bottle sizes. We continue to welcome new yoga teachers from diverse walks of life and training backgrounds, as well as new café staff members who each bring different strengths to our team. Our yoga classes have grown in size, which has made it possible to add more and more class times to our schedule. In the New Year, we were able to add more variety to our class options, including the addition of Prenatal Yoga, Baby and Me Yoga, and Kripalu Flow. Over the year, we have even been able to put on unique and innovative workshops, diet and cooking classes, fundraisers and special events, which have set FreshJax apart from other yoga studios. We are thankful for the growth we have seen in this yoga community throughout our first year, and we are excited to see what the future holds for FreshJax.
As we reflect on this past year, we encourage you to take the time to reflect on your yoga practice and health over the past year, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The first step to self acceptance is self reflection. Here are some questions or topics you can ask yourself, discuss within your yoga community, or journal about. Remember, these are open questions with no right or wrong answers.
As we adventure into our second year at FreshJax, we are setting goals for our studio as a whole, as well as intentions for our individual practices and journeys. Whether you are a studio member who practices with us consistently or a student who drops in occasionally, we encourage you to set your own personal goals and intentions for your yoga practice on and off the mat. Here are some ideas to get your mind flowing.
Thank you all for helping our first year at FreshJax to be one of joy, peace, and relaxation. Our teachers and staff are thankful to be investing in your journey towards self discovery, good health, and well-being. Let’s celebrate our one year anniversary with more yoga and more health food. Namaste!
Patience... As we move closer each moment to the day we're able to open our doors, I considered posting a construction update. This update would be complete with pictures of concrete trucks, piping, and metal support beams. But really those aren't too exciting in and of themselves. It's what those construction scene pictures represent that's important. When Jason decided he would take the leap to leave his career behind and follow his dreams in 2011, I decided to fully support him, no matter what. Little did I know just how challenging bringing a business to life would be... and that it would take five years to get where we are today. Each time I thought we were this close to finding the right location or closing a big deal we found that we had to wait. Let's face it, when we finally decide what we want to be when we grow up, we want to be grown up and doing it NOW! Especially when you figure it out later in life. But that's not how life works. It takes patience, it takes waiting, it takes time. Having patience is something I continually learn each and every day. I find it's easier to wait when I can see progress right in front of me. The dream becomes more clear moment by moment. But what about those times when it seems like you're making no progress, or are even moving backwards? Yuck. No one likes that feeling... but it's still important, because that's where patience truly grows.
When I began yoga I wanted to move right into the fullest expression of all the postures the first time I saw them. Then, reality set in. I needed to build strength, flexibility, and focus before I could do that. Each time I reached for my toes they seemed to be getting a little closer. Progress! Then, as a college student, I got caught up in papers, exams, and projects. When I returned to my yoga practice a few weeks later, my toes were not where I remembered them being the last time I reached toward them. Sigh... moving backwards. I continued to reach for them class after class and in no time they were nearing my fingers again. Hooray... progress once more! But I've learned over the years that yoga isn't really about touching my toes. It's about recognizing where my mind and body are in the present moment, breathing, and finding contentment in that place, no matter where it is. Is it always easy? No. Do I continue to try to find contentment every time, even when it's hard? Absolutely.
So, these pictures aren't really about concrete, piping, and metal beams. They're about the journey we've been on day after day, month after month, year after year. Today I'm finding contentment in this moment, just breathing, and enjoying the path I'm on.
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