Friday, November 12, 2010

And Enlighten yoga + community center is born

After 4 years in Amsterdam as Natural Method Yoga Studio, we are ready to grow. It is beyond just one person's offerings now. I have learned the true power of community, and that one person cannot create community alone.

A group becomes community by joining in striving for common goals and believing in the basic value + goodness of others. Let's join together to create the kind of world that we wish to see- kind, creative cooperative, healthy and happy. Let us model a heathy & compassionate lifestyle for the next generation to follow. It is every individuals responsibility to be the kind of neighbor they want to have, to be the example of what they want to see in others. In this way we slowly create a new world, the kind we had hoped for.

To this end , we have been evolving into a yoga AND community center. Lots of experience, input and inspiration has led to these changes. I believe that this is the start of something bigger and more beautiful than we could've imagined. That is how life unfolds when you don't fight it!

In the last several months we painted the studio. Now, in the next week, our new website, will be launched. We are welcoming a second yoga instructor on board. And we are going to do some beautiful construction: shelves, a bench outside, and some other littler improvements. We will aquire a few more props, and a couple other nice upgrades.

We are also offering some groups/clubs starting in the new year: so far we are forming a La Leche League group, a universal spiritual meditaton group, a meditative drum circle and we plan to hold a potluck once every season for the whole yoga community to come out, share, talk, relate, and inspire each other. This potluck will also be a time for people who are interested in trying yoga to check out the space and ask questions. It will also be a chance for local vegans to meet, and for folks to ask questions about veganism as well. Certainly, one needn't be vegan to attend.

We also aim in the next two years to increase our children's offerings, including some different classes and an Art + Yoga workshop. We also will add some personal exploration based art workshops.

We hope to host more events such as poetry readings and special speakers as well. We want to host more groups/clubs that benefit the community, so if you have an idea, please let me know! That is how strong community is created- speak up & take action to realize the kind of Amsterdam you wish to see!

The next year will see these changes, one after another manifested at our studio. Please support us through your regular attendance of one or two classes weekly. If you'd like to see us realize these canges sooner, please consider donating to our Transformation Fund when you are at the studio. What's most important is your attendance of yoga classes, both for your benefit & the entire community!

I am grateful to be part of this community! I am excited to see how it grows! Namaste!

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