About Tikun Yoga

Our Mission

Our mission at Tikun reflects who we all are. Everyone is on their own journey, each unique, each valid.  We all bring a bit of our own divine spark with us everywhere we go. That is part of the joy of the journey, the gift of meeting new people, experiencing new things.

Journeys can be about the destination, but most often is it about the path to get there. Yoga is the same. Part of what makes yoga different and meaningful to each person is that yoga is a reflection of that person, of their journey.  This is absolutely an instance of you get what you give.  No matter how much you have to give you will get personal growth, personal introspection, and personal reliance in return.

Tikun is about community, about belonging, and about finding your place.  Sometimes you can lose your way, become distracted, or wounded, neglect yourself.  Opportunities to heal yourself, to care for yourself are gifts. Yoga is such a gift.  The daily struggle to exist can sometimes become overwhelming. Tikun gives you time to rekindle that divine spark, to nurture yourself, to reconnect mind, body, and spirit.

Tikun is about fostering connections.  Each person who comes to Tikun has their own needs, and their own gifts.  Students as well as instructors learn from each other.  To encourage that gift of exchange and learning Tikun is open to all.  Some students may be survivors of abuse, some may be on the journey to becoming survivors.  Some may be in the maze of trafficking, or substance abuse. Some may be in bodies that don’t work the same way as others, some may be healing from injury or illness. Each of us has a lesson to learn, and to teach. Each person, and their lesson, is valuable, important, and needed.

Our mission at Tikun Yoga is to allow anyone who wants the gift of yoga the access to classes. To further that mission Tikun will be partnering with organizations which work with women who are abused and trafficked. Classes for those women will be sponsored and gifted to help them on their journey to health and wellbeing. Up to 30% of the spaces in each class will be available to those who are in need. Those who are in a position to help others are encouraged to sponsor a class for a woman who may benefit from walking in our footsteps. We are all here to help one another, in ways seen, and in ways unknown. You never know the fight another is facing and the beacon of hope you can become.

Why All the Elephants on This Site?

Our Elephant

 It’s about female elephants. You know, as all good stories begin. See, in the wild, when a mama elephant is giving birth, all the other female elephants in the herd back around her in formation. They close ranks so that the delivering mama cannot even be seen in the middle. They stomp and kick up dirt and soil to throw attackers off the scent and basically act like a pack of badasses.They surround the mama and incoming baby in protection, sending a clear signal to predators that if they want to attack their friend while she is vulnerable, they’ll have to get through 40 tons of female aggression first.

When the baby elephant is delivered, the sister elephants do two things: they kick sand or dirt over the newborn to protect its fragile skin from the sun, and then they all start trumpeting, a female celebration of new life, of sisterhood, of something beautiful being born in a harsh, wild world despite enemies and attackers and predators and odds.

Scientists tell us this: They normally take this formation in only two cases – under attack by predators like lions, or during the birth of a new elephant.This is what we do, girls. When our sisters are vulnerable, when they are giving birth to new life, new ideas, new ministries, new spaces, when they are under attack, when they need their people to surround them so they can create, deliver, heal, recover…we get in formation. We close ranks and literally have each others’ backs. You want to mess with our sis? Come through us first. Good luck. And when delivery comes, when new life makes its entrance, when healing finally begins, when the night has passed and our sister is ready to rise back up, we sound our trumpets because we saw it through together. We celebrate! We cheer! We raise our glasses and give thanks. Maybe you need this too. If you are closing ranks around a vulnerable sister, or if your girls have you surrounded while you are tender, this is how we do it.

There is no community like a community of women.

This studio is in the spirit of Max Cronin, who lived with no boundaries and an open heart.