As we approach our 5 year anniversary, we pause with a note of thanks for you. We are grateful for every moment you have shared with us.
Five years ago Sandy and I sold our home and everything in it to move to Madeira Beach and own a yoga studio. Neither one of us had experience owning a yoga studio. I had only been a yoga instructor for a year when I took over a full staff of yoga instructors with infinitely more teaching experience than myself. We were in over our heads. We were absolutely mad to make this decision and yet it felt like the most obvious one to make. “Of course, we will sell everything we own, leave our family, all of our friends and move to a barrier island in Florida to own a yoga studio.”
Somehow the decision to do it was easy; the experience that followed wasn’t always.
We have cried thousands of tears because of how hurricanes, red tide, and a global pandemic have affected our ability to share yoga with the community we love. We have grieved for instructors that have moved on, for students that have moved away, for those who have fallen away, especially from the pandemic, for our snowbirds who could not return and for those who have returned, but leave again each season end. We have been nearly paralyzed with fear that we would not make it through as the pandemic continued to chip away at our beautiful yoga business. But here we are, with gratitude in each moment.
There have been instructors that have turned into family and students that have become among our closest friends. There have been trips to Shell Key, the Caribbean Islands, sailboat retreats and sunset cruises. We have shared down dogs in grocery stores and forward folds on pool decks. We have celebrated holidays together and consumed thousands of mimosas.
Through all of our experiences, Madeira Beach Yoga has had the tremendous opportunity to show an entire community, including tourists from around the world, that yoga is for everyone.
Together we have pushed through perceived barriers to yoga and have shown hesitant students that yoga can be fun and available for all. We have continuously challenged the pervasive and damaging dogma that yoga is reserved only for the young and flexible.
We have stood firm in our belief that yoga is for everyone and have worked tirelessly to help every student feel invited in, appreciated, and valued. Together, we have created a community of opportunity, inclusivity, and growth and we want to thank you.
Thank you for all of the days that we have shared together. The amazing days and the hard days. We are grateful for them all.
Thank you for trusting us with your friendship, your kindness, your vulnerabilities, and your strengths.
We love you to pieces,
Sherry & Sandy