if you're like me, your initial experience with yoga was in and out / a bit nonchalant and overall, unsatisfying. the classes i would randomly take left me feeling a little lost, a little bitter (why wasn't i breaking a sweat?) and a little confused...what was the big deal? why was everyone so in love with yoga?
then i moved to vero from nyc. a few friends told me i HAD to take shelley's class and i decided to give it a go. and then, it clicked! it finally clicked...i felt the connection / i understood that if i worked hard at it, i would continue to get better at the poses and i was not only breaking a sweat (a lot of sweat!) i was sore the next day in a great way. the stretching is something i look forward to every week. shelley has a way of keeping the class focused, but light-hearted. just like with most things in life, you get out of it what you put in.
so, i was very excited when she asked that i take some portraits and photos of her studio. for the past five years, the yoga pagoda has been a staple in the community providing various yoga classes for residents...and it is continuing to grow! with a small, gifted area (thanks to local boutique luba!) inside of the studio, one can find many yogi tokens such as tank tops, yoga mats and jewelry amongst other gifts. if you are left feeling a bit thirsty after class, you can grab a cup of kombucha on tap. how cool is that?
i am looking forward to many more sweats and future classes at the yoga pagoda. cheers to shelley and what she is doing here in our community!