Last night I went to the teacher intro meeting at Black Sheep Yoga in Oceanside. The studio is ready to go, and the website is up and running. After talking with the owners and meeting the fellow instructors, I just have to say...
I am so damn excited about this place.
Aesthetically, it's gorgeous. The lobby is crisp white with beautiful artwork. The yoga room is huge with dark beams crossing the lofted ceiling. No mirrors (which definitely enhance and internalize your personal body awareness), which I love. White walls. Wood floors. Clean clean clean.
Philosophically, it's rad. Owners Lee Sanudo and Patrick Garrison are really working to create a community space that is open and inviting to ALL levels of yogis, from the super fit to never-stepped-foot-on-a-mat. I already knew and adore two of the teachers - Matt Canon and Jennifer Suchman. The rest of the instructors seem just as amazing - I'm totally pumped about taking classes from all of them, feeling out their teaching style, hearing their yoga point of view.
The energy of the entire group last night was totally collaborative and creative, and filled with a lot of laughter. Shoot, I even learned an awesome head-free headstand modification from Jennifer! (Though I did confirm that I have a ridiculously long neck that needs a whopping four blocks under each shoulder to keep my head from hitting the ground while inverted.) Bottom line, I think we're all there for the right reasons -- to make yoga accessible, fun and inviting to the masses.
Patrick and Lee are giving us teachers a lot of freedom to build and structure our classes the way we want them. I feel like a kid in a candy shop trying to decide which direction to take each of my three weekly classes. Which bodes the question -- what sort of classes would YOU like? I'm teaching Wednesday mornings, 7am, and Tuesday and Friday evenings at 6:30pm. What are you itching for? Vinyasa? Restorative? Little bit of both? Foundational practice? Friday night Detox/Retox fun practice to kick off the weekend? Mellow, shake off the week low key practice? I'm open to suggestions, and god bless Patrick and Lee, they are too!