Leaving Sonic Yoga: My Next Big Adventure

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Last night, I sent the below e-mail to my community of thousands at Sonic Yoga NYC…

Some saw it coming, others e-mailed in varying states of shock, then volumes of replies came (and continue to come) that have left me feeling nothing but awed and grateful.

So, I thought it’d be a good idea to share it with my community here, as well.

The date was September 10 2001.

I had a 3-month old daughter and I’d just signed the lease on what I hoped would grow into one of the most vibrant yoga communities in New York.

The next morning I awoke to disaster, 9-11. I had to decide, then and there, whether this vision was worth pursuing, while the city reeled under the weight of astonishing loss.

This wasn’t what I’d planned.

But, then, it never is. So, I decided to move forward. A few weeks later, I came to know Lauren Hanna. We had an instant connection and she joined the team to help launch Sonic Yoga NYC on November 19th, 2001.

It’s been more than 7 years and, just as I’d hoped and envisioned, Sonic has indeed blossomed into a giant, international, vibrant, warm-hearted community. People have come and gone. We’ve renovated. And renovated . . . and renovated. And, through all this change, we only grow stronger together.

I am writing to you now to share yet another change.

Many of you know I’ve become passionately involved in writing and speaking on lifestyles and careers over the last few years. And, it’s been my good fortune to be given the chance to publish a new book with my dream publisher. It’ll be out in January and it’s called Career Renegade: How To Make A Great Living Doing What You Love.

But, this note isn’t about the book . . .

For me, this isn’t just a book. It’s the jumping off point for the next leg of my career evolution. This week, Sonic Yoga welcomed a new partner, our much-loved teacher, Johanna Aldrich. And, with her addition . . .

I am also stepping aside as an owner of Sonic Yoga. And, at least for now, as a yoga teacher, too. Though, I’ll remain a member of the teacher training faculty.

It’s time for me to shift my professional energy to the path that lies ahead, writing, speaking and coaching, and focus my yoga energies more on a stronger commitment to my personal practice. I am completely confident that, with Jo and Lauren at the helm, Sonic will continue to grow, to thrive and to embrace the warmth and love that’s defined our beautiful community for the past 7 years.

I cannot tell you all how much it has meant to me to be given the gift of your presence, your hearts and your kindness. Teaching and guiding our incredible community has been one of the most empowering, joyous, uplifting experiences of my life. You’ve allowed me to do what it is that I do. My God, what a gift.

So, thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I’m literally sitting here writing this in tears, but they’re tears of gratitude and tears of excitement for the adventure that’s just now beginning to unfold. I will of course, remain a member of the Sonic Yoga family and, no doubt, you’ll see me bouncing around the studio from time to time.

My last class will be this Monday night at 5:45pm.

I invite you to join me.

Wishing you a holiday season and year ahead filled with friendship, love, passion, compassion and peace.

Much love,



Seems I have this odd knack for evolving when there’s turmoil all around. But, truth is, that’s often when and where the greatest opportunity for growth, impact and success lie.

To the year ahead…I choose hope

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18 responses

18 responses to “Leaving Sonic Yoga: My Next Big Adventure”

  1. Hiro Boga says:

    Jonathan, your courage, clarity and willingness to serve the call inspire me. Thanks so much for this post.

    Wishing you every success with your new book, and many blessings for all that is now unfolding for you.

  2. Hi Jonathan

    Wish you all the best,


  3. Jonathan Fields says:

    @ Hiro & Juliet – Thanks so much, it’s gonna be a helluva 2009!

  4. Jonathan,

    Best premises with your new path! I look forward to the book. I hope we could have a meeting when I am visiting NYC.

    All the Best,

    Martin Lindeskog – American in Spirit.
    Gothenburg, Sweden.

  5. It takes courage and an adventurous spirit to move past something that feels like home and be open to whatever comes next. I truly appreciate those qualitites.

  6. Travis Hill says:


    Your Facebook comment (from a couple of weeks ago) about the coming year makes more sense now. Good luck with it all!

  7. Congratulations, Jonathan! Here’s to a better life, always.

  8. Jonathan Fields says:

    @ Hey guys – thanks for all the well wishes. Leaving something you’ve built from nothing is never an easy thing, even when it’s on great terms, but I am so excited about all of the adventures about to unfold in ’09. 😀

  9. Jonathan,


    As I learned when I sold my interest in a company I co-founded a few years ago, you are only sad if you fail to fill that void with a new venture.

    Career Renegade is that void. Make a difference and I look forward to supporting you along this new journey.


  10. Annie Scott says:

    Jonathan, I’m heartbroken that I cannot make your last class; I have a rehearsal. That said, I wish you all the very best and hope to stay in your loop after you go. I think it’s wonderful, what you do. I’ve met so many people who’ve gone about courageous career changes lately, and I always refer them to your website.

    Best wishes and congratulations on growth!

  11. Kathlyn says:

    Hey Jonathan – congratulations on your new adventure! I am pretty new to your blog but have been enjoying it, and the Career Renegade profiles as well. Just wanted to say that your mention of starting your yoga business the day before 9/11 was a nice reminder to me. My last day at my “stable” full-time job was 9/19 of this year – four days after the economy basically shut down. Since then, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked why I quit my job now. Reading the beginning of your story is a great reminder to me that the events of the world don’t have to flatten you and it’s never a good time, so it’s really always a good time.

    I think 2009 is going to wow us all…

    Congrats again – looking forward to all of it!


  12. Sarah says:

    Congratulations on leaving, although it is sad, I am sure you will do great things in the future.

    But what are you planning for you next big adventure?

    Best wishes in the future.

  13. Justin says:

    I didn’t know you owned a Yoga place. That’s pretty awesome. It’s sad that you have to leave it, but it’s to go on to better things.

  14. Kelly Newsome says:

    Congrats on this exciting move — sad to see you go, of course, but completely thrilled to see you share your stuff — yoga and business prowess alike — with the rest of the world!

  15. Glen Allsopp says:

    I can’t imagine how tough a decision that must have been for you. I look forward to seeing what you do next!


  16. Lars says:

    From the early days at Sedona I have witnessed your growth first hand. You are an inspiration to all and I am proud to know you. Wishing you luck seems pointless because I know you will conquer anything you set your mind to. Peace my friend!