After the loss of their father in 2013, Jackie and her sisters decided to map a trip to Bali, Indonesia. While in Bali Jackie met yoga teachers Alicia Cheung & Oliver Rensch. After many heartfelt conversations Jackie decided to sign up for their yoga teacher training that October in Bali. She had no intentions of teaching, but rather saw it as an experience that would help her see the world and allow her time to heal. After completing her 200 hour YTT & a 100 hour yin yoga training, Jackie knew in her heart she was meant to teach. She knew her experiences with loss and grief brought her to becoming a yoga teacher and she could not wait to share this practice with others. Jackie always knew she wanted to open a yoga studio, but waited a few years until finally opening Hope in the town where she was born and raised.
Hope Yoga is in honor and memory of Helen & Jim Walsh. Helen had breast cancer before Jackie was born and was re-diagnosed with brain cancer in 1996. Upon revealing her diagnosis to Jim & their six children, Helen brought home a Newfoundland puppy that she named Hope. It was her way to show the family that she was not giving up hope and that everything would be okay. Helen lost her battle with cancer two years later on September 12, 1998. Hope lived until 2006 and was a large part of the Walsh family.
Jim had several different forms of cancer throughout the years but eventually passed away on March 12, 2013. Both Helen & Jim embodied true selflessness, always putting others before themselves. They always encouraged their children to work hard, be kind, be of service to others and to follow their dreams. Their favorite sayings were “Never, Never Quit” and “I did it my way.”
The vision of Hope Yoga is to create a safe, welcoming, explorative space for the average person to be able to take a class and feel at home in their bodies & minds. We offer a variety of classes, events, and workshops that come back to the true values of yoga. We hope to help people to heal, grow, & thrive, and create a greater sense of self and community.
HEAL: Past dramas & traumas
GROW: Physically, mentally & spiritually
THRIVE: Create a better sense of self & community
OUR CORE VALUES
INCLUSION/ ACCESSIBILITY: Creating a place of non-judgement where students can practice in a safe and educated way.
COMMUNITY: Connecting like-minded individuals through the practice of yoga.
EMPATHY: Understand our many differences but work together to improve ourselves and the world around us.
CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT: Always accepting feedback, and seeking continued education to make our business and our teachers more knowledgeable and innovative.
Get ready to feel right at home in our dreamy, cozy space. Walk into our lobby and you’ll find our friendly staff at the front desk, waiting to greet you. Check out our wide range of retail or take a seat on one of our benches and chat with a fellow student.
Our studio is equipped with two bathrooms for your convenience, one in the lobby and one in the practice space. In the lobby there is always reverse osmosis water and cups for your use, but bringing a refillable water bottle is always encouraged.
Step into the practice space and immediately feel invited to unravel your mat and start your yoga class. With plenty of windows and even more plants, you’ll love the light and airy vibes. We have several props to help you feel supported to find more space during your practice and we always have mats available for use or purchase.