LOVE is in the (hot) air!

February 2017

Woot! We’re one week into ourStretch Yourself Challenge! How are you feeling? We love seeing those stickers starting to pop up on your charts!

Still on the fence about joining? You have until Feb. 14 to decide. I know some have worried other commitments disqualify you. Not so! We understand life isn’t all black and white. There is always room for gray. Have a vacation in the middle of the challenge? That’s okay! Don’t think you can stretch to three classes a week? Look at other ways you can up your game. As long as you’re doing your best to improve and grow, you bet you qualify.

As far as our studio is concerned, doing your best is always good enough! Sometimes it takes a little extra reminder, though, doesn’t it? We’re our own worst critics. Don’t let negative thoughts get to you. Silence that inner voice the moment it starts working against you. The same goes for external noise. Tune it out! When I feel myself being pushed down by negativity, whether it be internal or from external sources, I often think of one of my favorite quotes:

Ships don’t sink because of the water AROUND them. Ships sink because of the water that gets IN them. Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down.

Stay afloat and keep on rowing gently down that stream. “Gently” being the key word. Be gentle with yourself. Always! Don’t let negativity weigh you down. Silence it with your own personal celebrations. While you’re at it, truly accept praise from fellow challenge participants. We’re all here to cheer each other on and celebrate the steps we take together.

Speaking of celebrating, my big 5-0 is nearly here. I see this as a reason for major celebrating. You see, I had a significant goal for this life milestone. I was going to go to teacher training and have my own Bikram Yoga studio by age 50. I set this goal more than eight years ago and was so sure of it that “Namaste50” was often my password on things. (Shhhh… don’t tell!) It was an age that made sense for me and my family. Then, I met Shelli Gardner…

Meeting Shelli (Brick Canvas owner) was proof that life had another idea in mind for my timeline. Prompted by our meeting, I started teacher training seven years ahead of goal. Today, our studio is in its fifth year, placing me years ahead of where I thought I’d be at this stage. You bet this makes my heart happy. It means I’ve had more years with you. More years doing what I love. More years appreciating hard work and the wonderful feeling of accomplishment that comes from achieving a dream.

I’ve looked forward to my 50th for nearly a decade. Now, as it and the month of love approach, I want you to know how much I love you. Thank you for making my vision a reality. Your warmth keeps my boat afloat. Your passion and enthusiasm are like life preservers on the hardest of days. What a gift it is to welcome my 50s with such friends by my side!

Namaste, Joanne 


Joanne is turning 50! Help us celebrate with $5 classes. After all, nothing makes Joanne happier than seeing a studio full of your smiling faces. Want to bring a gift to this party? Any (or all) of the following will be gladly accepted:

1. Happy, positive attitudes.

2. You in your brightest workout wear. (Joanne loves color!)

3. A warm birthday hug.


Last day of $5 birthday classes


6 AM Bikram Yoga with Bonnie

8 AM Hot Pilates with Madee (China send off class)

11 AM Hot Pilates with Sherrie

           (this is a trial time in additon to the 8 AM)

9:15 AM Bikram Yoga with Joanne

NOON Fast-class with Charese

1:30 PM Intro to Advanced  workshop with Brandy and Riji ($50)

3 PM CANCELED (Due to workshop)