At Balance Studio, we never take community for granted. It’s literally around us all the time – as much a part of our daily existence as one of our limbs. And just as important.
Whether you’re at work, working out, studying, training or hanging out with your favorite people, community is key. The importance of finding a place where you’re comfortable and surrounded by members of your tribe really can’t be overstated!
What would we do without our tribe?
Her husband’s new job brought her young family to Massachusetts from Seattle last year, where Katie had been teaching seven barre classes per week (and where her clients had become near and dear to her heart). She found her way to Balance Studio, and even though she wasn’t planning to begin teaching so soon, she was drawn to the vibe and instantly felt a connection to something she wanted to be part of – her new community.
“I have found this transition to be so amazing,” Katie says. “As sad as I feel sometimes missing my tribe, I am starting to find my people here. I love the South Shore so much. The people are warm and inviting, and the SUN shines here!”
The Balance Studio community is warm, supportive and inclusive.
Balance Studio is a true community, and we’ll admit it – it’s our favorite thing about this place-which-is-much-more-than-a-place. All of us entered with fitness goals, but soon came to value equally the emotional well-being that flows from belonging, connecting with others and feeling supported.
“Most of us became members because something deeper was happening,” says longtime instructor Jan Burkhardt. “The connection happens whether you are gloriously happy or evolving through challenging times. There is joy, kindness and friends for receiving and giving. There is gratitude for health, peace and connection and this gratitude changes everything and shifts your perception.”
Yoga Intensive Training (YIT) student Stephanie Willson, who considered a yoga study program for many years before discovering Balance Studio, agrees. “I love the community that I have found within the Balance YIT program. The studio has connected me with remarkable new friends and we are all sharing such a meaningful, fun, and amazing journey together. I can’t wait to see where this experience will take me.”
We’re trying our best not to take any of this for granted. So we’re recognizing – and celebrating! – the gift of community all month.
Mark your calendar: On Saturday, March 30, we’ll host an Open House from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. that will include free classes for new students, free introductory Pilates Reformer sessions, and tasty snacks and refreshments. Open houses are casual and a fun way to catch up, meet teachers and staff members and bring others into the fold.
Team Balance Studio supports Yoga Reaches Out.
We’re also building our Balance Studio team to participate in the annual Yoga Reaches Out benefit for Boston Children’s Hospital, to be held April 28 at Gillette Stadium. This will be our eighth year participating in what’s been an incredibly fun and meaningful way to give back to the greater community and a world-class, life-saving organization. Join us! Details about Balance Studio’s participation, and our Yoga Reaches Out benefit class on March 14, can be found here.
Pack your bags and join us for action, adventure retreats!
Elsewhere in our community adventures, we’re taking our show on the road for our sixth yoga retreat. This time our destination is Panama, where we’ll share all sorts of adventures – physical, geographic and gastronomic – and create long-lasting bonds.
(If health-focused travel with a like-minded group sounds fabulous but you can’t climb on board for Panama this month, plan ahead! We’ve scheduled three trips to Montana this fall: Women’s action and adventure 9/11-9/15; a couples retreat 9/18-9/22; and a mindful meditation retreat 9/25-9/29.)
May each of us find what we seek in our surroundings. May we embrace, and be embraced by, community always.
“We gather here to drink this nectar of friendliness, compassion and connection”– Jack Kornfield, from After the Ecstasy, the Laundry