team player of the month – shizuka sugihara

it’s always nice to have a place where you can feel at home.

i came to dc from japan almost 5 years ago, with my husband’s company’s assignment. the first year was tough, i had rarely driven in tokyo but had to here and my 4 year old son was always crying because he missed people in japan and couldn’t understand what people were saying.

i found tranquil space bethesda at that time. the first class i took was unforgettable. i liked siobhan, and the friendly environment, cookies, boutique etc. it was so fancy and filled with a happy vibe. i really appreciated a place where i could simply return to myself.

when my son’s english became better and there was no worry about him, i thought i need to take a leap. so i took one of kimberly’s retreats and that challenged me to take teacher training (tt2). that was a life changing experience and i made a lot of wonderful friends in this community. as my training went, it became clear what i was up for: supporting and sharing yoga with women and kids.

last year i happily started to assist carol’s “baby and me” twice a week. i am always proud to work for tranquil space and learn from carol. i feel very relaxed and at home when i assist & chat with the wonderful moms and babies. the moms and babies are also my teachers. i have learned a lot from them! i feel great after assisting the babies and when i see moms and babies exiting the front door with happy faces, i’m ecstatic.

thank you tranquil space for giving me such a wonderful time in this country, and thank you for taking me in this blooming community!

6 thoughts on “team player of the month – shizuka sugihara

  1. Susanna Montezemolo

    June 30, 2010 at 7:56pm

    What a wonderful choice for team player on the month. I have loved Shizuka since my very first night of 200-hr teacher training, when I had the pleasure of setting up my mat right next to her! Congrats, Shizuka!

  2. Anonymous

    July 1, 2010 at 9:14pm

    Shizuka is such a wonderful assistant in Carol’s class. My son loves her! We will both miss her when he starts moving around too much to stay in the class. But maybe one day we’ll get to take one of Shizuka’s own classes!
    ~ Kristen & Nico

  3. Anonymous

    July 1, 2010 at 10:00pm

    Shizuka I am soo fortunate to have you as a friend and an assistant for the baby and me yoga class!! The moms love your touch and special attention. You’ve made these classes extra special this past year – THANK YOU!!! xoxocarol

  4. Anonymous

    July 2, 2010 at 1:55am

    Thank you Shizuka! It was so nice to read this. Matthew and I love seeing you in Carol’s class and hope you’ll be in the new toddler class when that starts.
    -Tulasi and Matthew

  5. Dave

    July 2, 2010 at 6:41pm

    congrats to our fabulous team player, shizuka! you’re gentle, loving energy is perfect for the baby & me classes! hope to see you soon!

  6. Shizuka

    July 3, 2010 at 11:25am

    Thank you for the kind comments. I was soooooo touched. :) Hope to see you all soon!

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