A Story of Love
Josh and I opened Sparks almost one year ago. We set out to build a place where people could gather to practice yoga, get to know other positive people, and ultimately cultivate a loving community. Watching these dreams unfold into reality over this past year has been an inspiration. Sparks is truly a special community because of the people who are a part of it…a special place because of YOU!
I’ve always referred to the Sparks community as the “Sparks family” because that is what I believe this studio is: A Family. A family who is there for and kindly challenges and cares for one another. Josh and I want to thank you for being a part of this beautiful group of people – this family – and for showing such strength, love, and support over this last month especially.
Many of you know that on March 14th, at five and a half months pregnant, we lost our precious son, Campbell Curran Carson. “Camp”. The pain that comes from losing a child is indescribable because of the depth of which it runs. As the healing process begins, we feel that it is important that we stay present and faithful. The love that has, and continues to surround us is too compelling to allow us to stay silent. The uncountable ways in which the teachers, students, and others in this community have wrapped us up in love, prayers, and support has been a humbling and overwhelming experience.
While we grieve a huge loss, we also see great light…and we want to THANK YOU for shining so brightly and providing such unbelievable Love. We’d like to believe that what grows from unspeakable tragedies will always be: LOVE, LIGHT, & FAITH.
Wishing you all three,
Megan & Josh
Finding a Community
The idea for Sparks Yoga came from the desire to give back to and truly be a part of the Macon community. Josh and I both grew up in Macon, but when we decided to put roots down here together, we wanted to do more than simply live here. We are watching Macon, and specifically downtown Macon, ignite with a new sense of growth, community focus, and historic preservation, and we knew we had to be a part of it.
So what did we do? We bought a house in downtown Macon, and a few days later, we decided to open a yoga studio less than a half mile from our new home. Some could say it was impulsive, or a bit hasty. I would call it a beautiful leap of faith.
I think one of the main reasons that I wanted to be a part of the Macon community is because community is such an important piece within the practice of yoga. A lot of people may feel like yoga is a solo practice, but to me, it is all about the people who surround you. Time and again, I witness a group of hurried, stressed out strangers walk into one of my yoga classes. There is little eye contact walking in, and they all rush to put their mats down far from one another’s space. Then 60 minutes later, they walk out laughing together, smiling, breathing deeper and treading lighter. There is a connectedness that forms in that room, among those strangers. For just that short hour class, everyone has the same goal. Everyone is there for a purpose, and the practice not only transforms their personal goals, but it unites them together. This is what real community is all about.
Yoga has the amazing ability to both strengthen the individual while creating a collective. That is what building Sparks has been for me. I have worked harder than I ever have in my life, yet I have been supported more than I could have ever imagined. The studio opens on Friday, and Josh and I have already seen this amazing community come out to help, support, cheer on, and encourage what we are doing. We created this space to be somewhere that people could find inspiration…little did we know the true inspiration would find us.