Hello there, my name is Carolina and I am the founder of Yogaleena Studio & Boutique. I want to personally welcome you to our lovely hOMe and thank you from the bottom of my heart for being part of this yoga studio and community.
I fell in love with yoga 11 years ago when I was juggling a stressful corporate job, an MBA program at Georgetown University, and all of the messy emotions of being a single gal in my 20s. I desperately needed a place to unwind, breathe, and figure out what the heck I really wanted for myself. I took my first yoga class at Tranquil Space in D.C. with a mixture of skepticism and excitement (and hope I’d at least get Madonna arms for the $20 I paid at the door).
To be honest, it wasn’t love at first breath – the poses were strange, I felt silly chanting “OM”, and the dude next to me sounded like he was halfway through a marathon. But there was something about the space and the teachers, the aromatherapy during savasana, the hands-on-assists, the music, and the beautiful quotes that were read at the end, that made me feel at ease, warm, and loved….and I kept coming back.
Over time, the practice made me feel strong, balanced, and confident. My mind started to clear, my creativity came back to life, and I found myself taking everything a little less seriously. So, not to be overly dramatic, but yoga kinda changed my life.
From those early days on my mat at Tranquil Space, I started playing with the idea of opening my own yoga studio so that I could share this amazing practice with pretty much anyone willing to give it a shot. And here we are today, almost a decade later, you and I and a community of yogis practicing, chatting, and giggling away in a lovely yogi nook on S. Shepherd Drive. Holy moly, I guess dreams do come true!
Thank you for being a part of this incredible journey, for coming to your mat even when you don’t freakin’ feel like it, and for sharing your brightness with us at Yogaleena.
PS. I’m truly honored and grateful to have been featured in Voyage Houston Magazine’s Trailblazers series! You can read my interview here.