{Family} Yoga for Service

Because you've seen our tagline and perhaps our mission statement, you know that we are Yoga for Service. But what the heck is Yoga for Service? 

It is our take on a give-back model that keeps our business active and involved in our community. It means that every single yoga class we offer is either giving 15% back to local charities and non-profits, or perhaps even ALL proceeds, as is the case with Family Yoga.

Family Yoga is something I have been teaching for years and always as a donation-based class. Last fall we participated in a nation-wide effort through the Give Back Yoga Foundation to raise dollars to support their efforts with veterans, body image issues, and in prisons. This year with Grounded Sky, however, we are taking a much more local focus and dedicating all of our donations to hunger-based groups right here in our community. That's why our first Family Yoga of 2017 was aimed at collecting non-perishables for the Food Pantry. 

And so it will be for the rest of the year. Whenever we hold a Family Yoga event, we'll pick a local hunger-based project and raise either donations or dollars to help support their efforts and missions. There is such a great need here (as there is in many places) and we are happy to be using the tool of yoga to bring families together for a fun time while also raising both awareness and funds for this cause. 

How do the events work? Well, as of right now, we are taking a little tour of churches in Hastings, holding class in gyms and open spaces, and inviting all shapes and sizes of families (targeted at those with Littles ages 3-10yo) to join us. We work on breathing techniques, practice poses & flows, play some yoga games, &, of course, do partner poses. It is mildly controlled chaos and it is GREAT!

Sometimes we are able to use the spaces with no charge, while others require rental fees, which we totally understand. If you would ever like to help us offset those costs, you can contribute to the funds via our donation option that can be found in our shop page. We promise that any donations received will go to cover rental fees or directly out to the local organizations we support. 

If you are local and want to get your own family, friends, and church involved, we'd love to work with you! Our host churches get to help decide which hunger-based program to support and we will assist you in spreading the word about the event; just shoot us an email of interest and we will make it happen. 

As for our next event, it's happening on Earth Day (awesome!). All are welcome, and we can't wait to see just how much good we can give throughout the rest of 2017! 


Grounded But Still Growing

For close to two years (whoa - how did that happen?), I have been writing pieces for a Nebraska-based site called Her View From Home. It's a pretty cool site and concept, and they do well to include all kinds of views and voices in their writing; it's always been an honor to be part of their efforts. 

Last spring, they did a little campaign/celebration of #herviewis and contributors sent in pictures of themselves with any way they saw fit to end and portray that sentence. Naturally, my view included some yoga (and coffee, because this was well before I ever dreamed of giving it up!), and the phrase I came up with was Grounded but still Growing. 


At the time, it made for a perfect photo op of tree pose next to one of our little trees, but I also like what it represented in terms of how I seem to approach life...that as the eternal student. 

When I was in school, I mistakenly thought that adults picked one thing to do/be and that was it. You don't change. That world view is laughable to me now, because as I've aged, I've come to see that what do you/are is always subject to change. Sure, some folks pick and stick with one career or main interest in life. But plenty of others change and change and then change again because that is where life leads them.

I like learning. I like challenging myself. It makes sense that the introvert in me wants to stay grounded and connected to my home base, but that the explorer and academic in me wants to keep trying, keep expanding my knowledge/experience base. So, yes, Grounded but still (always) Growing. It just makes sense.

What makes me chuckle, almost a full year later, is that the name of our new business and a mantra for how we are approaching this endeavor, was all right there. Like those twinkles in the eye that we tell our children they were before they were conceived, Grounded Sky was already floating around us, waiting for the right time to land and present itself. 

If you had told me when this photo was taken that I'd be doing what I am now, I would have laughed. But that's growth. It comes in unexpected ways and at unexpected times, and if you can just keep your feet on the ground with a willingness to reach as high as the sky will allow, well, then wondrous things will happen.

Keep reaching, friends. Stay grounded, but always keep growing.  

Grounded but still growing. Jenni Welsch RYT200, RPYT


Although it is hard for me to believe now, once upon a time, I had a very tech-savvy brain. As in, I used to write XML code and whatnot during grad school for the Cather Archive at UNL (proof here). 10+ years and four babies later, that skill set feels other worldly. You know when you accidentally hit a button on your computer and a window of code opens, causing you to scramble and start whisper-screaming "NO!! NO!!!!"? Yeahhhhhh....me, too. 

So, take all that and wrap it into the story of building this website and all the many (many!) unilateral pieces that had to transpire to bring it and all its social sites to life, and you get some funny moments. Funny now because they are over and the sites are all still running smoothly. But at the time, during my DIY approach to Internet presence for my business, there were several moments where it became very clear to me why people pay OTHER people to do this work for them. It's hard. 

One such moment came during our domain creation. And actually, paying someone to do it for me wouldn't have made a bit of difference in the worst moment because between the time when we settled on Grounded Sky as our name and actually got the LLC paperwork and web stuff rolling, our domain groundedsky.COM had disappeared. Actually, that's not accurate. We know just where it went. Our .com got renewed by some big domain company overseas; it just happened to be available when we first checked late last year, but by middle of January this year, nope. (Re)Taken. 

Enter ensuing freak out. How would people find us if we were not a .com?! My DIY course had other options for me, of course, but how could any of those be right? 

After a couple days and yes, more brainstorming, we settled on .space as our domain, and just as with the company name itself, once we landed there, it felt very, very right. Will .space sites be the next big thing? Well, I have no idea (remember, tech-brain long gone), but for a yoga business especially, I can't think of a better ending or wish for ourselves and our yogis than space. We all need some space to breathe and move and grow. That's exactly what we desire Grounded Sky to provide. So www.groundedsky.space seems mighty fine to me for our web home. We just didn't know that when we set out on this littler journey. Hello, metaphors in abundance. 

How about for you? What does space look like in your life? What does it mean to you to have a space of your own? We'd love to hear more about how you create and hold space in your daily lives. On the mat, on the web, and everywhere in between!