Labor Day is a holiday that is celebrated in our country as a reminder to honor all those who labored in difficult times. It led to the advent of unions to bring about much needed changes in work conditions.

My parents’ generation and those that came before often withstood many hardships in their line of work. My grandfather worked for Bethlehem Steel and endured extreme heat and long hours along with major safety concerns. And yet, he was grateful for the work especially when he lost his job during the depression.

During this time my grandfather labored with love in his garden. He grew everything they needed in a half-acre lot and provided for his neighbors as well.

As immigrants they came over and formed a community that revolved around church and those that came from Eastern Europe during a time of great starvation. They all supported each other and looked out for one another in their day-to-day lives.

Yoga is about being part of a community as well. It creates relationships with other wellness-oriented people. Yoga as a practice asks you to show up and labor with love as you stretch and strengthen your body. It is a labor of self-love.

Source Yoga Center is blessed with teachers who “labor with love.” Throughout this difficult pandemic time, they have shown up either on Zoom, in-center or both. None of us are getting rich in this process. We truly do this because we care and enjoy sharing our passion of yoga with others. All of the teachers in center have taken the step to be vaccinated as a way to care for our community that we serve as well. We strive to maintain social distance, wear masks when entering and in the common areas and strive to keep you safe as well.

We are grateful for the continued support of our students. We could not do this without you! Yoga is needed now more than ever. To maintain a calm, peaceful and centered state of being in our minds and our bodies is a labor of love for all of us.

I am grateful for a landlord that has kept the rent affordable so we can continue to offer yoga to you. We appreciate those of you who have taken the time to provide feedback so we can continue to meet your needs. Thanks for positive reviews on google as well! It helps new students find us.

Lastly, I am reaching out to ask you to share with your friends and family that may be interested in yoga. I am offering an Intro-to Yoga 3-week series that I will teach on Saturdays September 11, 18 & 25 In-Center from Noon to 1 p.m. This will be in-center and class size is limited. Cost is $25. For details and to pre-register click our link and then go to workshops. I appreciate all of you who share this with anyone you know who may be interested. As they say the best referral is word of mouth!

May whatever you labor at you do it with love.

Janie Gunn