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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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The planting of Yoga Roots 3/28/11

Kristi Kates - March 28th, 2011
The Planting of Yoga Roots: Tiffany Lenau has a lifelong commitment to yoga
By Kristi Kates                       
 The story of how Tiffany Lenau’s Yoga Roots studio began, Lenau says, is a
“magical and miraculous story” that has its own roots early in her life.
It’s also part of the path that led her to being named “Best Yoga
Instructor” for Emmet County/Petoskey by Express readers.
Lenau, who began practicing yoga 19 years ago when she was a student at
The Leelanau School in Glen Arbor, says her first yoga class was “it” - an
experience that left her with a sense of peacefulness unlike anything
she’d ever experienced.
“I felt like I was floating in a yoga bubble, and nothing or no one could
burst the sense of joy and love that I was encapsulated in,” she explains.
“At that moment, I knew I would be practicing yoga for the rest of my
life.”
In the following years, Lenau sought out opportunities to practice with
instructors of many different yoga traditions as she traveled the world.
While studying in New Zealand, she discovered Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (also
known as “power yoga”) and says she fell in love instantly. She completed
college, attended a 200-hour training session in California, and became
certified to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. She returned to Northern
Michigan and began teaching in the Petoskey/Harbor Springs area.
Today, she has spent half of her life “deepening her love” of the yoga
practice. “I feel very blessed to wake up every day and share the gift of
yoga,” she says.
Training new yoga teachers, which Lenau will soon also be certified for,
is the next step in what she calls a “ripple effect of creating conscious
change” in her community and the world.
“Empowering others to teach will be my great accomplishment,” Lenau smiles.
 
UNEXPECTED GIFTS
While being part of her community and sharing her yoga knowledge with
others are two of the things that are most important in Lenau’s life, she
says that opening Yoga Roots was not a conscious decision that she made;
she didn’t have a business plan, for starters, nor did she even plan on
opening the studio at all.
Lenau had just finished a nine-day intensive training session in
meditation and pranayama (breath work) when she returned home to Northern
Michigan with a new goal in mind - ending a relationship that she didn’t
feel was right for her. Her search for a new place to live proved
challenging; the only place she found was right above a pilates studio.
The landlord had previously suggested that Lenau use the space as a yoga
studio, but Lenau, in the middle of so many life changes, in school and
working, politely declined.
She ended up taking the apartment, and became friends with the landlord,
finding out that she’d worked with his wife at college and had tutored his
daughter - “one of many coincidences that I ignored,” she says - and even
more pieces were about to fall into place.
“I had a client who was also a yoga teacher downstate,” she says.
“Unfortunately her husband got into a ski accident, and she had to be his
caretaker. She showed up at class one day and said she had to close her
studio as she was no longer planning to teach yoga, and she walked me to
the back of her car. ‘I want to give you these things,’ she said. She
opened her trunk, and there were mats, bolsters, blocks, tables, candle
holders - about everything I needed to start a yoga studio. I was
floored.”
Lenau took her fellow yoga teacher’s offerings, but still wasn’t
financially able to start a studio; she was still in school, was waiting
tables, and ‘didn’t know the first thing’ about business. The final
pieces, unbeknownst to Lenau, were still on the way.
 
STUDIO SIGNS
“I got a call from the man I had separated from, telling me I’d left
behind a box. It was an old metal lunch box I used to stash tips
in – the box had $480 in it. A couple of days later, my landlord called
me,” she says, “he had been thinking about the studio and wanted me to
start my business. He explained that his mother was a poor single mom and
that someone had once given her the chance to start a small business, and
that he wanted to do the same for me.” He offered the space for free for
the first couple of months, putting Lenau on a graduated payment schedule
that would grow with her business. He even offered to help pay to have the
place painted and the carpets cleaned.
Lenau clearly saw where she was supposed to go. She used the $480 to open
an account, called on friends to help paint the space, and used a doodle
of her own (“the same tree with curly roots I’d been drawing since I was a
child,” she says) as the Yoga Roots studio logo.
“By the time everything was ready, the studio was opened for business on
November 13, 2007 -- my 30th birthday,” she says. “I never took out a loan
for the studio - it has been debt free since day one. For the first two
and a half years it was open I waited tables on weekends to support
myself. In May of last year, when Yoga Roots (the business) could afford
to pay me, I quit, and I am now a full-time yoga instructor and business
owner.”
 
COMMUNITY SPACE
Good news indeed for the many people who have adopted Lenau as their yoga
instructor. Lenau’s focus, dedication, and community interest are just a
few of the likely reasons why she was named “Best Yoga Instructor” by
Express readers. The studio has expanded, and offers a variety of
additional experiences and workshops from Acupuncture to Qi Gong.
“Yoga Roots is a sacred space where people of all ages and abilities can
gain healing, peace, and presence,” Lenau says. “My vision with Yoga Roots
was community; creating community and giving back to community is
important to me. I wanted it to be a place where people felt at home and
could come to heal. Today, Yoga Roots and Healing Arts is a talented crew
of instructors, therapists, and practitioners, a supportive and talented
group of women who love what they do.
“I love what I do, too,” she continues, “and I feel so blessed that I have
an abundance of what I have to share. For me, leaving a legacy of peace
and presence is my purpose in life.”

Yoga Roots is located at 413 Howard St., Petoskey, MI, telephone
231-838-8992; more information about the studio, Lenau, and her team may
be found at
www.yogarootspetoskey.com. Yoga Roots will also expand to a new location
this summer to accommodate their increasing clientele; that space will be
announced soon.



 
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