My Journey with In Fine Feather Yoga! I can distinctly remember an experience I had as a child, asking a new kid at school “Hey do you want to be my friend?” and being totally stoked when that answer was “Sure, let’s hang out at recess!” The simplicity of making friends when you’re young is nothing compared to how awkward and uncomfortable it might feel as an adult. So when I was a 26 year old moving to the big bad city of Hamilton from small town Niagara Region, I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to meet people.
Moving to Hamilton to be with my partner has been one of the best decisions I’ve made, but I was definitely hesitant about leaving behind all of my family and friends for an unfamiliar city filled with people I didn’t know. It was an easy decision to find a local yoga studio, because I already had got my feet wet with the practice back home and was starting to love it. Plus, I figured it would be a great opportunity to meet some like-minded individuals.
In Fine Feather wasn’t the first studio I tried in Hamilton, but it was the first one that I felt truly welcomed as part of the community. From the desk staff remembering my name on only my second visit there, to the studio owner being so glad to meet me after seeing my name come up on some recent class schedules and workshop sign-ups, it was truly a warm and inviting atmosphere that I knew I wanted to be a part of.
Making friends at the studio was easy. After seeing some of the same faces in multiple classes and being part of the 30 Day Yoga Challenge with a group of yogis, I was feeling like an important part of the IFF community—a feeling that I didn’t always get from other studios.
After completing the Challenge in my first few months at the studio, I knew I wanted to join the community in a big way. I was thrilled when Helena agreed to have me join the team as an Energy Exchanger; this meant I was able to continue growing in the practice I loved and also continue meeting new people and building lasting friendships.
The people at In Fine Feather, whether it is the instructors, energy exchangers, or students, have all been an integral part of why I keep coming back. I’m happy to say that I have made friends throughout my journey with IFF and will continue to make more, as the community seems to make it so easy.
Thanks to all the wonderful beings I’ve come across in the studio for making this transition a smooth one!