Room to Move History

Greetings, yoga friends,

I would like to share with you a bit of the history of Room to Move.

It was in 1982 that I first saw the second-floor studio space at 1008 Lawrence Street, with its high ceilings, brick walls, tall, elegant windows, and beautiful light. I knew that some day it would be a space where I and others would come together to create a community that would share various movement arts, personal growth and expression, playfulness, and spirituality.

Sixteen years later, after teaching yoga at the Yoga Shala for 10 years, I realized that it was time for a change. I was feeling confined by the size of the physical space at Yoga Shala, and there were time constraints because of scheduling. A friend told me that the Lawrence Street studio, which had been a dance studio and later an artist's studio, was about to become available to rent. I smiled and, without hesitation, phoned the landlord, Tony Larson. We agreed that I would begin renting the studio first at an hourly rate and eventually going to monthly. In March 1998 Room To Move was created.

As some of you may recall, we have made changes and improvements to the space over the years. Tony has been cooperative and generous with his support, as have many students and friends. In October 2001, I proposed to hold a fundraiser and agreed to match the funds raised to purchase wood flooring. In March 2002, we, as a community, raised enough money to purchase the maple flooring. A group of us installed it with the help and guidance of several local building-contractor friends.

Yoga and other movement and performance art forms have been practiced and performed at Room to Move since we opened our doors. Belly dance, modern dance, Authentic Movement, Continuum, tai chi, and hula are among the movement forms that are still practiced in the space. As of April 1, 2006, those of us teaching yoga at Room to Move decided to unite our efforts to offer a place in Port Townsend where the various movement art forms would continue to practice; where yoga students could attend daily classes and study with experienced and certified instructors whose teaching styles were varied yet compatible. What instructors at Room to Move share in common is a high regard for the wisdom and intelligence of the body, which is cultivated through the practice of yoga.

Each of us here at Room to Move feels truly grateful for, and we look forward to, the opportunity to experience and share the yoga practice with you. —Ilana