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3A Pond Road  Gloucester, MA 01930

To find us, turn onto Pond Road and take your first right after the Common Crow down our long driveway. We are the big blue buidling straight ahead. There is FREE parking in front of the building.

 

 

 

While you're here, be sure to check out our neighbors at The Well for Integrative Medicine. 

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Yoga. My gift to me.

 

 

I first started dabbling in yoga 17 years ago.  I know this, because my now 17-year-old daughter was an infant.  I took a class at a local gym one night to get out of the house.  What followed was the BEST night’s sleep I had had in months.  I mean really restful, deep, glorious sleep.  What was this magic?  Any new parent can appreciate this, but to a single mom, this was GINORMOUS!!  More please! So…I started taking classes here and there.  Self-care was pretty low on the to-do list in those days, but curiosity and interest grew.

 

A few years later, an amazing friend asked if I’d like to join her for a yoga class that her friend was teaching Thursday mornings in her home. Ooooh yes please!  Each week, my mat and I hid in the back corner, so happy to be there, but feeling insecure. Still, I showed up, I practiced and… I breathed.  Ahhhhhh.  Guided by the MOST generous, loving and skillful teacher (lucky to now call her one of my dearest friends) and surrounded by a warm, welcoming community of remarkable women, over the years I grew stronger, more confident and more passionate about practicing. That one invitation changed my life in countless beautiful ways.

 

Officially in love, yoga became a regular part of my life. I started taking additional studio classes a few times a week.   Through relationships, jobs, injuries, loss, adventures and so much joy, yoga has been my “go to” companion for self-care, my reliable anchor.  Today… I’m in the throws of major life transformation. I teeter between unsettled anxiety and irrepressible optimism and excitement for what’s to come.  So what do I do?  YOGA!  At least 5x a week. On my mat I feel sweet release, I feel strong, I feel grounded, but most importantly, I FEEL whatever needs to be felt.  Acknowledging and honoring that feeling (no matter what it is) always makes me better after class than I was before. Yoga brings me closer to creating my next wild and wonderful chapter. And that truly is a gift. Practice and All is Coming. I believe!!

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