When we started Yoga in ME, our primary goal was to create a community where all members feel valued as individuals. In our New Year’s Letter to our community this year, we pledged to keep hosting FREE community events in 2018 as a way to continue to work towards this goal. Coffee & Conversation is one of the ways we are keeping this pledge. We decided to start hosting FREE Coffee & Conversation at our studio once a month in response to feedback from members. Students loved having a chance to get to know other members – and for some of us it’s hard to get up the nerve to talk to the person on the next mat!
Many students say that their favorite thing about our studio is that they feel like they belong here.
I can’t tell you how many people have told me that this is the first place where they have felt like they fit in. As someone who has always felt that I struggled to fit in, this brings tears to my eyes. Every. Single. Time. It is so meaningful to us to be able to offer this feeling of community to our members.
Our goal in hosting this event is to give students a chance to strike up a conversation with other members OFF the mat. We are both introverts, and we know how hard it can be to approach someone new. The concept is simple: this is an opportunity to “go out for coffee” with your new yoga friends. The best part is that you don’t have to go anywhere new or spend any money. We provide the space, free coffee, tea, and snacks. Our members provide the conversation.
If you’re shy about approaching new people, this is the event for you! Conversations have been casual, easy, and inclusive. At today’s coffee & conversation, a first time attendee asked me: “what do you talk about?”. Admittedly, it was hard for me to answer this question because it varies so much from month to month! We’ve talked about books and TV shows, our families, kids, partners, one member’s 13 guinea pigs, gardening, food, the weather – and everything in between!
We hope that you’ll join us for the next coffee & conversation event. We look forward to this opportunity to get to know each and everyone one of you a little better. As well as watching friendships grow – new and old!