For Rent

Updated: Jun 10, 2019


Photo taken June 2018

In two days, I will celebrate what feels like a lifetime ago. A vision I had in my mind that would bring stability to my life and purpose to my dreams. A vision [to be honest] I wasn't sure was possible. I've never been a person who could plan ahead or map out my longterm goals, I enjoy living in the present moment day-to-day. I remember driving home from a clients house and I saw a red and white "For Rent" sign out of the corner of my eye. I hesitated to press on the breaks unsure of what my heart saw and of course having a doubtful mind. I almost drove by it but I decided to stop to ask, "how much?" I still remember every detail from that day, the day I decided to open my own yoga studio. The same day, I decided I no longer wanted to work for multiple jobs that weren't serving me. June is a special season for me because it's the month I decided to invest in myself. I decided my dreams had a purpose and they deserved a chance to happen. I opened Nkisoy Yoga Studio on June 9th, 2018. After facing a difficult year losing my mother and returning from a spiritual awakening trip to Bali, Indonesia...I did it! Looking back I can't imagine myself doing anything else, this is where I belong. I truly believe the universe has aligned accordingly. I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be in my life at this very moment. There are no mistakes. Everything I've worked hard for is living in the spirit of this studio, every letdown, every long day, every obstacle and every person that told me "no". I was recently asked, "Do you have any regrets?" I have no regrets. I only have more drive to continue to grow and live out my purpose.


A journey of our first year, enjoy!



Things I've learned about myself in the first year:

1. I have the ability to create what I feel is missing in the yoga industry

2. Everyone is in need of love, happiness, safety and wants to be heard

3. I created a safe space for myself and others to be vulnerable

4. Learning about the abilities, disabilities, strengths, and weakness of others is beautiful

5. Learning that we are all one

6. Finding the balance to offer my energy to others but to also protect my energy for myself

7. Learning you can't make everyone happy, nor should you

8. Showing gratitude every day I get to unlock and lock the studio doors

9. Burning the same sage bundle I purchased on day one of opening, it's sacred and still whole

10. Meeting new students in their journeys from beginners to students deep into their practice

11. Knowing that this is just the beginning

12. Having faith on days I felt most challenged and exhausted

13. Not responding to everyone/everything all of the time, filter and move on

14. Seeing myself grow as a businesswoman, my mother would be proud

15. Smelling the old incenses burned [studio scent] every time I walk in, it's nostalgic

16. Standing up for myself is key

17. Allowing my creativity to finally have a home

18. Encouraging diversity is welcoming because it's needed in so many ways

19. Don't ever change yourself or your style of teaching because what you're doing has value

20. You have a voice, listen to it


The list can go on and on but I just want to share a glimpse inside our first year and what I'm feeling emotionally. I have so much to be thankful for; every person who has walked in to say 'hello', taken a class, invited a friend, shared a flyer, reposted an event, for every person who's written a review, who has opened their hearts during a class, participated in building community, invested in the business or just shared words of encouragement. Our most meaningful mantra: Thank you, thank you, thank you. Namaste.


Peace & Love,

Nicole



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