Starting off this week, we would like to take a moment to reach out and connect with you about something deeper than just our class schedule. This past week our studio participated in a week long Social Media Muting to in order to listen to and amplify the voices of black teachers, advocates, and activists. During this week, we donated, we listened, and we shared the voices of those who have devoted their lives to dismantling racism and inequality in our communities and our country.
Our vision here at The Pharm, as stated in our mission statement is, “Creating Unity in our Community through movement, mindfulness, and social consciousness.” And, while this is a beautiful sentiment, we know now more than ever that going forward, it will be our actions not our words that will define that mission.
Being a small studio and having been open for less than six months before COVID-19 hit, it has been quite the journey so far in not only maintaining our day to day operations but also expanding and breathing life into our vision of creating a space where we can bring unity and connection.
In the months prior to the pandemic shut down; we found ways to embody our mission through individual membership scholarships, low and no cost educational and healing workshops, fundraisers, and volunteering; however we know that we can do more and that is why moving forward we want to more fully embrace the art of listening.
In this week long pause, it has become so clear to us that going forward, listening to the needs of our community is the most important first step we can take to truly doing better. So, today, this is our invitation to our black community, to our indigenous community, to all people of color within our community, to our LGBTQIA community, to our Accessible community and beyond…
What do you need? How can we support and amplify YOU?
We are listening.
Whether it is hosting a fundraiser to raise scholarship funds for black yoga teachers; offering a free space for community support groups, hosting Accessible Yoga training seminars, bringing Yoga, Meditation, and Dance to under-served schools…we are actively listening and ready to act.
We will inevitably stumble, but as our Yoga practice teaches us, we can find humility, connection and growth even in our failures. The true journey is about continually doing the work, despite failure, despite discomfort, and despite difficulty.
Please visit our ABOUT page to find a multitude of ways to contact us and more about our vision here at The Pharm.
With humble love and gratitude,