Welcome to May at Tranquil Space. This month we celebrate six years in our home on 17th street! Thank you for growing into this well-loved space with us.
In honor of spring, we’re offering a Fashion Truck Pop-Up of our locally sewn clothing line, creativity workshops, Yoga + Writing, Doga (watch May 8th’s edition of Fox Fursday for a demo) to benefit Washington Humane Society, a Mom + Daughter workshop, Book Club, a retreat to Costa Rica, and much more. Peruse our offerings for all levels and so many interests. We truly believe yoga is a lifestyle. Also, is something we don’t have on the horizon that interests you? Please let us know at mytranquilspaceidea.com.
As 2014 marks our 15-year anniversary, I’ve been sharing stories from the journey in the past two months’ muses. This month let’s explore the studio’s five core values: community, passion, compassion, initiative, and creativity. Also known as “tranquilosophy” (because I have a thing for making up words, especially that involve “tranquil”). Here they are, in no particular order:
Initiative: Tranquil Space began in my one-bedroom apartment at 16th and U streets in October 1999. With visions of yogis huddled around my fireplace drinking tea, doing yoga, and connecting, I hung fliers around Dupont inviting strangers into my home. Years later, we continue to be innovators in our offerings: local and international retreats, teacher trainings, trunk shows to highlight locally sewn clothing, karma yoga, mindfulness, pre- and post-natal plus tots and tykes teacher training and classes, and even our very own books, CDs, podcast, and clothing line. We are 100% wind-powered and dedicated to greening our world. Watch our 10-year mini-documentary to learn more.
Passion: In my living room, I focused on sweet details such as ribbons wrapped around inspirational quotes placed on students’ mats, aromatic scents, a blazing fire, and homemade chai served in porcelain tea cups. As we’ve grown, these special touches still greet students through our studio decor, lavender aromatherapy, abundance of organic tea and treats, and inspiring music to accompany the experience. During practice, teachers encourage students to honor exactly where they are while also challenging their edge. This nurturing voice encourages students to stay mindful and acknowledge the journey. Learn more about the Tranquil Space experience.
Community: Over the years, we moved from a living room, to a sacred 16th street church parlor, to a two-level studio on P Street in 2003, to a 3-story building on 17th Street in DC and a dance studio in 2007 to our home on Wilson Boulevard in 2010 in Arlington. Tranquil Space has attracted hundreds of like-hearted yogis to its nurturing fold with encouragement to mingle over tea and cookies after class, and carry mindfulness off the yoga mat into daily life. Through Doga, picnics in the park, specialty events, and studio celebrations, we made mingling off the mat an intricate part of our mission.
Creativity: Teaching from the vinyasa yoga tradition, our teachers have all completed the studio’s comprehensive 200-hour teacher training—DC’s first Yoga Alliance certified training—and lead creatively flowing classes with emphasis on the breath, body, and spirit. With a focus on helping students become fully aware of the present moment, leaving to-do lists at the door, our teachers also offer numerous workshops and retreats to assist yogis in finding a tranquil space on and off the yoga mat.
Compassion: Giving back to the community has been important since our humble living room beginnings. We plant a tree for every class pass purchased, donate a portion of all proceeds to an assortment of charities, and host weekly classes for charities chosen by our talented teachers. Recognizing the importance of yoga as a catalyst for living a fuller life, we launched our own non-profit in 2006, Tranquil Space Foundation. Its signature program, Tranquil Teens, is focused on assisting girls with finding their inner voice through mindfulness, creativity, and leadership.
These values infuse all we do and we hope it shows. Which value most resonates with you? How do you live compassion, passion, creativity, initiative and community? Interested in sharing your Tranquil Space journey as we pull together interviews and stories from our team and yogis in preparation for our 15-year documentary (watch our 10-year here)? If so, send us your story. We’d love to hear and share it.
Wishing you a tranquil start to the month. May your days be infused with tranquility. May your practice be filled with steadiness and ease. May your breaths seep deeply into your belly. Thank you for joining us on this journey. I’m beyond grateful. Namaste.