Yep, it’s a new year! With a new year, lots of new things happen. Pretty much everyone we know is motivated to set goals and intentions for the year as well as take on opportunities. I am no exception…
Some of you many know, Leah Manderson, the founder of the Atlanta Yoga Scene, has moved on to enjoy her newlywed life. (Congrats, Leah!). I am now navigating the AYS, and will do my best to carry the torch. This is a new endeavor for me. One, I am no writer, but I love to share and connect with the community. It feels like the right fit. I’m excited to try something new. Something like this that will push me to see what I’m capable of. Bring it on!
There will be a few new and exciting changes to the AYS. For one, its not about me and just my perspective. There will be a handful of committed yogis, (teachers & students), from the community contributing to the AYS who will be regular voices here, such as Octavia Raheem, Meryl Bryant Arnett, Reanna Knotts, Mandy Roberts, Rachelle Knowles, Emily Hassman, Marlysa Sullivan, Heather Ambrosi, Todd LaBerge, and more! I’m really excited about this as it takes community to create community.
Another great thing that AYS will be taking a stand for is having integrity around community. The website as you know, is a place to find out what events are happening, shed light on studios and teachers, and create conversation about all things related to the yoga tradition. We feel it is important that this website is a mutual relationship and reflects what community is. In order to for the AYS to support you, your studio, yourself as a teacher, we will be upholding core values that are essential to building community.
We will be relaunching the mission statement of the AYS to incorporate what we feel is important to foster community. Here are some examples of what you should expect to find in the future AYS mission statement:
1. Studios offer community classes.
2. Teachers volunteer and teach community classes.
3. All who are posted on the AYS are in harmonious relationships with the greater community and fully committed to elevate each other.
4. We all support each other’s events! (Studios support their teachers and other studios- yep, it can happen!).
Since we’re talking goals and intentions, I’ll share my personal one for this year… to be vulnerable. I’m pretty sure taking on a living, breathing, established website will be the prescription to do this. What is your intention for the year? Please share in the comments! Lets make them happen together and make our community even better! Cheers to 2013! This year will be great, I can feel it!