A Year To Remember

Be Well Be Happy

March 1 is Ocean Bliss Yoga’s One Year Anniversary at the beautiful Belle Harbor Yacht Club. It is hard to believe one year has gone by. We are thankful to John McCann and the entire BHYC board members for welcoming us into their home. It is a beautiful place and we are honored to serve our community. Our intention was to create a sacred space where one could come to connect to body, mind and spirit in a very special way helping one to find peace and balance. Thank you for helping us to build this space. It is above and beyond our expectations. 

To be fearless is to be courageous. Everyone has fear of failure. However, taking the leap has made all the difference in creating this story. Paulette Mancuso is the brains behind this business endeavor. Without my good friend and colleague, I would not have been brave enough to start a business. It takes a lot of forethought and planning to start a business. There are the weekly meetings, the shopping for studio supplies, designing the studio, finding a logo, (we almost have one thanks to Linda Humphrey), scheduling teachers, upkeep of the website and installation of Mind Body online, which connects Rockaway and beyond with our wellness community. The list goes on. The old saying, “if you love what you do, you will never have to work a day in your life,” applies to our love of offering yoga here at Ocean Bliss. It has been an amazing year with so much love and support from everyone in this community. This work has been extremely rewarding but I must give most of the credit to Paulette who is on top of the everyday workings of the studio. Thank you, Paulette, for being a loyal, true blue friend.

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of values,” Albert Einstein said. This emulates our studio and the teachers who selflessly give of themselves. We wanted to create a space that was welcoming and open to all levels. We thank each and every one of you for helping to make Ocean Bliss Yoga a success with your wisdom and knowledge. You are all so generous, compassionate and kind. Denise Lee, Kathy Pastina, Sarah Arikian, Christina Cruz, Christine Walker, and Jackie Kenel, we are forever grateful for your service. Without this team, we would not be who we are today. It is an honor to work with all of you. We need one another and lean on each other for support and guidance. We are all lifelong learners who enjoy sharing this passion for health through movement of body, breath and mind.

Finally, thank you to Kevin Boyle for giving us an opportunity to write a column about being happy and well. At first, we didn’t know if we had what it takes to write a weekly column. There are some weeks it is really hard to come up with a topic. We now know the true meaning of writer’s block — especially when you are not feeling happy or healthy. But yoga has taught us so much about being happy and well, even when times are tough. Life can be difficult at times, so we try to pass along to our students some tools to help deal with the ups and downs on the path, so they can integrate them into their life off the mat.

Teaching yoga at Ocean Bliss Yoga has been a lifesaver, not only for Paulette and me, but for many people who walk through our doors. We are truly honored and humbled to serve in Rockaway teaching what we love. Build it and they will come! Thank you.

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