For the past two+ years, I have been regularly attending classes at Easy Day Yoga . On a good week, I make it twice and on an even better week – three times. My classes have ranged from quiet Restorative to very intensive (sweat dripping down your nose) Vinyasa. The variety of practices and excellent teachers have made it easy to pop in wherever I happen to be.
Truth be told, I started going consistently to help my running. I knew I wasn’t stretching enough and yoga seemed like a really good idea. AND I felt like yoga would also help with elongating muscles (aka – make me look long and lean!).
Over the past two years, my experience has shifted. Easy Day became, and remains, a place of calm and light and safety. It is where I see God in myself and in others. A place I feel connected to the universe. I feel my heart rate slow as soon as I walk in the door.
One sunny evening this summer, I headed off to class with one of my favorite teachers to discover two things.
First, the class had been extended by 15 minutes.
And second, we would have time for “FUN” arm balances – at times with partners!
The 15 minutes was fine, but arm balances are not my jam. And I go to yoga to be one with my mat – not touch or interact with other humans. But I was already there and figured, how bad could it be?
It was bad.
And I had more than one moment where I wanted to cry.
Twice I almost ran out of the room and just left my mat behind.
But I made myself sit through the discomfort. For 75 minutes I stayed.
In retrospect, I realized it was emblematic of what my clients go through every time I show up and recommend change to their roles, processes, and organizations. Every time I ask them to shift what they have been doing for years.
Beyond the work application… it truly was a concentrated version of the day to day struggle we all go through when we strive to be better than we were the day before. Because change is HARD. We are not wired to be OK with evolution.
BUT – I also know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that is where the magic happens.
Shortly thereafter, an opportunity presented itself to me… I had been on the wait list for this year’s Camp Good Life Project after hearing about it on the Good Life Project podcast. And a week after the crazy yoga class, a spot opened up.
After I read the email saying there was a place for me at this year’s camp, I thought of every excuse – it’s too late, it’s the first week of school, it’s not in the budget, you have meetings that day… But I called a dear, brilliant friend and she said – just say yes.
So I did.
And this line on their website is why —
THAT is what I want from my life right now. I want to be around positive people with a forward focus. I need it in order to continue my own little journey on the third planet from the sun.
So next Thursday through Sunday, I will join 300+ friends at a camp for grown ups in Rock Hill, NY. The program is incredible and everything I’ve read/heard about sounds amazing. There will be good moments and bad moments and life changing moments. My job is to show up and be present. So I will do my very best to do just that.
Namate, friends. Go be magic.