The Measure of Success

Reporting on the Hummingbird Yoga Open House/Meet and Greet!

How does modern society tend to measure success? By numbers, large amounts of money, appearances, what we drive, good looks, the “perfect body,” the “right” career path, athleticism, ideal style, the list goes on……this is all good in and of itself, but just a bit deeper than the surface, rests the heart of the matter.

Happy place, on my paddleboard, on the Teton River.  Clothing by, Om Shanti Clothing Co.  “Hearts in the Sand”.  Photo by my amazing husband, Fred Graupner.

A very sweet memory for me was a day in a yoga class when the instructor said,      “Live from the heart unapologetically.” I had never heard this quote before, and was so touched by it that I painted it on art paper and hung it up in my room that very afternoon, where it remains to this day.

Hummingbird Yoga had a successful Open House March 16, 2018. An eventful evening of introducing the vision of a studio that supports every walk of life. And introducing the hope of creating a total Wellness Center for our beautiful Teton Valley. As many from the community entered the studio space, it was a joy to embrace each guest with a hug, a supportive smile, and a listening ear. The wonderful sound of many meeting for the first time, friends reconnecting, health practitioners sharing their work and line of expertise. Discussions of hope, vision for positive change, restoration, passion for life, sharing life stories, encouraging and supporting one another.

The guests were invited to create a hot drink from the Hot Chocolate Bar, or sip on any choice of wine, while enjoying different dishes brought by guests. Raffle tickets were available for purchase supporting this month’s non-profit, the Driggs Head Start, and in purchasing additional supplies for the studio. Each participant hopeful of winning any one of the 22 prizes offered from local businesses to support Hummingbird Yoga Studio. Individuals were invited to take a walk through the expansive building to have a greater idea of the Wellness Center vision.  In the mix of events, monthly weekend workshops will be offered in the near future from an array of different presenters, yoga classes offered with further instruction and alignment, a place for growth and new knowledge.

The community is encouraged to come on board with their private practice as a health and wellness practitioner, offering services in any way they feel lead through renting an office, shared space, and/or taking part in weekend wellness workshops each month.  There is interest as well from locals in filling the retail space with their handmade products, jewelry, gift boxes, yoga apparel, local designs, art, and photography.  

It is wonderful to present to you our current on-going lineup of individuals from our community offering their support, wisdom, love of their practice, and bringing it all together under one roof.

*Lori Lloyd , L.AC., MSOM – Acupuncture, Nutrition, and Chinese Herbal Medicine, .  *Dr. Chris Heilman – PhD, ATC, CSCS, mind-set coaching.  *Lou Fiebranz – Certified Massage Therapist.  *Jared Power – The BioDynamic Craniosacral Therapist, RCST and Certified Structural Integration Practitioner,  www.JaredPower.com .   *Ticia Sheets – Certified Rolf Method of Structural Integration, www.mountainsomatics.com .  *Penny Murray – Biofield Tuning Practitioner and Gratitude Gift Boxes.  *Sara White and Amy Herzog – Certified Child, Adolescent, Family, and Individual Counselors.  *Suzanne Leusch – Ayurveda Practitioner. *Adam Williamson – Chairman of Mental Health Coalition.  *Our Yoga instructors:  Ruth Graupner, Bria Gillespie, Niki Markoff, Emily Bedell, and Jen Werlin.  Along with a number of other yoga instructors coming on board this summer.  Many have expressed interest in the vision of a wellness center for Teton Valley.  We have a large retail space available as well.   We would love to see the Wellness Center take root by May 1, 2018.

Success to me is found deep in the truth of self, a life lead by the beating heart, a mind free to live fully, moments of reflection, the desire to always change, to grow, and learn from others. Listening to the vibration and rhythms your soul creates, living “free to be me,” honoring time for self-care. When we live within the structure and confines that we are labeled with, we miss out on all that this journey of life has to offer for the success of self and others.

The Hummingbird Yoga Open House, a successful night to be cherished in the heart of each guest. The buzz of excitement for potential change filling the room, gifting all with a place to heal from the inside out, from the heart, the body, the mind, and the depths of the soul. We are all so magnificently and wonderfully made, we all have talents yet to be discovered as we tune into the divine nature of self. As we discover our purpose we begin to have eyes unveiled to the perfection of the heart beat in others. Helping lead others to discover their highest potential, and then together creating change for the good of community. Restoring, forgiving, loving, trusting, creating together what we want to see in our life, family, home, community, nation, and the world.

Life is but a breath, we may have months or years on this earth, our days numbered. Are we living fully? Do we cherish one another? Are we stepping into our fullest potential? Are we leading with our heart? Do we forgive self and others? How do we live in peace? Is there a smile or hug for those who need love at just the moment you pass by? Are we aware of others’ needs? Do we take time for those we love?

On behalf of Hummingbird Yoga Studio, I want to express a huge heartfelt thank you to all who have been a part of the successful journey!! We have only just begun as we each discover our highest potential, our capabilities and abilities, what brings a smile to our face, and what in a day reminds us that we are each successful! You are a masterpiece!! Each of us perfectly crafted and loved deeply by the Creator. For me, therein lies the true measure of success.

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