“Be inspired but not proud.”
― B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life.
To sustain a yoga business and friendly yoga community, it takes a village of an ethical business practice, participating students and teachers. From a business point of view, I am blessed with how cordial and supportive the neighboring businesses in Ballard have been to Seattle Iyengar Yoga Studio. Mike, the owner of Cannery two doors over, often keeps an eye on the building and refers walk-ins to our website when the studio is closed and updates me with other activities in the neighborhood. EAT Ballard, a wonderful digital commons for what is going on in Ballard, shares one of our Facebook posts on the importance of having well-trained yoga teachers.
From a lead teacher’s perspective, on the other hand, I am pleased to see the slow yet healthy formation of dedicated students to the community and to Iyengar Yoga.
One of SIYS’s missions is to establish a welcoming place for studying and teaching that would embody the highest standards of practice of yoga. As an Intermediate Junior II Iyengar Certified teacher, I offer a year-long apprenticeship program for aspiring teachers. (For more information on the apprenticeship, please email the studio.) To further this mission, SIYS is committed to a work-study program for aspiring teachers and students on the path of Iyengar Yoga.
Brooke and Hiroko have been apprenticing with me since October 2014. Brooke has been a student of Iyengar Yoga since 2010 and Hiroko since 2011. They attend classes weekly, set aside time for their study materials assigned by me and offer, without being asked, a positive and friendly presence at Seattle Iyengar Yoga Studio. Currently Brooke and Hiroko are also part of the work-study program and contribute significantly to the day-to-day maintenance of the studio space: cleaning, props organization such as re-folding the blankets, A-frame schedule in Ballard and many more. It is often the small things that build up a community, even if they are not visible at times. It is a form of kriya, a devotional service as mentioned in yoga philosophy. Thank you!