April 2012 – April 2016
In January 2011 I moved to Michigan because my (now) ex-husband accepted a job in Menominee. When I arrived in town, I felt like a stranger with no place in the community for me to meet people like me: there was no yoga studio, no health food store, no hippie-dippie store. There was no community for me.
At the suggestion of my mom, I began yoga teacher training at Every Body’s Yoga (EBY) in Green Bay, Wisconsin. For 9 months I trained and taught yoga at EBY, driving the hour to school sometimes 2 and 3 times each week. In Menominee, I began teaching weekly yoga classes at Victory Physical Therapy, the YMCA, Dew Hill Coffee Shop and Tri-Force Martial Arts.
In March 2012, one of my popular teaching locations in Menominee was no longer available for me to use as a teaching space and my students encouraged me to seek a dedicated teaching space. With the help of many students, I opened my first space on April 2, 2012. I called it The Yoga Place.
I taught for nearly a year and started feeling the pinch of too little space as my following grew. During this time, I created my own teacher training certification program, wrote the book for it and trained yoga teachers so that I wasn’t the only one teaching at The Yoga Place (which I renamed “Wellinspire” when we moved into our larger space).
At Wellinspire, I had massage therapists and yoga teachers and a fitness instructor. I taught over 1,700 hours in the classroom, hosted workshops, coaching programs, online courses, weekend retreats, and more.
I managed the social media accounts like Instagram, Facebook, and Linked In, and wrote awesome content for our E-newsletters, and networked with local business.
Instead of capping at 9 and 10 students, like the first studio did… we could fit close to 20 students in our studio space.
When we got so large that I couldn’t do it all on my own, I hired a Studio Assistant who later became my Operations Leader.
In April 2016, I taught my last class at Wellinspire and we had a goodbye party called the Celebration of Wellinspire. I showed a black-and-white movie in the background and we listed to Beirut over our speaker system and came together in celebration.
I regret closing down the studio’s Facebook account, as the comments and memories went back to our first days.