This time of the year is always one of deep reflection for me, as it’s one of anniversaries and milestones.
- My husband’s birthday is on March 9th.
- The studio’s anniversary is March on 12th.
- The anniversary of my father’s passing is on April 12th.
- My birthday is on April 18th.
And this year, the studio’s first-ever teacher training program will come to completion on March 22nd.
Saturday, February 29th
11:00 AM – 1:15 PM
A lot of bittersweetness and celebration all rolled into one.
As I reflect, I’m left with gratitude – a deep sense of gratitude for it all.
On March 12th, Mind Body Flow Yoga will turn 8 years old. I remember our ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening party like it was just yesterday. I couldn’t wait to open the studio’s doors and meet all of you…each and every one of you – our amazing community.
I also remember just weeks before that, feeling immense fear about my afternoon appointment with the studio’s landlord to sign the lease. I called a dear friend for encouragement. She was in the car driving with her mother when I called.
LIVE Music Vinyasa
Vocalist and guitarist
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
My friend asked me if I wanted her to put me on speaker so that her mother could pray for me. Her mother and father are pastors of a local church. I immediately agreed and felt such a sense of peace after my friend’s mother prayed for and over me.
I will never forget the words that she closed the prayer with,
“Lord, help Marina to remember that this is more than a yoga studio – it’s a ministry that you have called her to for your appointed time. It’s a space where people will go and be ministered to so that they can move through their lives with greater purpose and peace.”
I wiped my tears away, signed the lease that afternoon, and it’s been off to the races ever since.
I had finally moved past the fear of it all and taken the major leap of faith in opening up a yoga studio. All that was left at that point was to open the doors and hope that my studio would indeed be the ministry that my friend’s mother said it was.
I can’t tell you how amazed I am when I look back on this journey. What started as a dream that seemed impossible, has turned into a community of incredible human beings who come into the studio day after day and
- amaze themselves,
- turn “I can’t” into “I can,”
- encourage one another,
- and so much more.
To bear witness to your journey, growth, and breakthroughs on the mat and off of it, is something that I can’t even put into words.
It’s powerful and so humbling.
I can’t thank you all enough for your continued support and for showing up and doing the work, time and time again.
You all are ALL such an inspiration.
Mind Body Flow Yoga is Mind Body Flow Yoga because of you!
- As we forge ahead into the month of March, already 3 months into this new year now – I encourage you to ask yourself, “What is it that I can give birth to?”
- Is there a dream that you’re sitting on?
- Is there an idea or a thought that you want to put into action?
- Is there a relationship you wish to foster or deepen?
- Are there certain postures in your yoga practice that you shy away from out of fear of feeling vulnerable or fear of falling?
Looking back, I never would have imagined that I would have given birth to a yoga studio.
The things which often seem totally impossible, are often the things that bring forward the greatest joys, freedom, and blessings if we simply have faith and stay the course.
What can you give birth to and what perhaps is stopping you?
Remembering that life is precious and a fleeting gift – go out and give birth to something great!
My deepest namaste to each one of you, for your continued support and trust in Mind Body Flow Yoga!
Love you all!