Maybe the hardest part of this entire journey was putting a name to my yoga studio. I contemplated everything from A to Z and then in the least expecting moment, YOGA SEVEN came to me while sitting under my fluorescent bulbs, eeer my office for my day job. While many of us consider 7 lucky, I never did. My favorite number is 17, but 7 never did anything for me, until now. Everything I was doing centered on the number 7. There are 7 chakras or energy centers according to yoga philosophy; I was certified and planning for 7 class formats and exploring ways to keep my studio open 7 days a week. Once I began looking for building spaces, I was energetically pulled to the building on the 7th block on Hampshire Street. The number 7 spiritually represents wisdom-seeker or inventor. It seemed 7’s were everywhere.
My amazing friend, Sarah, came up with a few logos and my voting panel, Lindsay (my sister) and Casey (my sister from a different mista) voted on writing it out as Yoga7even. Certain to be mis-pronounced, constantly mis-spelled and even questioned by a few, it was unique enough to stick. Yoga7even was born. I remember walking home after work feeling ecstatic. I couldn’t wait to tell everyone about my light bulb moment and start planning a yoga studio with a name!
Challenges, hurdles and nerves made me talk myself straight out of this adventure nearly every day. But then, I would walk into a Chicago yoga studio to either teach or roll out my own mat and immediately I was re-energized to make this happen.
Click, click, click…I feel like the roller coaster is at the top of the very 1st hill. In 3 short days, nearly 2-years of planning will come to life and I’ll take the ride on the Yoga7even roller coaster with my arms in the air!
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