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.
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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