On July 27, SoulSpace Yoga Community on West 7th will celebrate their one-year anniversary. Long-time yoga practitioners Shannon Haddaway and Lauren Wessinger wanted to create a healing and reinvigorating space, a community, a home for those who are seeking a healing and reinvigorating space, a community, and a home. As Lauren says, they had a “vision of a space that you could walk into and know, even for just an hour, that I’ve got this. I can do this thing called life.” They have admirably succeeded.
SoulSpace is a welcoming and safe place for all levels of yoga students; the nervous beginner and the most advanced disciple will find that they are encouraged, challenged, and empowered. The space is mindfully designed – from the tea lounge with colorful and comfortable pillows to the serene white studio with light wood floors, white walls, and light fixtures that float like clouds above you. There are two infrared saunas in which you can relax while easing muscle and joint pain and sweating out toxins. There are two shower/changing rooms that are stocked with green beauty products. (SoulSpace is as green as is possible – they do not sell plastic bottles of water and even the cleaning products are green.)
When I interviewed her, Lauren was justifiably proud that they have a very low teacher turnover. She and Shannon are mindful that they are present for each other, their teachers, and their community. The majority of their teachers have been with SoulSpace since the beginning, creating a true community that supports its members. All of their teachers are exquisitely trained and continue to keep the motto “always a student.” This community energy extends to SoulSpace’s students, who are welcomed and supported through their journey.
To celebrate one year of business, SoulSpace will be offering free classes all day on Wednesday, July 27. Lauren and Shannon are planning several surprises, so check back on their website and Facebook page for more information!
In addition to celebrating their one-year anniversary, SoulSpace is also thrilled to invite you to join them for the Sweet Summer Weekend Yoga Retreat at The Harbor on Possum Kingdom Lake from August 5 through August 7. Lauren told me that “we can’t all get away for a week and fly thousands of miles away, but we can drive an hour for a weekend’s retreat.” As in the studio, all levels of yoga students are welcome. The weekend promises to be a rejuvenating and restorative time with yoga classes on Saturday and Sunday (Friday night, too, if the interest is there), paddleboard yoga on the lake (think savasana floating on the water), nightly meditation, as well as the luxurious rooms and gourmet meals at the Harbor. All are welcome, so click here to register.
For those of you seeking that healing and reinvigorating space, that community, that home, SoulSpace Yoga Community is here for you.
Lee DuBose is a jack of all trades, master of none. She has been a bank teller, a chef and caterer (both in restaurants and in private service), a bookkeeper, a trainer, a legal assistant, and a writer. She is a proud graduate of the University of the South with a degree in Early European History. She planned to be a professor but realized in the nick of time that professors have homework, which she never did when she was a student, so what made her think that she would do it as a professor? While she has not used her degree in her, er, varied employment history, she is fabulous at cocktail parties. Most importantly, Lee is the proud single mother of two absolutely amazing girls, to whom she refers in social media as the Girlchildren.