Friday was an incredible day, filled with yoga from morning to night. I taught two yoga classes -- one at 6am at Haute Yoga Solana Beach, the other 6:30pm at Black Sheep Yoga. Both classes felt great. I also took not one, not two, but three yoga classes. The first two were part of the Haute 31 Day Challenge. Enjoyed each one. The third, however, was an unexpected treat. When I walked out of the studio at Black Sheep at 7:45, I saw a dear friend Ana Victoria Salcido in the lobby. I met this beautiful woman when I first started teaching. She's luminescent, radiating joy. She organized the new teacher donation classes at Yoga Vista, which allowed me my first public venue in the States to hold a full hour class. She now about to open her doors at her own studio, Heart Hum Studio in San Marcos. She referred me to the owners of Coastal Motion Fitness, where she also taught and I continued to grow. She's just lovely, and I so appreciate her roll in my path of growth as a teacher. And she was there to take Ashton Szabo's 8pm class! So I had to stay. We were the only two students for this late night session.
It was an incredible class... focused, challenging, and incredibly informative. The class focused on some deep hamstring stretches, and now two days later I still feel the wonderful effects of the class. Because Vicky and I are both teachers and friends, the night felt playful and open for expression. At one point in down dog I was so overcome with joy that I just exclaimed, "I'm having SO MUCH FUN!!" Vicky started laughing and agreed, and we ended up giving each other a high foot five while still in down dog. Definitely a first.
We ended with about ten minutes in savasana, with Ashton strumming a few songs on his ukulele. The joy was so strong pulsing through me, tears welded up in my eyes. I felt such gratitude for my life, my journey, my path. Everything that has happened to get me here to a place where on a random Friday night, I'm taking my third yoga class of the day with old and new friends, learning, laughing, and loving.
It's a good life.