It’s time to announce that I will close the Plaza Nino Coco Yoga & Wellness space at the end of this month.
I am so grateful to have been invited to partner in running the space over the past year and a half, and I am so grateful for the warm welcome I received returning to the local yoga community. It has been an incredibly enjoyable and fulfilling experience, and I learned so much in this time as I stepped into more responsibilities in holding and managing this space.
Yet however much love, thought, time, and effort I put into this space, Miranda was the real heart of it; the vision belonged to her, and I can only imagine her tremendous efforts and dedication in creating the space and running it on her own before my return to Coco.
By November, however, I began to feel called to begin focusing on my own dream—the land nearby sitting empty waiting to host the beautiful yoga shala I envision. This shift in my energies and priorities marked an inevitable fork in the road; and I sense that my decision to close after March this year played a part in Miranda’s decision to end our partnership in November.
While I agreed to take over the rental contract in December and keep the space open through the summer season; I did so with the understanding that both Miranda, Metzi, and myself were committed to teaching through the end of March this year. However, by the end of December Miranda’s plans had changed, and last week with complications in the Monkey Trail commute getting worse, Metzi decided that it’s become too difficult to keep up.
If I still were able to count on myself for the season, I’d definitely make it work as I had planned, but at New Year’s Eve my husband and I had news, which although gave us more cause for celebration, also made us put away the champagne. In these early weeks of pregnancy I’ve needed considerable rest, have had much less mental and physical energy to put toward work, and have acknowledged my recent ankle injury a clear sign to step away from teaching.
While a big part of me would love to fulfill the commitment I made both to our incredible instructors and to our amazing students, to keep operating the space through the end of March, I must make the difficult decision to honor first my commitment to myself. This is a precious time in which I need to care for myself and draw my energies inward in conscious creation. Having previously experienced the pain and difficulty of miscarriage, I don’t take anything for granted and will do everything I can to support a healthy pregnancy.
I have spent much time in contemplating this decision to close early, and it has weighed on me these weeks, but ultimately my intuition has given clear direction and by now I know to follow always the heart’s call. I am so grateful to Marcos and Vanessa who will step in to fulfill the January yoga schedule; they have such bright light and tremendous wisdom to share. They both plan to continue teaching classes beyond January and will be available for private sessions as well; more information about their public classes beyond January will be announced as it is determined.
For those who will have remaining classes on passes that extend into February, you will have the option to apply these to Marcos and Vanessa’s classes, apply these to classes at the new yoga studio in Hacienda Blu in Playa Panama, or to receive a refund for unused classes. Please plan accordingly in purchasing new passes through the rest of January; for those accustomed to purchasing the more economic pass options, pass extensions will be available to buy additional passes at your usual class rate.
Veronique and I will continue to be available for healing treatments and may be contacted through Coco Yoga or individually to set up appointments, and Angel can be reached through her Soul Sisters group.
To those who have already offered your support and encouragement in making this decision, I truly appreciate your kind words and care. Thank you to all for your understanding. While this marks the close to one incredible chapter, the story is but beginning, and I look forward to the day that I will open again the doors to Coco Yoga and Wellness in a space created with love to foster healthy and vibrant community around Yoga, Arts, and Healing.