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Meet Stephanie Paolini and Marla Cinilia of 3 Bridges Yoga

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Paolini and Marla Cinilia.

Stephanie and Marla, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
We’d been on the search for real estate to open our own space according to our own vision. We were happy at 3 Bridges but wanted freedom to cultivate according to our own inspiration and our own understanding of the needs of the community. Things hadn’t been flowing in the search for our own lease, doors kept shutting, so we decided, rather than resist it, to pump the brakes and reconvene our plans when things felt more aligned.

Within a week of us deciding to be patient and simply allow, Bjorn (founder of 3BY) approached us with a proposal for the sale of the studio, and the rest is history. If you stop forcing, you allow what is meant-to-be to flow with ease. This is a yogic concept we live by and it proved to be deeply true through our path to studio ownership.

Has it been a smooth road?
No path to success and manifestation is ever completely smooth. We’re imperfect beings living imperfect lives to the best of our ability with the resources we have available to us at any given time. There have been challenges and setbacks and obstacles~ but none so great they outweighed the privilege of walking this path, and ultimately we have felt very supported, provided for and affirmed by the universe every step of the way. Things are going great!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We cultivate community, we serve our community, and we offer lineage-based wisdom to help support the paths of our practitioners through every phase of life. While people can certainly expect a challenging practice, our yoga is not purely physical. We live our yoga out in the world in all we do and we seek to connect with others who do and are learning to do the same.

We believe in those true teachers who preceded us, we believe yoga is for everyone, we believe in the power of our bodies and minds to heal through the practices and we believe in keeping it authentic and real 100% of the time. What sets us apart is the way we honor the full spectrum of our humanity in all its layers through devotion to the lineage of our yoga. You can come as you are to 3 Bridges any time and know that we’ll meet you where you’re at because we’ve been there too.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
The yoga industry is obviously growing at a very rapid rate and this brings a lot to the surface, both good and less good. We love supporting the Seacoast and support all those around us, both near and far. As we move into the future we hope to see all yogis choose their teachers and yoga schools with intelligence and an awareness of where their yoga comes from.

Just like responsibly sourcing food that nourishes our bodies we need to be conscious of responsibly sourcing yogic wisdom that comes from a place of integrity, intellect, and experience. We also hope to see our industry continue to expand into the realms of both local and global service, reflecting the power of what we’re able to do as a collective when we work together without ego and with the purity of our intentions intact.

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Alexandra Chan

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