When I conducted my first teacher training in Seattle, just south of town, there were twenty-four bright faces nervously smiling back at me. In the midst of those smiles stood one exceptional person who immediately captured my attention. She introduced herself with confidence and conviction. Decidely, she said that day she resigned from her job in the legal field to focus 100% on her primary passion which was Hot Hatha yoga, to become a yoga teacher with aspirations of opening her own studio. Her name was Nicole.
But today this story starts with two chapters. The following summer, during a teacher training in Bellevue, Nicole’s sister, Celeste, was taking her course in Vinyasa. At first glance, there were many similarities in style. Even my little girl, who worshipped Nicole when she met her at the first teacher training, asked if Celeste was “her Nicole”. But Celeste is nothing like Nicole. Celeste brings her own person and awareness to her studies. Having her study with me again this summer, I was thrilled to see her how practice has blossomed over the past year.
It is lovely to fast forward years later and revisit the sisters, see their beautiful studio, and to be invited back to teach and train. As a teacher, it is always a great pleasure, if not the ultimate one, to see my students realize their dreams and deliver a solid yoga experience for their students. There is alot of garbage out there, sadly. Well-intended though it may be, finding and experiencing a good yoga studio matters in many ways. Get Hot Yoga is a stunningly well-appointed and intimate yoga studio that has a Cheers feel (without the beer and a guy named Norm). Plus their attention to personal details (which I intentionally do not list so you can go and live it yourself!), their focus on their customers, and the cleanliness of their studio helps create an overall environment committed to one’s well-being. This is just what the community of Maple Valley needs.
As I know a bit about their personalities, it is also great to see sisters working together for a common good, working on communications, and finding ways together to remain committed to the studio, their practice and their community. Not sure my sister and I could have pulled this one off so well, so kudos for that, too!
So impressed by how quickly they have created a community for yoga in Maple Valley, I asked them to share their story both as yoga teachers, as practitioners of yoga and as studio owners. Check it out!
AV: Share your sources of inspiration.
GHY: The main inspiration behind opening a studio was we wanted to share our passion of yoga with our community, in the town we were raised in, making it accessible to everyone. Being raised in a family of chiropractors, we have always believed in natural ways of healing. Going in to something like this, we knew that no matter what we can trust each other 100% and at the end of the day we are sisters and love each other dearly.
AV: What has proven to be the most rewarding part of this endeavor you two have taken on together?
GHY: The best part about having the studio is no doubt seeing and hearing all the beautiful changes our students have made in their lives physically and emotionally after incorporating yoga into their lives. We feel like we have created a small family with in the community amongst the instructors and students.
AV: Everyone knows teaching and practicing is a tough job. How do you do it AND find time to keep the studio clean, books updated, and everything running smoothly?
GHY: Finding balance in running the studio, teaching, and continuing our personal practices in all honesty, is not easy.
The students remind us why we are doing this.
Seeing their dedication and improvement in their personal practices is inspiring and the energy in the room is contagious. We want to give the students what they want and need, so continuing in our own practice is necessary. Also to de-stress and breath! One truth; What you constantly tell yourself, negative or positive, most likely is how your life pans out to be. Also, there is only one way to live, and that is doing the things that make your heart sing.
AV: We all have the one posture we struggle with as teachers, especially feeling the pressure to appear invincible to our students. Tell me something about either a posture you embrace, or one that continues to challenge:
Nicole: Ustrasana. This posture personally never gets any easier. It has always been and will always be a challenge for me. I find myself trying to get deeper and moving further into the posture, but I can still always feel the benefits behind it. And I love dancers pose, because it’s graceful and so beautiful.
Celeste: I love eka pada galavasana because during my TT I just could not get it.
One day it just happened; I felt like I was flying!
It was one of my more memorable challenges, and I’m still working on it. Also floor bow, I always look forward to that one.
Interesting to note both sisters mention backbending postures in light of their family business of chiropractors. I guess there are some things they do have in common.
Also, I would like to congratulation Celeste, Nicole and the Get Hot Yoga MV family on their first year anniversary in business.
Check out Get Hot Yoga at gethotyogamv.com.
Get Hot Yoga – Maple Valley
27203 216th Avenue SE
Maple Valley, WA 98038