Yoga on the Deck Summer 2014: Words of Gratitude
Yoga brings people together. Each week you can feel this postive, loving vibe created and it’s what keeps you coming back. It leaves you feeling happy. It feels good to feel the sun on your skin and be at peace with who you are. Community synergy creates positive change! Yoga is more than just poses.
Three years ago, when I moved back to the area- there was no free community fitness classes around town. I was really surprised because everywhere else I have lived had something of that nature and it is such a boost for the community. I always thought of those classes being a “spark” for someone to make a small change in their life. It could be on a health or personal level. It could even be about simply creating some personal time or bonding time with a loved one. I wanted something like that for our community and expressed my thoughts to the City of Green Bay. CityDeck was the perfect spot for it. “Yoga on the Deck” just seemed like a natural fit and the success of it has proven it to be really special.
Over three summers- it has been even more that what I originally envisioned! From 15 people to over 200+ weekly and all from grassroots marketing- mostly word of mouth and Face Book. I have received messages from people saying how it has made an impact on their lives from dealing with a loss of a loved one, to creating a healthy change, to feeling inspired to start a studio class or buy a DVD to do at home and continue to practice because they felt happier. They found their spark in this free class and were able to go on and make a positive change for themselves. It reminds me of the quote “A thousand candles can be lit by a single candle and yet not diminish the first candle’s light. Happiness is never diminished by being shared.” I am grateful to hear how this experience allows many people to find a deeper connection with in their lives.
I want to take a minute to acknowledge some other people who make Yoga on the Deck special. It’s not just me that gives my time, and there are others involved because they have big generous hearts! Thank you to…
The City of Green Bay Recreation Department. They offer a variety of free events and programs throughout the year at affordable prices: http://greenbaywi.gov/parks/
We have had two years with live music provided by amazing local talent! I would like to thank those that participated this summer:
Dave Duffey and Friends
DJS2 Shaun Shouldeen
I’d also like to thank all the Jenstar Yoga teachers (Robin, Amy X, Amy R, Liz, Abby & Laurel) for making an effort to come out and help! You’re the best!
It is always sad to see this summer end so quickly. Thank you everyone for the love, acceptance and amazing energy these last six weeks! This is hands down one of my proudest accomplishments in life. I love sharing yoga in our community. By request, I leave you with the poem I read at the end of class on Tuesday. May you live by these words! See you next summer…
Whatever you give away today
or think or say or do
will multiply about ten fold
and then return to you
It may not come immediately
nor from the obvious source
but the law applies unfailingly,
through some invisible source
Whatever you feel about another
be it love or hate or passion
will surely bounce right back to you
in some clear (or secret) fashion
If you speak about some person
a word of praise or two
soon, tens of other people
will speak kind words of you.
Our thoughts are broadcasts of the soul,
not secrets of the brain
Kind ones bring us happiness
petty ones, untold pain
Giving works as surely
as reflections in a mirror
If hate you send, hate you’ll get back
but loving brings love nearer
Remember as you start this day
and duty crowds your mind
that kindness comes so quickly back
to those who first are kind
Let that thought and this one
direct us through each day
The only things we ever keep
are the things we give away.
——- Author Unknown