If you can create an honorable livelihood, where you take your skills and use them and earn a living from it, it gives you a sense of freedom and allows you to balance your life the way you want. —Anite Roddick
Welcome to September at Tranquil Space. We’re offering our weekly lineup of 100 creative classes plus workshops including teacher training opportunities, an 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program, forward folding series, yoga and fertility, yoga for hikers, and more. Peruse our offerings and you’ll find something to grow your practice on and off the yoga mat.
As we move closer to the celebration of our 15th year, I’m still in storytelling mode. From our humble beginnings, core values and how we live them, my first yoga experience, the origin of Tranquil Space, an exploration of the term tranquility, and the Tranquil Space experience. This month I’m sharing my “Top 5 Lessons Learned Along the Way.”
1. Start Small, Grow Organically. Dream big, but start small. Starting Tranquil Space in my living room, not taking on debt until our eighth year, and slowly adding additional offerings and spaces—international retreats, teacher trainings, locally-sewn clothing line, Arlington location—allowed us to comfortably offer more tranquility. We’ve all heard “Rome wasn’t built in one day. Ponder what dreams are within you awaiting the opportunity to sprout? (Our small start was featured recently in FastCompany)
2. Create an Experience. As explored in last month’s muse, connecting to all five senses, sprinkling in attention to details, and evoking emotion has been at the heart of Tranquil Space since inception. Look around your daily life for ways to make each day a special experience. Consider fresh flowers, an inspirational podcast for your morning commute, a fragrant candle, or savory green juice.
3. Give Back. From donations to silent auctions, to charity events, to our own non-profit, this core value has been at the heart of how we operate. And, each day we have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of another being—the food we eat, the words we say, the actions we take, and the thoughts we entertain. Let the mantra Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu (May all beings everywhere be happy and free. May the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all) be a guiding light for life on and off the mat.
4. Cultivate Community. Our tea and cookie ritual offers an opportunity for connection beyond the mat—friendships and lifelong partnerships have been cultivated over this sacred time. With our monthly celebration of a yogi and team player, we’ve been able to honor a beautiful soul in cOMmunity for years. Next time you’re on the mat, smile at the person next to you and possibly let them know you enjoyed practicing by them. When ordering coffee at your favorite spot, ask the barista how they’re doing. See people as special beings with unique needs, desires, and dreams.
5. Celebrate. Milestones offer an opportunity to honor and acknowledge your efforts. We’ve had parties for book releases, studio openings, animals, charities, CD releases, holidays, and more. Each day offers a chance to celebrate something special. Break out the china. Use your special glassware. Tuck a love note in your beloved’s lunch box. Wear a flower in your hair. Sip a sparkling libation. Host a chariTea (tea party for charity).
May these five lessons offer fodder for a little more tranquility this fall. As we close out summer, memories remain and now it’s time to create new ones. Our cOMmunity is incredibly special because of the like-hearted lovelies such as yourself. Thank you for making our 15 years possible. Namaste.