I love yoga…
In 2003, or so, I moved into a new house. Not a new house, but it was new to me and I was in love with the ‘Hippy Den’ at the corner of 12th & Portland. While outside unloading groceries one day, I noticed a neighbor and called out to her.
“Hi, I’m new here, want to come have a beer?”
“I don’t drink” The neighbor replied
“Well, my dad is here” she said
“He can have some too”
So they came over. We must have had a nice time because we have been friends ever since, I like to joke that being my neighbor is a lifetime commitment! I started hassling Danielle a couple times a week, and one fateful Monday she took me to a yoga class.
That first class with Sundari was something so special; she is so passionate about yoga and sharing it with her students. We went through some breathing, basic sun salutations, and a shoulder stand. I was blown away by her caring nature, I had never been around someone like her (and still haven’t, i think that she is the nicest lady EVAH!) not to mention the fact that i walked outta there that night HIGH AS A KITE on oxygen. It turns out group breathing gets you stoned… I took class there for about the next year or maybe even 2. Each class left me feeling a little stronger and more flexible. Sundari chants and leads a guided meditation savasana that is magical and felt so blessed to be a part of it each week.
Sundari opened the Bend Yoga Center but i never actually went there, I am not remembering why. My attendance had fizzled out for some reason, this was about 10 years ago. I have taken from many other instructors since those first classes, but it was never the same. Not that it was ever bad, yoga instructors are a delightful group of people in my experience. They are kind, supportive, beautiful people who really want to share the gift. I have been so lucky to have some great people to help me grow in the practice.
Having a baby really cut into my practice. It hasn’t felt right to get a babysitter in order to take a class. One of the great things about practicing is not worrying about what is going on externally, i couldn’t see leaving the baby with someone and not worrying… Not to mention the expense.
I ran into Sundari a month ago or so, what a JOY! She is doing great and has a baby just older then my son! It turns out she still teaches the same Monday night class! Andrew is able to be home with Liam so I can go without any concerns about care or cost! What happy kismet! I feel like i have returned to a place where i belong and it feels so darn good.
I owe a great many thanks for all of the beauty in my life, I am so glad that this class is once again part of my myth.