• Lauren Faretta

Updated: Apr 16

I am happy that everyone is safe, healthy, and able to work on your visions, your deep inner work, spending time with your loved ones, connecting online to people you probably haven't seen in ages from your living spaces! (I’m spying on your socials from my apartment in Egypt)! If you don’t know me yet, I am Lauren. I initially opened the studio as a Barre franchise in 2012 and in 2018 Co/founded and transformed it into The Space with Vanessa and most of you! 

What a precarious age we are in. I am trusting in whatever happens next and know we will be even more equipped for our purpose driven lives after the storm. I have seen many crazy times in my 40 years living on this planet, and many shifts the past 9 years expanding this studio but never did I imagine our generation would experience something like this. 

I wanted to send an update, as it is my responsibility to keep us all informed during this crisis.

I, like so many of you, have been re-evaluating moment to moment. Having financial future fears and following the ever-changing government stimulus. We are doing everything in our financial capacity to keep our studio, as a home we can all return to. As Vanessa is also tirelessly working on immediate solutions, as we try to cover the businesses expenses and support to our employees. We wait patiently wait for help during these confusing procedures to obtain an SBA, grants and fundraising dollars. We are also strategizing daily on bigger solutions that protect us all in the long term after the crisis lifts.

Thank you for keeping the faith in us as the leaders behind The Space. 

Thank you for being great leaders with ambitious hearts, sharing your gifts and keeping the fearless faith.

Thank you for being this strong community that has bonded this space together for almost a decade.

We all need support more than ever. When we positively lead, we can create a fluid and balanced space where we raise the frequency of abundance for all involved. It is how we show up and unify during upheaval that we become a more resilient community. 

My wish for you all is to play like children, find your THRILL, feel your JOY in moments long forgot. Because it lights YOU the fuck up, which will naturally light OTHERS the fuck up. And we need 

to amplify this more than ever on earth. (Oh, I still have my Bostonian bad mouth.) 

This will lead us exactly where we are meant to be. Go ahead, take a sip of a light shot and share one (virtually of course).

In this time of the great unknown, I hope you rediscover who you are, love deeply like you’ve never been hurt, hold the ones that hold space for you close, share your appreciation to those that lift you up...even those that let you down and spread that light you all naturally illuminate.

We have a mission. There’s no time to play small. In my heart, whether there is or is not a physical studio to return to when this subsides, there will always be a space for growth everywhere. Our next vision is to see us all reunited again in person and continuing online connecting on a global scale so we can return more with more appreciation and resilience than ever before.

We will continue to update you with any pertinent news. And let me know if have any questions or if any of you want to connect on zoom or House Party for connection, a laugh or support!  We are here for one another...

Love and gratitude for all ️

Lauren Faretta Co/Founder, CMO + CFO http://www.thespacesamo.com/ As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul...

  • vvanovermeer

Updated: Apr 12, 2019

To be “Seen” or to “B-board”? that was the question this past weekend and since I love lame jokes, here is how I am starting my recap of what you may have missed if you didn’t make it in for these past two workshops here at The Space this weekend. You’re welcome ;)

I met Leah Zaccaria who has the relaxing easy going energy that allows you to be yourself. I felt this because of the five events that fell within a 24 hour span. I knew that if I wanted to be apart of her workshop it was not because I was lacking stimuli, it was because it was a knowing that I truly wanted to be there. This was Leah’s first event in Los Angeles and since she finds herself wanting to move her practice and her life down south (from Seattle) she knew she had to start somewhere. I am so glad she chose The Space! With no attachment or expectations, she shared her life and her practice with us on Saturday April 6th, 2019 at 1:00pm.

She opened the workshop by summarizing the discoveries that lead her to her life transformation. Through the universal understanding and truth that we all yearn to be “Seen”. Which is understandably the name of her newly released memoir she graciously gifted us a copy of. We were then asked to journal our thoughts on the 5 cycles we go through in our lifetime (for more detail on these cycles and whether or not you’re stuck on the 3rd, I recommend you pick up her book). After journaling our personal answers on Who We Are and What We Truly Need in our lives to be “Seen”. We were asked to reflect on this while we were about to move through intense vinyasa yoga poses she was about the lead us in.

During the yoga portion of the workshop I really felt myself reflecting on these questions and allowed myself to push through the discomfort while also allowing myself not to conform on how I am “supposed” to look. This encouraged the class to flow in a way that I haven’t felt before. I usually dislike yoga, well I take that back, I love the way I feel after yoga I just dislike facing my own impatience while holding my body still for long periods of time. I liked classes that had me on the go-go-go so I didn’t have time to think. This speaks a lot to my struggle with impatience and how I truly would benefit from taking yoga more.

After class we spent some time in back area we call “The Lounge” winding down and enjoying a post workout snack of strawberries and sparkling water. A real refresher after an all out mental and physical cleanse. Leah signed our books and I had a great chat with one of our long time clients, Nikki Walla. Who, like me, usually doesn’t take yoga but felt an amazing sense of flexibility, not just in our bodies but with our minds by breaking out of the norm and going deeper into thought. So happy to see her relax and connect with me for a bit and not just while we say Hello in passing.

I highly recommend signing up for Leah’s workshop when she is in town again but be ready to push your limits with some difficult moves and face deep introspection of yourself. Her vinyasa style is not for the faint at heart and the moves are advanced but that is the point, going beyond your own limitations.

For more information on Leah Zaccaria and her yoga studio (HauteYoga) you can check out here website Buy “Seen” by Leah Zaccaria HERE

B-Board: w/ Eric Vandendreissche

Up next was a revolutionary new fitness product and class called “B-Board Workout”. This workshop was hosted by Eric Vandendreissche, CEO and Founder of B-Board. After an hour long Vinyasa style yoga workout and a pretty good workout from our resident instructor, Nicole Rush of SexFit the night before, I was planning on sitting this one out. Then I couldn’t help be drawn to the test. My competitive nature came through and I had to test my balance on these fun bright purple boards.

Once the loud sounds of rock came through the studio speakers my energy started to rise and we began with some balancing exercises. This is when my fatigue hit me the most and I realized that this was going to be another challenging class. As a former personal trainer with a degree in kinesiology, I can see how using this rather unstable surface to perform cardio, strength and flexibility exercises can really amplify your fitness results. This is also a great workout for paddle boards or surfers use the similar footing in the water. However, if you are a beginner, this class may be too advanced and might lead to twisted ankles and injuries. I can see smaller groups or private trainers really benefit from using the B-Board with clients so they can improve on their form and balance during the more complicated moves.

For more information on the “B-Board Workout” and it’s founder click HERE