Yesterday was the big celebration of the end of Holiday’s Yoga Center downtown. This has been my yoga home for 10 years and I’m very sad to see it end.
The celebration was fantastic. A number of people had the opportunity to tell the story of how they came to find the center. The room was packed and we had a bunch of different teachers lead us.
After the practice we had a social time and music and snacks. More people came. A couple who met at the center arrived with their little girl. I ran into people I haven’t seen in a long time.
It was a good lesson in celebrating change.
Since I’m here, I’ll tell the story of how I ended up at the center. I had noodled with yoga for years and years and taken a few classes but never found anything I stuck with. I read a story about Power Yoga with Beryl Bender Birch and when I bought her book, the cashier at the bookstore asked if I was one of Holiday’s students. I didn’t know what he was talking about.
Later Beryl came to town and I went to see her at the bookstore and she mentioned Holiday’s name as a great teacher in town. Now I’d heard her name twice. This was also the time I was ending my independent life as a single person and moving in with my future husband and I wanted to have something that was just for me. So I told Bob I wanted to start taking a yoga class.
I’ve been at it ever since.