It is hard to believe but Yogatique rolled out its first mat just over a year ago.
So much has happened in that time.
If you have been following us for the last year, you may remember that for the first month we had no power and had to run an extension cord out the staircase window and downstairs to our landlord’s office to power the lights and fans in the studio. The bathrooms were still in the dark (we set out flashlights so people could see). We survived three separate rounds of construction, most recently our neighbors ( for a while we were pretty sure that they were going to bring the building down around us), the local color of the Ya Dong stand next door (only in Thailand could you open a Yoga studio next to a roadside booze stand), a leaking roof, a less than perfect location, very little parking, a change in landlords (our new landlord is the best), a broken water pump, no shower (we have a shower now), sleepless nights, long hours working opposite shifts and many things that only Max and I know about.
Here we are at the other end, a year later.
When we set out, we talked about building a community and when we look around us it feels like we really have. For all the obstacles that have occurred over the past year, there has been just as many wonderful things happen: we have had over 52 Karma yoga classes in the studio and the money raised has gone to helping dogs, cats, kids and most recently elephants. We were the first studio in Bangkok to raise awareness for abandoned cats with PAWS cat shelter with “Do Yoga with Cats (and maybe adopt one) ” Yoga classes. We have been able to share the practices of over 60 yoga teachers with the community, many of these were new teachers we have had the privileged of watching them grow into experienced and fantastic Yogis. We have joined forces with other local Yoga studios and raised funds for Nepal after the earthquakes. We have drank wine and eaten chocolate after Yin Yoga. We had filled the studio with Men (also for the first time in Bangkok) and watched them grunt, sweat and bond over Yoga and fresh coconuts. We have had potlucks to celebrate turning points and given away great gifts from other local business partners.
We have had the opportunity to meet so many great people from all over the world. We also feel that we have been embraced by our own local community, many of who probably thought that we were out of our minds when we first started introducing ourselves around the ‘hood. Now when I leave the studio, I’m greeted as Kru Yoga or P’ Yoga, which makes me smile every time I hear it.
We had been talking to Marc Bauchet for a number of months about holding an Acro Yoga workshop in the studio. We had heard great things about Marc, but for one reason or another the timing was never quite right. A few months ago Marc and I were talking and he said he was coming through Bangkok in September. What better way to celebrate our anniversary than with an Acro Yoga workshops, we set the date and true to what I was told, Marc did not disappoint. There was an excellent turn out and I think everyone in attendance would agree that it was a blast. New friends were made and bonds were formed. Included are some of the highlights of the two-day event.
Thank you to everyone that made the weekend such a great success. We are currently trying to get Marc back in the studio in the new year.
Thank you to everyone that shares the studio with us, there are too many to name, but know if you have walked up the stairs and sat down on a mat, you are part of this community. You have made the last year one of the most memorable in our lives.
If you have not come to meet us or practice with us, please do…we would be happy to set out a mat for you.
Sherri (Minh) Lowe is a 200 Hour RYT ( who is working her way towards her 200 hour E- RYT one yoga class at a time) and co-founder of Yogatique Bangkok. She is a fifty-one year old Canadian transplant living in Bangkok. When she is not on her yoga mat, she enjoys cycling, trying new vegan recipes, a cold beer, lingering in coffee shops and exploring Bangkok. When not pursing these activities, she is writing about them in various on line publications