In June of 2016, Stepping Stone Yoga opened its doors at 16 Iris Lane, in Jeffersonville, Vermont, situated in the beautiful foothills of Mt. Mansfield and surrounded by the Mazzarese family homestead. Stepping Stone grew to be a thriving community of folks from all walks of life who came together to study the nature of self and community through Yoga. After four years of growing these magnificent roots the pandemic hit in late winter of 2020, unfortunately knocking us off course and forcing us to close our studio doors to the public (then quickly, and inevitably, to our members as well).
As the wave of Coronavirus came in, like most other Yoga studios we too moved our studio online, yet, luckily had just completed a 30-foot octagonal deck outside of our studio space to continue safely in-person, outdoors in the Spring, Summer, and Autumn of 2020.
Needless to say, this forced movement to online Yoga has had its ups (not much driving needed) and downs (let us count the ways). Of course, it has given us a greater understanding of the importance in-person gatherings have for our wellbeing.
When we first opened in 2016, it was a tiny space that fit eight students intimately. After six months though, we quickly learned that our next step would be to increase the size of our space to allow more of us to gather, and so we moved to the other side of the building in a space double the size. That was where our studio really took on roots and transformed from an idea to an actual community.
We wove this community together, in a natural way. We have provided a constant flow of excellent teachers throughout the years. In alignment with the nature of impermanence (inevitable change), we knew that in the creation of this space that this would be an evolving journey...Therefore, in today's post-COVID world, we will continue to meet on our lovely Octagonal Yoga Deck looking out at Mt. Mansfield, Madonna & Sterling Mts. and will continue to be serenaded by the homestead's sheep and chooks.
While we maintain our online presence in the post-COVID era, we still believe that the quality and health benefits to the in-person exchange of energy is essential in the process of learning Yoga and developing self-inquisition. Community is a very important piece to the puzzle of self-discovery so we will continue to honor that path in creative ways even through a "studio without walls".