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the arrivabada [by Sophie Chiche]

I am from Paris. I always felt like the stork dropped me in the wrong city. As far as I can remember, I was always plotting my escape. It seemed impossible for me to experience “happy” in Paris. Maybe I am a brat. Maybe I could have just appreciated the beauty of the town and […]

Mindfulness, Minus Expectations [By Rachel W Sweater]

When Albert Einstein said “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new,” he touched upon one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned in my life so far – that sometimes the best thing you can do is fail. Over the years, it’s been easy to keep doing what works – because if […]

Why You Need to be Selfish This Fall- and How to Start [Julia Dopp]

How well do you know yourself? It’s not a rhetorical question, as much as it might sound like one. Think of how you would describe yourself to others. How much of your description would consist of titles, activities, locations… your job, your hobbies, your homes? You are not what you do. So, who are you? […]

The Smallest Drop [sophie chiche]

This week is a very important one for Shape House. September 21st, 2015 marked Shape House’s three-year anniversary- three years of loving, laughing, and growing. And at the heart of it all: three years of sweating. When we first opened our doors, I had no idea that we’d come this far in such a short […]

Clearing the Fog [lisa c. sweater]

When I first heard of Shape House, I had been relying on nightly prescribed sleeping pills for ten years. I experienced life through a fog. The sedative effects of the medication never completely wore off during the daytime, so I almost always felt mentally exhausted, emotionally numb, and physically drained. A friend of mine told […]

Woof Woof [sophie chiche]

I love the story of the monk who walks in a bar… no, just kidding. He is just sitting there, being interviewed. “It is like I have two dogs who fight inside me,” he says when asked about his inner life, “one that is calm, and represents peace and connection and love. And then this […]

Sophie Loves Autumn [sophie chiche]

I love autumn. It feels like I have 3 more months to accomplish what I wanted for the year so it kicks me in the booty. I like it. Sweating in the fall is a statement. It says, I am back on track. It says, I am ready to get my routine of health and […]

Food for Thought [sophie chiche]

A few years ago, I found myself in front of my stack of vitamins. It was the right time to take them. I had the water to take them. It made me feel really better to take them. And I looked at them. And looked some more. And I walked away. I didn’t take them. […]

Fight or Sweat [sophie chiche]

Fight or flight? That is the question. We say fight or sweat. In the months before we opened Shape House, there were a lot of decisions that Craig and I had to make together…which made for a lot of arguments. From where to put the couch or which incense smelled better, to how to run […]