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Raw Yoga: More Than Yoga

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Sacramento has some great yoga. Really, really, outstanding yoga.

Sacramento also has lots of places to sweat. Really, really, outstanding places to get, be, or stay fit with a community.

Sacramento has lots of those places, and it is beginning to offer those spaces for all bodies, and we are proud to be a part of that creation.

We offer a space for black and brown bodies, differently abled bodies, differently sized bodies, non-binary bodies, LGBTQ+ bodies, and otherwise marginalized bodies of people who want and need a safe place to practice yoga in a community that sees, values, and honors their experiences.

Yoga changed my life, it changed Romel’s life, and it has proved time and time again to be the pathway to healing, joy, growth, community, and realizing our dreams. We chose to be yoga teachers so we could share that gift with others and help change the world one breath at a time.

When Romel and I started RAW, we knew that what we wanted to offer was something different than what was already here. We honor and enjoy what the Sacramento yoga community has to offer, and, still, we saw a gap. A gap that we had the resources, training, and a genuine interest in filling. So here we are now, working to fill that gap.

It has not been smooth, simple, or easy. It—in exactly the way that growth happens—has been painful, complicated, and challenging. It’s been very real. We have always been 100% authentic about who we are and what we’re up to here. And, it has in no small way been wild.

Learning to be business owners when we are both educators by occupation and social justice advocates by training has pushed us so far outside of our own comfort zones that at times, our lives are unrecognizable—even to us. As it turns out, having an idea and executing an idea successfully are two entirely different concepts.  Sharing that idea well, people believing  in your idea—enough that they are willing to exchange their time and hard earned money to be a part of it, is. . . humbling.

We, as parents of three children, are learning to balance the very real and unexpectedly large financial and energetic costs of small business ownership that honors our beliefs and commitments about making yoga accessible to everyone, as it was always intended to be.

In showing up as our most authentic selves, we are learning to see ourselves even better. We can identify where we are amazing, and where we are less than stellar, and where we are totally missing the mark. I’m personally learning that I’m not actually great at everything. In fact, I’m really only masterful at doing a couple of key things, good at a handful of others and just trying too hard to be passable at the rest. I’m also learning how essential it is to place boundaries on my own time and energy because my “go big or go home” work ethic is impacting my family, my health, and my happiness.

Yikes, right?

So why do I share this with you? Why do we bother explaining our struggle with you?

Because it’s real. It’s authentic. It’s wild to talk about the things that no entrepreneur wants to talk about in public.

We are not perfect. We do not have all the answers. We make mistakes. We get messy. We do dumb things. And still, we do incredible things with incredible people.

Our teachers are highly skilled experts in their craft. They are kind, compassionate guides who know how to see and move energy in a safe space. They see you, just as you are, and they welcome you. I have never been prouder to be a part of a team. Together, we recommit again and again to being real, authentic, and wild so we can help you do that too.

If you’re looking for a perfectly curated version of yoga studio ownership, or yoga studio membership, this isn’t it. But, if you’re looking for a place where you can show up as you, wearing whatever you’ve got on (preferably something you can stretch in, but do your thing), and feel what you feel, say what you say, stand for what you stand for, and know that all you have to do is be here and breathe—then we’ve got you.

This is my space. This is her space. This is his space. This is their space. This, is your space.

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