Tales From The Mat: The Yoga Chronicles

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By David J. Ramoy Behind all the Down Dog’s and Chaturanga’s, there are genuine, caring teachers with your best interest in mind right in our own backyard. Day in and day out they continue to positively influence our lives one class at a time, continually reminding us that its not our jobs or our to do lists that define us. One such local teacher is Mindy Leventhal, owner and one of the instructors at Simply Yoga in Delray Beach on Federal Highway just South of Linton Blvd. Hi Mindy Tell me about yourself. I am proud mother of 3 who adores being the grandmother of 7 and loves being with all of them as much as I can! I grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, raised my family in Michigan, worked in sales for 20 years, and now am living my dreams and passions in sunny south Florida with my sweetheart of 12 years. At 62 strong, I am living a blessed life and wake up everyday with love & gratitude in my heart. Why did you believe it was your calling to open up a Yoga Studio? Simply Yoga started 8 years ago with a partner though I never had dreamed of being a studio owner. It just fell into place when another studio was clearing the space. I moved to Florida after retiring, thinking I would just teach some yoga here and there! Soon after, when I became the sole owner, everything began to fall into place and open up. I made the commitment to the community of our Simply Yoga students to continue on for the benefit of others and when I let the universe open up to me, it all began failing into place. I began realizing that this was my Dharma, to create this intimate yoga space for like minded people with similar needs, who liked our creative style of Yoga with warm, welcoming teachers who love helping others on their Yogic path. It’s an amazing feeling to wake up everyday knowing you are helping others and that they are benefiting from the teachings …. It’s what I am suppose to be doing and the gratitude in all of this for me, is beyond words, but the love and the smile in my heart feels amazing! What about your Yoga Studio stands out from the rest? We are a Hatha Yoga studio that offers a variety of classes, workshops & events for anyone and everyone. Our classes are very creative & intimate, never the same, offering beginners, Yin, Restorative, and a variety of levels of flow classes along with a teachers training program! We have 16 teachers with over 40 classes a week, working our Sun & Moon rooms, with 2 classes simultaneously going on, giving our students a choice of either an active or passive style for each time slot. While we seem large, our classes are not, and our teachers are able to spend time and pay attention to our students. Our students love the energy and friendliness the moment they walk in the door, and they feel welcomed. Favorite quote to live by: Rumi, the poet…. “Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do” If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Mindy or taking a class at Simply Yoga, I recommend you check it out and go experience it for yourself. Visit www.simplyyogadelray.com. But don’t take my word for it…I will leave you with a Rumi quote of my own. “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” – Rumi Namaste Feel free to visit my Power Vinyasa Flow class at The United States of Fitness Wed 7:30p-8:30p Sunday 12p-1:30p Please check out my Facebook page! Go With The Flow Yoga or contact me at Davidramoy@gmail.com