A Doorway To Hope

A Doorway To Hope

Dear StudioVIBE Family,

We have adopted 3 families again this year!  

As the holidays approach, we take a moment to reflect on the bounty of love, support and energy that our clients and friends bring into the Studio.  We are proud to be a part of our community and support our neighbors who may not be as fortunate as us.  In conjunction with A Doorway To Hope, we are sponsoring local families to provide a little sparkle in their lives during the holiday season.

During the month of December, we will be playing Santa for our adopted families. In addition to the wish list, we will also be collecting gift cards to local grocery stores to help round out their needs.

New this year, each family will have it’s own sign up. If your first choice is full, please check the next family.

Our families are:

The Martinez Family, 2 children, Angel Tree ribbon is RED.


The Gonzalez Family, 4 children, Angel Tree ribbon is GREEN.


The Morales Family, 4 children, Angel Tree ribbon is WHITE.



Please note the guidelines below regarding the gifts:

  1. Each child on the list should receive two toys, or fun gifts, and two gifts of basic necessity items, for a total of four wrapped gifts.
  2. We ask that all items be in new condition. Gift receipts are appreciated.
  3. The gifts should be wrapped with the gift receipt inside. If you have chosen to purchase more than the four gifts requested, please consolidate into four total boxes per child. Please include both the child and parent’s name on the gift tag.

We know some of our clients enjoy physically having an “Angel” and so we have placed some on the tree with items to shop for.   If you take an Angel from the tree, please let the desk staff know, so we can keep tracking put your name to the item!!

All items are due to the Studio by December 12, 2017.

The Magic of Mandala Yoga School

The Magic of Mandala Yoga School 






This is what some of our 2017 Participants had to share about their experience after graduation…all responses were anonymous

There are many Teacher Training Programs out there, if a friend were considering yoga teacher training, how would you describe this training to them?

– I would let friends know that it is a training that they really need to commit to and be able to focus on. The reason is so that they really embrace what is being taught, rather than doing the minimum. The information taught is so important and interesting. I would also suggest to them to begin practicing yoga on a daily basis prior to the training in preparation for it.

– I would emphasize that it is really focused on learning to be a teach and not quite as much on history etc…which i think is a good thing but everyone is looking for something different. from what i’ve heard from others, it seems like this training is more unique in that way, so many people do not feel confident teaching and adjusting coming out of teacher training but i think all of us are confident and prepared. it was a very warm and accepting environment, no need to conform to certain diets or beliefs which was great. i liked getting direction from different teachers as well.AnonymousWell rounded, absolutely will prepare you to teach, will deepen your practice with these skills, will pique your interest in aspects of yoga (and life!) you have not considered your interest in, the BEST YTT program! 

– I would describe it as practical/doable for anyone, especially those working a full time job during the traditional work week. I think, on average, 1 weekend a month is reasonable for most people. I would talk about how wonderfully knowledgeable and supportive the teachers are and how there is a clear focus/desire to ensure participants coming out of this program CAN TEACH. As opposed to learning a lot and teaching very little so the person has to figure it out after they are done and doing it in the real world. I would describe it as sometimes intense and intimidating but reinforce those involved want nothing but the best for us (students) and are willing to help along the way. I would describe it as a very personal journey which MYS understands and appreciates that it is a bit different for everyone.

– A very well-rounded program–a fine balance of topics pertaining to yoga and teaching. So awesome that you have practice teaching so early on. If you truly want to teach–this is the program for you. Gets you into the “seat of the teacher” much earlier than other programs. The teachers are amazing and so well-qualified. You get knowledge about many topics but it’s not overdone. There will always be more to learn, but this training sparks your interest in many areas without disregarding why you’re there—-to learn to teach.

Now that the “formal” training is over, how do you feel you changed as a teacher from Day 1 to now (post-graduation)?

– Day 1 I only had an idea of the physical part of yoga and mindfulness. Beyond this, I was not aware of the foundations. Now, knowing that it is a way of living, I am more inspired to teach and actually apply the whole aspect of yoga.

– I am more inspired to teach. at the start of the program i did want to teach but i also wanted to do the training for myself because i was not sure if i would be a good teacher. now i definitely want to share all that i’ve learned with others!

– I am more confident. I’m better able to look at the bodies in front of me and teach vs. lead. I am more inspired to teach!

– When I started the program I didn’t necessarily plan to teach. I wanted a deeper and more focused understanding of yoga. After completing the teacher training, however, I do plan to teach albeit very part time. I feel much more confident, prepared and inspired to be able to share and exposure others to the beautiful gift that is yoga.

– I have definitely changed in how I feel about teaching. I came into this program wanting to deepen my practice and learn as much as I could for my own sake because I love yoga so much. What I have come away with after graduation is a confidence and desire to share yoga with others because I really can!!! It has been a time of self discovery for me—seeing my capabilities and knowledge grow. I’ve seen a big improvement in my own practice as well–I am learning to pay more attention to each pose and to really activate my body completely. It is a new perspective and I’m so grateful to have been taught to realize this. I was so afraid to get in front of people in our practice teaching, but by doing this regularly, I’m so much more confident in what I can do. Going out of the comfort zone is scary—-but good!!!


If you would like to personally talk with past attendees, we are happy to connect you.  This program will meet you where you are and help you get to where YOU want to be!  Our program has had participants who are corporate managers, stay-at-home moms, students, people from all walks of life and we come together with a common mission…to help each person create their mandala, their path, and walk it with confidence.

Mandala Yoga School once again offers scholarships to needing, deserving students.  Scholarship Recipients are kept private, everyone is given the exact same treatment and opportunities.

AND, We limit our class size to just 10.  

Follow This Link to Learn More about MYS

Follow This Link to Apply For a Scholarship 

(if you have trouble with either link – contact pattygeiger@nc.rr.com)

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Author: Katya @ https://www.littlebroken.com Serves: 4

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 25 mins

3 cups butternut squash, chopped
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup uncooked quinoa (I used rainbow quinoa but any type will do) 11⁄2 cups water
1⁄3 cup dried cranberries
1⁄3 cup red onion, finely chopped
3 Tbsp. toasted pumpkin seeds
salt and black pepper

Balsamic Vinaigrette
1⁄2 cup olive oil
1⁄4 cup balsamic vinegar 1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced salt and black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the butternut squash with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Arrangecoated squash on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until squash is tender andlightly browned.
  3. While the squash is roasting, rinse quinoa under cold water until water runs clear. Place quinoa and waterin a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook partially covered until liquid isabsorbed, about 20 minutes.
  4. To assemble the salad, combine the cooked quinoa, roasted squash, cranberries, red onion, toastedpumpkin seeds in a large bowl. Add the vinaigrette and mix until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Chill in the refrigerator for couple hours and serve.

Instructions For Balsamic Vinaigrette

Whisk all the ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

*at first it will look like there is too much dressing for the amount of quinoa, however, warm quinoa will soak up a lot of the dressing when the salad chills
**update (12/15/15) cilantro in the pictures is used as a garnish for photography ,there is no cilantro in the actual recipe

Recipe by Little Broken at https://www.littlebroken.com/2014/10/19/butternut-squash-and-cranberry-quinoa-salad/

A Special Message From Patty

Dearest Friends, Clients, & Colleagues –
In September of 2016 I decided it was time to have a succession plan for studioVIBE. I actually had been thinking on this for the past 5 years just not with much “doing”.
Last year I started actively putting energy out in the universe, I visualized my life in a new role, I prayed, and of course shared this with others near to me including our amazing teachers and teachers in training. Owning a studio is a big adventure requiring time, lots of support, business skills (I did my best:), education in the modalities offered, endurance, thick skin at times, and unwavering passion. I wanted to be sure that the SV successor was sold on OUR VIBE and fully understood the need to support and serve the community! On October 21, 2016 I went all out and made my wish formal as I blew out the candles on my cake. YIKES!!!
In late August I shifted out of the role of studio owner! I have been and will be remaining 100% on board as a Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Retreat Leader, and now mentor to the amazing NEW OWNER of studioVIBE! It was HUGE for me to sign those papers, I cried the whole way home. I think it was a lot like the tears I had after dropping each of the boys off as they started Freshman Year of College…I am talking Alligator Tears! Spending nearly 20 years at the helm is a LONG time. The ride has been amazing, I have learned so much about so much, especially myself 🙂
Please join me in congratulating, supporting, hugging, and raising a glass to Shelley Calloway – a gorgeous and talented woman inside and out! Shelley is the new captain … I am right by her side (as is Ted) and we are going nowhere – well maybe a few more vacations!
She has already started to make some changes and additions to our studio. Fresh new insights and perspectives are what a business needs to thrive. She is so bought in to our culture at studioVIBE and I just can’t wait to see what lies ahead. Shelley is an Apex Native who just officially relocated back October 1st with her supportive sweetheart of a husband, Derick!
This year as I blew my candles out surrounded by friends and family I made a wish as well…I can’t say what it was BUT I can say that I am feeling it happening!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support I have received from those near and far over the last 2 decades as a studio owner and I hope to see you soon.
xoxoxo Patty
P.S. Ted is looking forward to seeing me more – 30 year anniversary in June!!!

Marjorie Ginsberg

Marjorie Ginsberg – Client Spotlight

Meet one of super amazing clients, Marjorie Ginsberg…Marjorie is such a thoughtful person and we are blessed to have her here at studioVIBE.  Thank you Marjorie for the support and friendship you extend to all of us!  xoxo

Where were you born and how did you end up in Cary, NC?

I was born in Manhattan, grew up in Philadelphia. Came to Cary via New England in 1995.

What brought you to studioVIBE?

I started doing yoga at the Y in the late 90s. After several years I wanted a calmer, cleaner, more restful environment. I looked around for my two favorite yoga teachers from the Y – Stacie Dombrowski and Phyllis Adams. They were both teaching at studioVIBE, which is what initially brought me in the door.

Since you have been coming to studioVIBE, what do you look forward to the most?

These days, Advanced Mat on Tuesday at 9:30 (I like the continuous motion, no frills/modifications, challenge of advanced exercises) and P40 on Wednesday at 8:30 (I like the emphasis on arms, inner and outer thigh, glutes as a compliment to Pilates. You will never injure or overwork, but will get a “bootcamp” level workout.)

Congrats on being a new Grandma! I am sure only Grandma’s really know what it is like…but can you explain how it feels to be Will’s Nana?

It’s amazing to see your children being loving and dedicated parents.

Tell us about the volunteer work you do.

I work at InterAct answering a Crisis and Information line for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. I have previously worked as a Child Advocate, Wake County Guardian Ad Litem and Cary Citizen Assisting Police.

Do you have a favorite vacation spot or what was your favorite vacation?

Montana, Maine, Puerto Rico, London, France, Italy, Asheville, Emerald Isle

So tell us about you…tell us about your life outside of studioVIBE and what you do for fun?

I retired from a marketing and strategy career in the tech industry and am now a student of Tarot, Astrology and the Subtle Body. I am a life long reader, relatively recent Hurricanes fan, follower of my husband’s bands (Moonlight Rescue Band and No Worries), and lover of makeup and perfume.
Just for fun…If you were stuck on a deserted island what 3 things would you bring?

iPad, big hat, fan

Any last-minute thoughts for someone contemplating walking in our doors?

If you are someone who needs variety you will be very happy here. I come 5x a week and rarely take the same class twice. If you like to work around a specific time slot (mine is 9:30am) you can come every day and experience a different class or teacher. I find it is easier to be consistent about my practices and avoid scheduling other commitments when I have a predictable time that I attend.

What are three words you would use to describe studioVIBE?

Energetic, optimistic, dedicated