Several years ago, before Innerwork was built, a long-time student and I were mulling over the joys of offering the richness of Purna Yoga to the Jacksonville area.
While this yoga studio we talked about had no location except in imagination, there was knowingness in our conversation that we knew it would appear. She is a wise woman who knew that when the heart and mind unite in a dream, the presentation of the reality “just happens”
(countering the common bumper sticker of “Sh_t Happens!”). So do dreams happen.
Continuing to play with the thought – the best way to think! – this student said, “You need a catchy name, a fun name that goes with the smiles, a fun name to let people know of the joy of Purna Yoga. People will delight in feeling lighter, freer, and renewed! As we pondered what name could capture all this bliss, my friend exclaimed, “Since you offer the Great Wall of Yoga, you should call it ‘The Hangout’!”
We laughed a few minutes at how cute the logo could look with a stick figure on a little cartoon wall. This studio could be a hangout – a place where people enjoy spending time. But true to my heart, I knew this yoga center could not market cuteness and comfort alone, knowing future students would leave classes feeling hugely joyful, unbounded, nourished, abundant, as well as very peaceful. Purna Yoga enables so much transformation, and to find a name for this space needed more thought. Yet my friend and I would continue to revisit our “hangout” laugh from time to time and smile knowing a proper space and a proper name would one day evolve. We would hold that possibility and continue to think about a name.
Around that time, I was offering Purna Yoga meditation as taught by Savitri, a cofounder of Alive and Shine Yoga Center, to women with a breast cancer diagnosis and women going through the physical and emotional ordeal of cancer treatment. Over these classes, a dear student became a friend. She developed a regular meditative practice, and as a result, saw many shifts in her life: Her stress level decreased, her relationships became more loving, and a sparkle of joy came back into her eyes. Most importantly, she transcended being “sick” and became strong and giving. She was no longer a patient. Seeing these changes, her friends now desired to learn to meditate.
At that time, a seed was sown in my heart that the “dream studio” could humbly serve fellow cancer survivors, fellow sisters and brothers, anyone who is stressed for whatever reason. Also the studio would dedicate all classes to helping every student find health and balance in our hectic and sometimes unbalanced world. Even the robust healthy students will find depth in Innerwork training.
So here Innerwork is now OPEN IN OUR DREAM LOCATION! We offer two studios for you to grow and transform: Yoga and Pilates. You will find classes to help you discover your strength, flexibility, joy and peace.
Your heart will expand as you transform. So check out our schedule – it’s growing all the time, too! Amy and Laurie are on board, bringing their great training and dedication to Innerwork students with grace and beauty.
But back to the name: How did the studio become “Innerwork”? In 2005, I was studying with Senior Teacher Aadil Palkhivala when he commented that getting the body into a yoga pose is just calisthenics. True yoga is about getting inside (your true self versus your body) and observing the incongruities, the stress, the non-cohesive tendencies modern life presses upon us and then choosing to DO THE INNERWORK and bring all to joy.
I add another insight to the word: Imagine a beautiful Swiss watch with precise movement, each part moves perfectly in sync with the others, there are shining jewels within. At Innerwork, we’ll help you find more alignment in your body (precision), you will feel the grace (synchronicity), and you will shine like a rare ruby.
We welcome you to hang out with us as you do your Inner Work!