The opening of Four Gates Studio in south Minneapolis two years ago is one of those instances in which the universe gave me exactly what I needed when I needed it!
I had just quit my day job and was unsure about getting back into photography. I was all alone in the house, the hubby was stuck working out of state for 2 months, our closest friend had just died, it was winter, and if all that wasn’t enough I was about to turn that unspeakable age when most people buy fancy sports cars and gain 30 pounds. It would not be wrong to say I was feeling fairly depressed.
I was looking forward to having yoga classes so close to home but a shiny new studio was a little intimidating. I had always done yoga through community ed in smelly high school gymnasiums. My yoga pants had holes in them. What if they turn their snobby yoga noses up at me?
I wandered over one morning and met Christian. I was the only person in class (yikes, awkward!) but right away Christian made me feel at home. He was friendly and down-to-earth, a great instructor and a really cool dude!
And so I went back. I dragged my neighbors with, when Karl got home from Cali I dragged him, the classes started to fill up. We met new people, we made new friends. We tried kettlebells, we started running, we got healthy!!
I am so thankful to Colleen and Christian for making Four Gates a community of people working to make themselves better and not just another mindless gym. There’s no competition, no judgement, just a welcoming atmosphere for people of all levels of fitness. It’s crazy to see the transformation in people’s attitudes and bodies after coming to the studio for a while. People have toned up, lost weight, and let go of anger and anxiety. We are a happier bunch thanks to Four Gates!!
Four Gates offers kettlebells, yoga, Qi Gong, Qoya, heart running, cosmic kettlebells, as well as personal training, massage, and acupuncture. They have a 3 for $30 offer so you can try things out. See you in class!!
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