Client Gives New Meaning to ‘Yoga Mama!’
Now that my back is somewhat broken from 44 seasons of skiing, I’ve recently begun the practice of yoga. Very Boulder of me, I know. But it’s actually working. I’ve also recently begun work with a new nonprofit that’s using yoga as its axis of education, inspiration and networking for local families during pregnancy, birth and early childhood. Many different philosophies and approaches to child birth and parenting are presented without judgment or bias. It’s no wonder my experience with Colorado nonprofit clients has continually inspired me since I first moved to Boulder back in 1995.
And while yoga is a main-course menu item, The Family Garden is no ordinary yoga studio. Founder, Debbie Lane, is both a practicing doula and birth educator whose vision is much broader than that. Beyond yoga, The Family Garden offers classes in child birth education, fitness, parenting, wellness and community building, along with parent/child activities, support groups, networking events, and even moms’ kickboxing! A sliding scale allows all community members to access the support and information they need, while those with greater financial resources can sponsor class costs for others. This is all done anonymously in honor of dignity and friendship building.
Initial funding of The Family Garden comes from a private family foundation, but long-term success depends on community-wide involvement. That shouldn’t be too hard to achieve. Free child care coupled with the studio and other amenities (locker rooms, showers, classroom, living room, free beverages and wi-fi) creates the perfect place to work out, hangout, learn, meet new friends, and just recharge.
I hope to see you at the Grand Opening celebration on Saturday June 2nd from 10 am to 1 pm, at The Family Garden, 600 Airport Road, Suites A & B Longmont, Colorado 80503; (303) 678-1144.
- David A. Perlick