How did we get here? We started looking for a lease in Marin in January of 2012, while visiting for Yoga Journal San Francisco. We drive around Marin from Mill Valley to Fairfax writing down numbers and calling about spaces. We returned home to Cleveland with a mild depression (something about leaving 70 and sunny for snow combined with a seemingly impossible task of moving).
It took a few weeks to get the family on board, resulting in a short weekend trip back to the Bay Area to look at houses and schools and convince the kids they would LOVE Marin. That is when the real work began.
While we packed our lives up, including our business, we continued to look for the perfect space for our studio. We talked with landlords and negotiated terms, striking out 3 times in a row. As 2012 ended, we celebrated our new lives in Marin, indulging in amazing schools, the farmers market, hiking and biking Mt. Tam. One thing was missing, our studio.
We looked at Yoga Tree opening in Corte Madera with envy, a large beautiful space almost exactly how we pictured it! With a heavy heart we postponed the dream and rented an amazing editing suite in San Rafael. This empowered us to get our video business in order and clean up our process for finishing yoga videos. As we worked, we knew something was missing and we started looking for a space again.
We went back to our favorite space in the center of San Anselmo and told the landlord that we still loved the space and wanted to make a deal. We looked at what was negotiable and what was non-negotiable and found a place to meet in the middle. As the weeks went by without a lease signed we did our practice. Breathe and Observe. Practice non-judgement and create Commitments. We took a big step and started building our website, without even having a studio!
Baron Baptiste says “Stand in front of your past and let it be.” After 3 years of hoping and running into walls, we have started transforming our dream into a reality. We are living in the now!
We created the Commitment to open our studio by May of 2013 and patiently directed our energy towards accomplishing that goal. With a combination of timing and positive energy, we officially signed our lease on April 16, 2013!
What’s next? We are taking out a conference room and putting in oil finished floors. A little bit of blood sweat and tears and we are going to be opening! Updates to follow!