A Brief History of Us

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Lately, I have been reflecting on how many years I have been teaching and as March approaches I have been thinking about my sweet yoga space, so hop in and let’s take a trip in the way back machine…. In March of 2013, I began the process of leaving the corporate world behind and taking my yoga practice full time. After many years of teaching part-time and working “a real job” I found that I was ready to take the plunge and face the risks that come with business ownership and of being a solo-preneur. So, in March of 2013 I formed my LLC and began seeing private clients at Fit One Gym. I love that place! I spent 4 + years there as the gym manager and stayed as a senior instructor even after I found a part-time job at a local bank. The bank position allowed me plenty of time to see clients and teach classes but still make just enough money to pay my bills. It was awesome. It was also verrrrry comfortable, it would have been easy to stay there, to continue to do just enough, just barely enough. But I had a calling, I really wanted to take my Yoga Therapy practice to more people and for that, I needed more time and space. And that’s when the universe stepped in and with a big dose of Shakabuku (a shift spiritual kick to the head) what I like to call ‘Gods 2×4’, we found out that our bank branch was closing and at the same time a lovely space came open at the Gym. And the rest they say is history.

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By Sept 2013 Cheryl Murman Yoga and Wellness was open for business and I began to change the name to The Chattanooga Yoga Center in 2015. Over the years I have been asked why I didn’t open a more traditional type of Yoga studio, why didn’t I hire more teachers, why didn’t I have many different types of yoga offerings and the simple answer is that’s not what I wanted.

I wanted a different kind of yoga center, a different business model. I wanted a place for people to explore movement and to allow that exploration to seeped deeply into their bodies and their soul. I wanted a space that felt safe, that felt intimate whether there were 20 students in a class or just one client at a time. I wanted a healing space, space where healing could unfold as you needed it to.

And for myself I wanted to be able to explore with my students and clients, I couldn’t do that if I was managing a studio with 30+ classes and a boutique. Many people have come and gone over the years and it seems like many more have stayed than gone. I have always been happy to watch a student grow in their practice and then move on to other styles of yoga taught by other teachers, even at other studios and have been thrilled by how many of my students have gone on to become teachers! That’s humbling for sure. You are all near and dear to me, and I know that I will never make a lot of money doing business this way, but I know that I am far richer than I could ever have imagined.Its-a-wonderful-life-2

So, with the 7th anniversary fast approaching I wanted to take time to thank all of you who have trusted me with your bodies, your spirits and with your healing process. You are all nearer and dearer to me than this humble heart can express. It’s always been a challenge for me to accept compliments but to all of you who have been coming for years, some of you have been on this journey with me for far more than 7 years, Thank you! Thank you for your trust and support.

Om Shanti!

Cheryl

The places I call Om………Fit One Gym

I teach and train at some wonderful facilities, I plan on writing a little something about each one of them. Highlighting owners, management, the classes I teach,  my history there and the folks I work with.

Lets start with Fit One Gym…….

Goodness Where do I start? I am deeply entrenched at Fit One, it really is a home away from home.

A brief history in time……………..

In January 2006 I hired on at FitOne as the General Manager. Working alongside the owners Jane & Jerry, I was responsible for everything from general staffing issues to scheduling classes, pay roll to maintenance, and everything in between.  That included of course teaching many classes and doing a little personal training. Fitone is a 16,000+sf Multi purpose community centered facility, part Gym and part mini spa all rolled into one. The Gym has 2 group fitness rooms, large strength training and cardio areas and a wonderful childcare center. Upstairs is home to an upscale hair salon, massage therapy and aesthetics. FitOne has never stopped growing. They have added a 2nd building with an all-purpose room used for everything from Silver Sneakers classes to wedding showers to small church group meetings.

I was GM for 4 years before stepping down to Fitness Director. I needed to spend a little more time with my family and I was planning a long yoga training in Atlanta, and while it was a hard decision to make, it worked out best for everyone, Jane & Jerry didn’t need a GM anymore they had already taken on much of the day-to-day running of the gym, the change made sense.

I have met so many wonderful people at FitOne and made many life long friends. Julie, Caleb, Suzanne, Nissie, Ali, Ashley, Karyn, Rachel, Richard, Jen, Jonathon, my many Lisa’s, the list is endless. Julie, Caleb, Suzanne, Claudia, Jonathon and I were there the day they opened the doors. We became more than friends, more than family we were each others support system. We could bitch and cry to each other or laugh with each other. Those early days were amazing, lots of hard work and long hours but it was a magical time.

 Julie, Caleb and I were the 3 musketeers; the universe had put the 3 of us there, together, for a reason. And along with Jane & Jerry, 2 of the kindest people I know, we we’re quite a team and I love them all dearly. In August of 2010 I went ahead and stepped down as Fitness director, I had taken a part-time job at a bank and that just didn’t leave enough hours in the day for everything. I still teach there and train a few, select clients.

Fitone continues to grow and thrive, serving their community with a passion for fitness and a commitment to everyone who comes through their doors. It will always be my Gym home. Many Blessings to all those who have come into my life via FitOne. I love you all.

 I have so very many friends at Fit One, maybe I should write something about each one 🙂    Food for though…hummmm……