Nothing ever is as hard as keeping good news to myself so when I tell you I have been BURSTING AT THE SEAMS trying to contain myself!
As of February, Little Switch Yoga will be operating at the historic Vasa Hall in Hoquiam.
Not to sound trite, but –
This is a dream come true for me!
I was very, very particular about the space I would take on.
It’s almost a hundred years old!
And yes, I went to high school dances there in its tenure as a Moose Hall!
I am sad to say that so many historic buildings here are left to rot and die – not because we locals do not love our history but because we are an economically-depressed area, and it costs a lot of money to keep these buildings up.
Fortunately, a local construction group acquired the Vasa and has restored and upgraded it beautifully – absolutely beautifully! I am in good company next to the Red Cedar, Solid Coffee, and The Hive – and we have another business taking up residence soon!
As for me?
My family goes deep, here in Hoquiam. My great grandparents settled here to start a family. Great-grandpa was an entrepreneur who lived and worked just a few blocks away from this very Hall. He was a titan of (tiny little) Hoquiam and flew the first mail plane to the Harbor!
I am a fourth-generation Hoquiam entrepreneur and I’m so proud of this.
I am also proud of the TYPE of enterprise I am bringing.
It’s different than anything we’ve previously had.
My yoga space will prioritize constructive community effort, mental, emotional and physical strength-building, JOY, and the sacred space of interpersonal connection.
I will also host the only sliding-scale yoga business in the whole Harbor.
This is a big leap for me.
And I will be honest: I’m kind of nervous!
But it’s time for me to make a move!
Please keep your eyes peeled and your ears pricked –
Because I’m canvasing the community (survey below)! –
And one of the best ways you can help, is to fill out that survey and check “yes” to staying on my email list!
A few more words.
Just last night after Sunday group I talked to two of my students. One of them said she almost started crying at the way I gave each student “permission” to stop pushing themselves in a certain pose.
We talked for a while – it felt so good to talk about something I love so much! – and I finally said:
“It takes time to overcome fitspo culture.”
I’ve talked about fitspo before. I’m not here to go on at length now.
But what I will say is this:
The reason people know yoga is good for them – but don’t make time to practice – is because we’ve been squeezed out of our own life.
We don’t deeply believe we deserve good things.
Maybe we know – IN THEORY – that we deserve good things.
But our actions show that we don’t make time for them.
I can’t change someone’s mind, or someone’s priorities.
All I can do is offer up the absolutely best-engineered space possible for this wholesomeness, this blooming, this joy and electricity to flourish!
And that’s my commitment.
I hope I succeed.
I hope I can pay rent.
By the end of the year, I hope to pay myself even a little.
I can only do my best.
Can I count on you for your support?
Another note: I simply cannot overstate my gratitude to Maija Nordin and Gayle Russell for letting Little Switch have a home in 2023. Without business owners helping me rent at a low price-point, I could not have built a practice that let me step into Big Boy rent.
As for Big Boy rent!
My expenses have gone UP, and within the next few weeks you’ll see my class offerings going up, as well.
I’ve been studying, crafting, and modeling several options AND I now have a survey!
Please trust I have worked very hard and put a lot of thought AND taken professional advice.
What I could use from YOU, is your feedback.
So please please, take time to fill out the survey!
This will help us all so much.
I am so, so grateful for everyone who attended class in my studio in 2023! Each of you has a special surprise coming your way before the month is up! Make sure to stay on my email list and keep your eyes open!
I am so excited about this new move. It’s a BIG move and I know I’m bringing my best self. It’s time to let the community come together in a bigger way!