For the past 8+ years, I have taught 1000+ yoga classes a year – generally an average of 22 classes per week, including public classes, private sessions, corporate venues, sports teams, workshops and seminars. And it has been great!
At the same time, I have yet to master the art of being in two places at once: Where my body is, is where I am. Yet life has gotten busy and I may not always be able to teach all these classes. In fact that phase has already begun. So I was thinking – what to do? Shall I just drop a popular class simply because I do not have the time to teach it, or should I look into a more creative, sustainable solution.
I chose the latter.
But it was not an easy decision to arrive at. Firstly, because I will simply miss not being present at all classes; and, secondly, because unlike most studios, there is no “front desk” person per se. That means any other teacher would have to be a part-time studio manager as well.
Nonetheless, I think the time has come and we are now entering a new phase: I will no longer be teaching the Tuesday evening Yoga Tone class. I told everyone in class about my decision this past Tuesday, and while I will certainly miss it, I feel this ushers in a new era of greater flexibility and sustainability for Renaissance Yoga, which is really all of you who attend the classes and make up our community.
Why should your practice be limited by my own scheduling issues. And besides, I found the perfect person to bring on board and carry the banner of Renaissance Yoga.
Meet Katharine (Kate) Spano. Kate has been coming to our classes for 4+ years, and has also successfully completed a high-quality yoga teacher training program. At present she is teaching 4 – 6 classes a week at other studios. Perhaps more than that, she is a kind-hearted, warm, sensitive person who will be able to beautifully take over the reins of the Tuesday night class. More about Kate will be posted in the coming days in the form of a podcast. A few things I can add here are that she is local (Davidsonville), a new mom, and she is excited to come on board! Over the years she has been featured in some of our blog posts, including this one, if you wish to see her picture. And here she is with her son, Luke. And here she is with her mom.
All in all, I think this is a great development as Kate will be a wonderful addition to our “staff”; plus this may allow me to bring in other new dynamics to our offerings. I do feel it is a win-win situation. Rather than losing a class, you are gaining a teacher, and who knows what more tidings this may bring in the future.
So please do embrace this as an opportunity to expand your practice: Come on out to the Yoga Tone class on Tuesdays at 7p at Christ Church Parish Hall, 204 Owensville Rd (Rt 255), Owensville. I will be teaching my final class there this Tuesday, Jan 15, and Kate will be starting up on Jan 22.
Thank you so much Kate – I know you have lots to offer and that people will find you to be a genuine and true guide, on the mat and off it. So come on out everyone and support this bright, new era!!!
A Few Matters of Operations:
1. Those registering for the Yoga Tone class will make their check out to “Katharine Spano”.
2. Monthly pass holders will be able to attend this class, as usual.
3. Walk-ins will pay Kate directly.
4. You may use this class as a make-up for our other yoga offerings as well.