Happy 13 years Tranquil Space

an assortment of photos showcasing our evolution from the living room to today
“The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.” – James Allen
Namaste and welcome to October at Tranquil Space. This is a special month as we turn 13 years old and our second location across the river just turned 5 years old.
Wow, it’s been an amazing 13 years! I recall this exact time in 1999. The leaves were changing, my spirit was longing for community, and I had recently completed my first teacher training. As I put up fliers around the neighborhood and a small classified ad under “instruction” in the City Paper, I had dreams of creating a haven for yogis to grow on and off the yoga mat. And here we are 13 years later in a sacred space on 17th street with a thriving cOMmunity in Arlington, an eco-friendly locally sewn clothing line, beloved teachers who have been with us for a decade (add Alison and Kevin to this honor now, too!), and a non-profit focused on expanding our do-gooding efforts. None of this would be possible without the support of our talented team and devoted yogis.

The journey has been sprinkled with numerous challenges that I can now look back on with a sense of wonder – how did we get through that one? For those of you who don’t date back too far, let me enlighten you with some amusing not-so-tranquil tales. I giggle most over our days at the church on 16th street. We had no air conditioning and no screens to keep the hungry mosquitoes out of the studio. To combat the issue we had mosquito repellent at the sign in desk for yogis to lather on pre-practice. Then we had kids in the alley throwing rocks into the studio while we were sun saluting. Oh, and we can’t forget hearing “Here comes the bride” pound away on the piano while indulging in savasana. And, you can see the top of this beautiful church from the sky studio. We’ve come full circle. 

The icing on the challenge cake was the 5-month delay in moving from the church to our P street location thanks to oodles of bureaucracy. We put in a bathroom, removed a bathroom, put it in again, and had to turn a bathtub into a mop sink that was used for storage during our 5-year tenure in that location. And, we can’t forget the sounds of shimmies and loud belly dance music during savasana at our first location in Arlington. Ah, the memories!

The beauty of reflecting over the past 13 years is that I now laugh at the struggles (it beats crying – although I went through that phase, too). We are all stronger because of our challenges and I am truly grateful for all the lessons learned. As Buddhist nun Pema Chodren reminds us, our lessons show up as teachers on our path who will become friendly warmhearted companions once we embrace what they came to teach us. So many lessons!

Yoga is about finding your edge and moving beyond your comfort zone. Each and every day. I’m happy to say that has happened almost daily since 1999! In 2009 I put together a tranquility timeline outlining a significant portion of our evolution. It’s insightful to note highlights as a reminder that dreams ARE seedlings of realities. 
As we celebrate our 13th year of bringing tranquility to Washingtonians, I encourage you, too, to reflect on your dreams. What acorn lies within? Life continues to move at a speedy pace and there is no time like the present to reflect on what you want to see unfold for you.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support as students, teachers, front desk helpers, cleaners, teaching assistants, managers, tea sippers, and boutique shoppers. None of this would have been possible without you. Happy 13 years. Thank you for letting us serve you tranquility. May our bodies and minds be healthy. May our thoughts be filled with love. May our practice be free of obstacles. May we carry its benefits into the world.

Namaste,
Kimberly Wilson

Want to hear more stories about Tranquil Space’s past? Check out the documentary we made celebrating our first ten years:

3 thoughts on “Happy 13 years Tranquil Space

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    Darlynn Nangano

    October 2, 2012 at 7:13pm

    Always an inspiration! My business Little Blog Dress turned two yesterday…great to see how exciting it will be down the road when i make it to the big 13!

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