Greensboro Downtown Yoga


IMG_1153 When I opened Greensboro Downtown Yoga, it was a creation based on faith.  There was not a crystal ball telling me I wasn't going to go bankrupt, nothing to re-assure me that I could make this work.  No-one actually saying "Alisha we want a Vinyasa yoga studio in downtown Greensboro".  This was blind faith that I had something others could get behind.  This business is not mine.  Not really, it belongs to the other teachers that teach at my studio, it belongs to the students coming to class and it belongs to the many people who have supported me in one way or another in building this particular creation.  The neat part it is that it's not done growing!!  The momentum is fantastic and the numbers are trending in a way that I think this could be our year.  There still isn't any re-assurance that I can make this work long-term, it's still scary, unnerving and a heck of a lot of work on top of a full-time job.  What keeps me going is that not only do I love yoga, and love teaching yoga, but I know that this studio is bigger than me.   Ultimately the studio doesn't belong to me anymore, not really, it belongs to all of the people who's help and support I've received in building this business.  The studio belongs to all of the teachers I work with at the studio and all of the students that show up on the mat for themselves in the space that has been created at Greensboro Downtown yoga.  All of those people give me faith.

Yoga, it's powerful.  It can rock your world if you let it.  I'll warn you, it can spark destruction and creation, build friendships and help bring relationships to an end, pull out the best in you, shed light on the darkest parts of your being and transform your life, if you are willing to let it.  If you are willing to embrace what it reveals and do the work.  My faith in that lead me to open the studio.  My faith in the power of yoga lead me to open Greensboro Downtown Yoga.

It was faith that has led me to entice my friend Andra into helping me create a teacher training program for the studio.  Faith that the students of Greensboro Downtown Yoga are ready to take their practice to the next level, faith that there are those in our community that feel the calling to share this yoga that they are so passionate about with others.  A teacher training program is a big piece to the puzzle of a successful studio.  So once again I'm creating something based on faith.  I have the faith that you need this program in the way that I needed to create it.  It's not mine anymore.  It's out there now for you to be a part of.  Come be a part of this creation, come deepen your practice, tap into the faith within yourself, that your desire to share yoga with others is legitimate.  Honor the wisdom within yourself.  Take the leap, come be a part of our growing community in a deeper way.


The Reluctant Teacher


We are thick in the planning for our upcoming 2015 spring teacher training program at Greensboro Downtown Yoga.  It's our first one, and we are reflecting on all of the information incoming students will need not only to take their own practice deeper, but to also teach safely, knowledgeably, and confidently.  It's a mountain of information and any 200 hour program can only scrap the surface of what there is to learn in the world of yoga.

The most important thing students need is a spark.  One tiny light inside themselves that says "I want to try, this yoga thing feels right and I want to explore it further", or "this is something everyone needs and I have a desire to share it".

Personally this path of becoming a yoga teacher was not something I thought I wanted.  Actually I deferred my first teacher training by over 6 months after I put down my initial deposit.  Reasons to not do it kept creeping around my head.  9 weekends is a lot of time, how would I be able to completely disconnect from my life for that amount of time?  Not to mention how was I going to pay for the program let alone fund 9 weekends in Asheville in one year.  I'm honestly still not entirely sure how I was able to devote 9 solid weekends to teacher training, and I'm not sure how I produced the money to pay for everything. What I can say is that there was a spark, it felt right, and somewhere deep down I knew I needed to be there and do it.

Bike Shop yoga
Bike Shop yoga

"Leap, and the net will appear." -John Burroughs

There is a lot to be said about just taking the first step or jump.  Put one foot in front of the other and follow the road where it takes you.

In my teacher training program on our first weekend together I told my fellow students that I was just there to deepen my own practice, "I don't think I want to teach".  Maybe in that proclamation I was challenging fate or daring myself because in fact I started teaching before my 200 hour program was completed.  I was the first person in my program to start teaching a formal class at a studio.  Was fate laughing at me?

2 years ago when I signed the lease to open Greensboro Downtown Yoga I thought back to how I proclaimed "I don't think I want to teach".  Ha. It seems very funny to me now.

We can push against what is happening, we can kick and we can scream, but it's not going to change the path we are drawn to travel.

I've resisted.

I've kicked.


Cried and pushed hard in the opposite direction of where I was being drawn.  I'm not good at going with the flow, but I've gotten better the more I've practiced my yoga.

Often I wonder what would happen if I just give in.  Surrender to my passions, desires? Would it be easier?  I liked doing things the hard way, but I've learned through yoga there are better ways.

Do you have a spark?  Do you have an inclination to deepen your own practice or share the yoga that has given you so much?

If so I've got just the thing...

Vision and goal setting prep
Vision and goal setting prep