OMG I can’t believe I missed Whole Life Yoga’s 15th anniversary! We opened on October 12, 2001, about a month after my father’s death. I didn’t think Dad approved of my decision to quit my management job at Microsoft and open a yoga studio until the day of his funeral. During the eulogy, the pastor mentioned how proud my father was that his daughter decided to dedicate her life to helping others. That sentence has kept me going for the past fifteen years.
So many things have happened since then….
- Literally thousands of people have come through our door to take yoga classes. Almost 15,000 unique individuals, by my best estimate. WOW! Fifteen thousand people that we’ve impacted, hopefully for the better.
- We’ve hosted fourteen teacher trainings, which represents well over 250 yoga teachers that have been certified in the Viniyoga lineage.
- We’ve donated classes to hundreds of nonprofits for auctions and other events.
- We’ve held fundraising events for nonprofits, neighborhood businesses, and friends struggling with illness.
When I opened the studio, the longest I’d stayed with any career was five years. The fact that I still work at Whole Life Yoga after fifteen years is nothing short of astounding.
Running a small business hasn’t been easy, and to be honest, some days I wonder how many more years I have left in me. But I can honestly say there’s nothing I’m more proud of in my life. Thank you to all of you who have been a part of this journey.