I took a class this morning at The Studio Yoga on South Jennings in the Near Southside. My client and friend Loren Boyd opened this studio this past summer, and I love how she’s beautified the space and built a strong brand. In addition to teaching yoga, she designs logos and websites, so it’s always exciting to collaborate with her and see how she incorporates the photos I create into her online presence.
And, well, the yoga is incredible. Over the past year, I generally stretch on the floor in my living room because I spend my days hovered over a computer or with a camera in my hand. What was incredible? I mean, first of all, I didn’t get up to do a load of laundry in the middle of my practice. Also, there were no dogs and children playing underneath me in plank.
My son frequently says, “Mum, you do yoga with me?” And, it feels like a dream come true. One, to have a son. Two, to have a son who asks me to do yoga. But, then, get this: after I begin practicing with him (he likes Cosmic Kids Yoga), he says, “Mum, you’re doing it all wrong!”
Doesn’t he know who I think I am?! I taught yoga from 2011 to 2018, here in Fort Worth, when about six inches between mats was the norm. Sometimes in the evenings when people would be streaming in the door, I would joke “Two to a mat!” I think we’re all missing our community. The room at The Studio is socially distanced, unlike the days of old. And, there’s always a mix of women and men, younger and older folks. The yoga is hot and can be hard, but the teachers invite you to do what you like. As I used to say, “If you like, just skip it.” As a person with a part-time trauma therapy practice, I appreciate the ways in which the yoga community continues to become more sensitive to trauma.
After practicing Cosmic Kids Yoga for the past pandemic year, a class inside a studio was a dream. If you’re looking for a place to practice yoga or a space to rent for a yoga photoshoot, check out The Studio.