I am at a loss for words to appropriately thank you for what each and every one of you do each day.
I suffer from a mental illness that is too often debilitating. I am unable to work and seldom able to even leave the house. One exception is my visit to SOUL.
As soon as I enter the studio, I am greeted by welcoming faces. I am encouraged to push harder and dig deeper. I am reminded to concentrate on what CAN be as opposed to what MIGHT be, and I am reminded that the hurricane currently surrounding me may not be causing havoc, but rather clearing it from my path.
I am so very grateful to the staff that have been unfortunate witnesses to the moments that my illness has taken over. These moments were handled with privacy, sensitivity and respect, allowing me to have the courage to return to my practice.
I truly feel blessed to have my SOUL tribe. Thank you for pushing me out of my comfort zone. Thank you for helping me find a purpose, a community, and most importantly: health.
Today, we want to take the time to do the exact opposite and share with you how overwhelmingly blessed we feel having stumbled onto learning about and practicing yoga at Soul.
It is the more organic, authentic, and gentle practices of Aaron, Dale, and Mary that keep us coming back to Soul to learn more about yoga and ourselves. We welcome and enjoy Aaron’s meditative class beginnings, his teachings throughout the class, and of course, his singing and his playing the harmonium; Dale’s teaching and reassurances that it is most important to listen to our bodies and to take life in stride each and every day; and Mary’s gentle and oh-so-positive encouragements to believe in ourselves and what our bodies are capable of and then to perform for us at the end of each class. Each and everyone one of these teachers we consider a gift and they help us to understand how we are each unique and our yoga practice is our very own journey to help in achieving the very best version of ourselves beyond a physical workout.
We are so very thankful for Aaron, Dale, and Mary and for the opportunity to practice and learn about yoga under them, and for having such knowledgeable and inspiring teachers available at Soul. It is because of teachers such as these we always refer family and friends to Soul Hot Yoga and share with them the difference Soul has made in our lives. People see a difference and often ask.
So we would just like to say thank you Soul for the teachers you make available to us and for the welcoming environment you have created.
It is part of my home and family. When I step into that building I feel happy, strong, empowered and just my best self.
You have made great business decisions and built an incredible community. I wish you both success and prosperity, you have earned every bit of it!
I started out as a client of Soul Hot Yoga and have been there since the start. It is very rare that a company that grows as fast as your establishment has is able to keep their primary business philosophy but you have.
Soul Spin is where my mom and I leave behind the busy week, focus on our healthy lifestyle goals and reconnect with each other while we ride to the beat.
I realized I was at high risk for heart disease and diabetes and decided it was time to do something. No compromises, no looking back! With some drastic changes to my diet and regular spin classes I was able to loose 73lbs. in 6 months.
I know that It doesn’t seem like it’d be hard to find, but we both look for very different things in a workout. Jamie liked pushing himself at the gym and I looked forward to running or a tabata workout. We had kind of accepted that we wouldn’t find a workout that we both enjoyed until we were referred to Soul Spin by a friend.
Roughly 5 years ago, I was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation Type 1 at the age of 15 and syringemyelia. These brain and spinal cord conditions effect my balance and muscle coordination severely. A side effect of these conditions is severe scoliosis. In 3 years, I had 3 brain surgeries along with scoliosis instrumentation fusing L-4 to T-6 together. After my surgeries, I lost my fine motor skills in my right arm, hand and leg. I was told that I would never be as flexible as I once was and it would take years of physiotherapy to be able to have a normal balance, gait and muscle coordination. I felt like I was trapped in a horrible body. I tried yoga a year ago in another city. I was strongly discouraged as I could barely stand on one leg and the bright lights of the studio made me extremely nauseous and sick. It was a very competitive environment and I felt I didn’t do enough to keep the teacher happy.
My yoga experience at the point had only been a few YouTube and Jillian Michael’s videos I had done in my basement. My first class was warm beginner flow, and after the class, I was hooked. I started progressing in to different classes such as: hot hatha, hot vinyasa flow, hot core, hot yin, and even the more advanced classes provided. It was amazing to see the transformation in my body, and the connection my mind could have over it. There were poses I never thought I would be able to do or hold, and with time my body began to adapt.
Whether I just needed a good stretch, an hour to calm my mind or a safe place to build strength and challenge my boundaries the amazing teachers and staff have supported and inspired me.