tHE JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN!
by Angela D'Amore
Gratitude & My Good Vibe Tribe
Wow! What a week it has been! It is an indescribable experience, when your dream turns into a reality. I can’t even adequately put into words how incredibly thankful I am for this opportunity! But, I am going to try. Please bear with me, this my first attempt at blogging. I know this a long one, I just have soooo much that I want to say.
It is truly an honor to share with you my passion for yoga, barre and overall wellness. My goal is to inspire the body, mind and soul of the community by providing a variety of classes, workshop and events. You know.. a little something for everyone! Our Open House weekend and Pop-Up Classes were so much fun! If you haven’t stopped by the studio yet, please drop in and say hello! I can’t wait to show you the space we created.
Throughout this journey, the love and support of my family and friends has kept me focused and determined. Everyone jumped in and helped out to get the job done and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. (Special shout out to my husband, who listened to all my ideas, calmed my nerves and turned my vision into a beautiful reality. He worked around the clock and down to the wire to build the studio. Thanks babe, I love you and couldn’t have done this without you!)
Thank you to my team. I am grateful that you believed in my vision and mission and committed right away to growing our studio community. I am honored that you chose to share your passion and talent with The Point East Boston Barre & Yoga.
Thank you to the East Boston community. It was your excitement, positive vibes and welcome that kept me going, even when I was overwhelmed, scared and unsure. The surge of energy from the community has been incredible. I have been riding this energy all week. Talk about a “good vibe tribe.” Thanks guys!
A Lifelong Journey
I am honored to be writing the first blog entry for The Point East Boston Barre & Yoga. This blog is an important part of our website and our identity. We want to serve as a resource to our students and our community for all things wellness and community. If at any time you have questions or a topic that you’d like to be included in a blog post – whether it’s a fitness goal, an upcoming local event or a simple yoga/barre tip you want to share with the world – please feel free to shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t wait to hear from you!
For the purposes of this first blog post, I wanted to share a bit of my personal journey with you, and explain how The Point came to be. Here’s the Spark Notes version: I am and have always been an Eastie girl at heart. (Yes, I even had an Eastie jacket in the 80’s. Remember those?) I was born and raised in Orient Heights and I loved everything about my childhood. East Boston is truly my home (Anchored in Eastie) and I have always known that wherever my life or professional goals took me – I wanted to give back to the community that gave me so much. As a kid, I attended the Girls Teen Center at the Paris Street Community Center where I learned how to ski, went on trips all around New England, made lifelong friends and so much more. It was there that I got to experience the many rewards of giving back whether it was volunteering at Eastie Pride Day, or facilitating Bingo with the elderly residents of the Lyman School Housing. When I was old enough to become a Peer Leader at Paris Street, I was able to work with younger girls just starting at the Girls Teen Center. I went on to work as a camp counselor and lifeguard at the Paris Street Community Center. (Btw, we are excited to support the Paris Street Community Center's Girls Teen Center and offer a free 4-week yoga series this summer! More to come!)
When I became an educator, there was no question as to where I wanted teach. I was 100% committed to teaching in East Boston and I am fortunate to have been for teaching here for over a decade. I am inspired everyday by the people who live, work and contribute to the neighborhood. I have had the pleasure of working closely with so many wonderful families and watching their children grow and flourish. Everyday I strive to make an impact in the community, even if it is in a small way. Staying connected and growing along side the neighborhood has been an amazing experience and I look forward to what the future holds.
Mission: Community Wellness (with a side of Vitamin D!)
I feel so lucky that I had the opportunity to open a barre and yoga studio in the neighborhood where I grew up. On many occasions, I had wished for a studio to open, simply because I thought the community deserved a place focused on fitness, a body-soul connection and life balance. Naturally, I also sought a barre and yoga studio so I could practice before and after work! When I realized that dream was something I could make a reality (with the help of some very talented supporters and instructors!), I had to jump on the chance.
It is so important to me that The Point become integrated within the community and contribute to the overall wellness of the Eastie. In fact, our mission is built around that idea. We want to serve the neighborhood and provide an inclusive space for everyone. We provide classes for beginners and advanced yogis. We also offer restorative and yin yoga, barre, pilates, strength classes and more. We will soon offer children's yoga and a prenatal series. Teacher trainings are coming soon. We will hold community and bilingual classes as well as Classes for a Cause. We are paying it forward and supporting local charities and organizations. We are truly a community studio (no chain here). We are here to provide you with amazing classes, thoughtful and talented instructors, and a supportive studio community. If you are seeking tips and advice about your overall well-being, we got you! We are also a resource when it comes to informing individuals about the historic nautical soul we all feel in East Boston. We have workshops and events planned, as well as collaborations with other local businesses. Check out our Anchored in Eastie page for local news, organizations we support and general Eastie updates.
Finally, we want to provide a variety of class formats – including a free outdoor series this summer. Beginning this month, we will be hosting a free, hour-long yoga class right at Piers Park from 10-11 a.m. every other weekend. And, guess what? The classes are all FREE. We did a little research about unique beneficial fitness practices and it did not come as a shock to us that working out outside is extremely good for our health!
Living in New England, we need to take advantage of every moment of warmth and sunshine that we can. Vitamin D provided by the sun is so important for metabolism and bone health. In addition, being outside gives humans a feeling of pleasure – pair that with endorphins from a good work out, and voila! Your good vibes just might last all week! Visit our Events & Workshops page for details!
So, let’s all take our workouts outside this summer – starting with yoga at the park on June 24. We can’t wait to see you there and get our flow and vitamin D on. Don't forget your mat!
Okay, I have to get back to planning some fun events and workshops. The journey has just begun and I hope you will come aboard and join us as we work hard to build our studio community and pay it forward to East Boston. I cannot wait to see you on your mat!
XO - Angela