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Virtual Retreat TOMORROW

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.—Anaïs Nin

Imagine three hours devoted to self-care and personal growth without having to leave the comfort of your own home. This is an opportunity to take your inner artist on an extended date.

Tomorrow we’re broadcasting the Spring Virtual Retreat from the Pink Palace (my tiny DC condo) with a live audience from noon-3pm ET and you’re invited!

This Virtual Retreat is a NEW mini-retreat focused on awakening from winter’s hibernation and blooming into spring.

This 3-hour LIVE adventure includes:

  • opening and closing gatherings
  • seated yoga for all levels
  • mindfulness tools for everyday life
  • creative play in our journals
  • a colorful PDF playbook filled with tips, tools, recipes, and more coming 4/13
  • a jazzy playlist
  • a 25% off TranquiliT discount code
  • a private virtual retreat Facebook group
  • an easy phone or video connection via Zoom
  • a recording of the event to retreat as often as you’d like
  • and more!

Slow down, shake up your Saturday routine, learn new skills, and connect with like-hearted ladies. Return with what’s most meaningful to you this spring. Peruse FAQs, testimonials, and YOUR former retreat photos.

If you can’t join us live or will miss some of it, you’ll receive the replay within 48 hours.

As always, a portion of all proceeds benefits the work of Pigs & Pugs Project. Please let me know if you have any questions about the experience. We’d love to have you with us! Bisous. x

Here’s what previous participants had to say: 

I can’t thank you enough for such a clearly thought out virtual retreat. It was such a blessing not to need to get dressed, drive to an airport, not have to put on make-up, and to be comfortable in my own home without distraction.

Participating has reminded me how good it feels to slow down and give myself the time to recharge. Feeling a new spark of creativity.

I have to say, being the introvert that I am and loving my quiet time, this was something I would do again and again. Being in my own familiar space, relaxed but at the same time connected with everyone. You thought of everything!

The hallmark of an enlightening retreat, presentation, email, or post are the moments a heart is touched, a thought is planted, or a direction changed. I realize that the virtual retreat was more powerful than I thought it would be. In fact, it’s helping me to change direction, well, actually, to reconnect to my core being.

New Beginnings for Tranquil Space

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.—Maya Angelou

This quote has been my mantra for Tranquil Space over the past 18 years. With the help of an amazing team, we’ve sought to create a haven to nurture Washingtonians.

Yesterday YogaWorks became the new owner of my baby, Tranquil Space. Our beautiful community (note to them below) was notified of the transition shortly thereafter.

Although it’s bittersweet to pass my baby on to a new caretaker, I’m SO excited about the future of the studios under the structure and support of YogaWorks.

Here’s the press release that went out this morning. It’s so not goodbye, it’s hello to what’s to come. Bisous. x

What we call the beginning is often the end and to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.—T. S. Eliot

Dearest Tranquil Space Community,

I’m writing to share some big news. As of August 29th, both Tranquil Space studios will become part of the growing YogaWorks family of 52 studios across the country. I realize this might be surprising and want to share why I made this decision and what happens next.

I’ve often described my original vision of Tranquil Space as “the TV show Cheers sans drink.” I wanted to create a space where Washingtonians could connect with like-hearted people in a nurturing setting (hello lavender, tea and cookies) and believe that we’ve been able to build this together.

Growing this community with you over the past 18 years has been my proudest accomplishment. To witness the growth of your practices on and off the mat has been an honor. Recently, however, after experiencing various personal losses, I’ve found myself unable to give our studios all the attention they need to thrive. After much reflection, I realized the best way to take Tranquil Space to the next level and provide our team with opportunities for growth, would be to partner with a like-minded company. YogaWorks is the perfect fit. They bring 30 years of yoga experience and share our commitment to creating a holistic yoga experience and fostering community. YogaWorks will give Tranquil Space an opportunity to blossom into its next phase of growth while staying true to our shared core values: compassion, passion, initiative, creativity, community.

YogaWorks has a successful history of partnering with established studios by honoring the students’ practice and maintaining continuity of teachers and staff. This was one of the reasons I chose YogaWorks as the only company I would trust with my life’s passion and with the people I have come to view as extended family. In this recent Mindful Studio magazine article, the YogaWorks CEO, Rosanna, and I were both interviewed and emphasized our aligned vision for a successful studio.

This is a big step and fresh start for Tranquil Space. While our website and the studio name will transition in a few months to YogaWorks, our schedules, classes, workshops, and team will stay the same. Your existing memberships, class passes, online account, and password will also not change.

I want you to know I have truly loved creating our community together with you and our amazing team. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your ongoing support. On a personal note, I’ll be practicing yoga off the mat as a psychotherapist and will focus on growing Tranquil Space Foundation’s Pigs & Pugs Project. Of course, yoga, mindfulness, and YOU remain priorities in my life and you’ll still see me taking and teaching classes and workshops at the studios.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m forever grateful to our community and look forward to being part of your continued evolution on and off the mat. Thank you for joining me on this journey and I’m excited for what lies ahead! Namaste.

A Life of Sensations

O for a life of sensations rather than of thoughts.—John Keats

When considering what to explore in this month’s Tranquil Space muse, I began by pulling images that represented spring’s simple pleasures: pink blooms, vegan cupcakes, rose tea, yoga, and journal writing. After compiling the collage, I looked for a quote that touched on life’s little luxuries and came across the above Keats quote.

You may wonder what simple pleasures or a life of sensations rather than thoughts has to do with yoga. As a teacher and practitioner who has been keen on incorporating yoga beyond the mat, I found the quote apropos. And, let’s be honest, the physical practice of yoga is filled with sensations.

Since we get the importance of infusing our everyday with beauty, I wanted to touch on the second part of the Keats quote . . . thoughts. We are estimated to have 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day. Considering 90-95% of them are repetitive and 80% are considered negative, yoga (and mindful living) is a balm to work with our human condition.

In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1.2, Patanjali writes yoga chitta vritti nirodha. This is often translated as “yoga as the cessations of the fluctuations of the mind.” While we may consider yoga to be the physical practice of poses on a mat, Patanjali is emphasizing quieting the mind as the core of yoga practice. And Keats, also, emphasizes the connection to sensations over a busy mind.

While we need our mind to be a productive, thoughtful member of society, we also need training to focus and quiet the mind to live as Patanjali and Keats encourage. This comes through meditation, time in nature, yoga, and any other activity that allows you to get lost in the flow.

Practicing the sixth limb of yoga, dharana (concentration), offers the opportunity to quiet our monkey mind and notice the sensations within and around us. Feel the air on your skin. Notice the beat of your heart. Observe any cravings. Slow down to taste your food. Pay attention to sensations as you move through sun salutations.

As we welcome May, consider Patanjali and Keats when you find yourself stuck in rumination or worry. Similar to the life-saving technique of “stop, drop, and roll,” remember to STOP: stop, take a breath, observe what’s happening, proceed with awareness.

May we have more sensations from life’s simple pleasures and less distraction from a mind stuck in the past or worrying about the future. Namaste.