I almost can't believe it has only been 2 weeks since we moved into our premises and began work. In that time the upstairs space has gone from this...
We are now working out how to lay out the ground floor space. In the process of creating the Community Studio, we will sadly be losing our lovely kitchen area, so I have been wracking my brain to work out where to put it! Finally we have a solution and it will be relocated to a cupboard in the lounge. Not a perfect solution, but one that we think will work.
Meanwhile we have had lots of visitors to the
centre. Friends, family and yoga teachers have all dropped in for tours and for tea. My dear friend Ana Silvera spent the day with us last Saturday and gave some much needed advice and guidance on the website and on our use of social media. Getting my head around the whole Twitter and Instagram phenomenon is a bit of a thing . My Twitter posts are so far, quite frankly, crap. And I really need to get to grips with hastags. I have been driving my kids crazy this week by repeatedly saying: "Hashtag YOLO" (for those not in the know this means You Only Live Once, which then evolved into my saying: "Hashtag YOLTOT" (a more yogic perspective: You Only Live Thousands Of Times". *Titter*
I am also trying to persuade Ana, who is a gifted songwriter, singer and musician, to come and sing at our opening event. It means her coming all the way over from Copenhagen, where she is now settled, preferably hauling her new harmonium with her. So it is a big ask. But, you know, YOLO.
The timetable is coming along beautifully and it looks like we are going to have some fabulous teachers and classes happening at the centre. I am truly heart-warmed by the response I have had from so many teachers about this project, people who are genuinely excited by the idea of teaching in a community-focused yoga space. My students are all very excited too. I am already teaching an intimate Monday morning class with a few students, in the downstairs back room (what will be the Community Studio). We are enjoying the calm, quiet space, away from the hustle and bustle of the next door cafe (the excellent award-winning Stir Cafe), where the class was previously held. But of course they get to pop next door for coffee after class, so they get the best of both worlds.
This week will see more walls coming down, the beginning of the floor sanding process, deciding on lighting and painting and decoration the office/reception. This, alongside teaching group and 1:1 yoga and meditation sessions in Cambridge and beyond, meeting up with more potential yoga teachers and trying to give my children a fun and enjoyable summer holiday. Oh and posting up some good Twitter and Instagram posts, with relevant hashtags. Watch this space.