Day 4: The Love SPREADS

A far cry from yesterday’s solo home practiced I went to the grand opening of my favorite studio’s sister shop and was literally practicing on top of my neighbors’ mats.  The amount of people that showed up to give their support was a true testament to how powerful this community is and how amazing the space will do.  I’m literally talking a mat to mat to mat practice in the hallways, in front of the bathrooms, touch your neighbor kind of packed.  And I. LOVED. IT!

I know some people feel Closter phobic and strange about being on top of their neighbor’s mat, but to me that is the essence of practicing in a studio.  You go to a studio to share the love, to gain something new from someone else.  It may not always be from the instructor that you gain insight from, you may just get schooled by a grandmother rocking chin stand.  I know I have been!

I love being close like this and all taking tree, supporting one another and telling your neighbor, “I may not know you, but I got your back.  If you stumble, I will catch you.”  Wouldn’t it be nice if this happened not only in a closed yoga studio but in the real world?

I saw a meme on facebook not too long ago stating, “It costs $0.00 to be a decent human being.”  This was posted over and over again, going viral.  So I KNOW there are TONS more people out there who feel the way I do. Why not share the love and be kind to one another?  You may feel awkward or funny about talking to a stranger, but sometimes it makes someone’s day to just be noticed by another human being.  You never know what that person is going through or how lonely or out of place they feel as well.

So on this fourth day of my challenge I am proud of the studio I practice at, it owners, their teachers and the fact that I can be among this powerful, passionate, fun, exciting and GROWING community!

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kristenashley6

Just trying to search out my niche in life and live to its fullest potential. These words are what come to mind when I think of my life in a nutshell: Mom, military wife, friend, French teacher, coach, yoga, working out, eating right, cooking, infertility survivor, travel and wanderlust. (Nothing is in any particular order other than Mom and wife as my family means everything to me!)

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