What I Learned at the Yoga Show
I can't tell you how much fun I had this weekend at the Yoga Show... well I can but I don't think I could really embrace the spirit in writing as well as I should. My lovely Instagram friend LindaLee came all the way from North Carolina to go to the show. We have been hosting and sponsoring instagram challenges together for about a year now. I can't even believe it's been that long!! This was the first time we have met in person.
I was nervous to meet my lovely friend. Would it be awkward? Likely it would be. For those of you who don't know me, I'm the queen of awkward. I could be in a room with people I know and STILL feel awkward. It's a part of my charm (and probably why I've never been really outgoing in social situations).
To my relief, it felt more like seeing an old friend than it did a stranger. I just felt her settle into her very own space in my heart. How does that even happen? How could it be that two people who have never met could instantly find such a kinship upon finally meeting face to face. We've had such a different upbringing and such different life experiences. How could we possibly connect? Well, there it was. It was like putting on those old sneakers that you can't throw away because they just feel so damn good (LOL LindaLee I promise, you don't look or smell like old sneakers, you just feel like them). 😊
I could go on and on for days about how wonderful and significant it was for me to meet the extraordinary LindaLee. I kid you not, so many people knew her at the show from her walking around the day before. It's like she shone her light everywhere she went on Friday and then on Saturday when she and I went through the show vendors together, you could see the impact she left with each person she talked with prior.
What I learned is that we all go through things in life that challenge who we are and it's how we choose to face them that makes us who we are. I have learned from my friend that it's important to face our fears and to move towards the end result I want to achieve. And the more we work at it, the more the universe will oblige by sending us who we need when we need them. We just have to follow our true path.
I am so fortunate to have found yoga because it brings me to the most wonderful people. We went to an Acro Yoga workshop in the morning and met the sweetest yoga couple, Heather and Mike (hi guys!!!). Then LindaLee introduced me to Joy McCarthy. I bought her book and she's just the most lovely human being. I will write a review in the books sections once I've finished reading it. Oh and did I mention that we also finally met John a.k.a. @skiyogaguy? He's the most fun loving, genuine yogi with a beard and a baseball hat. In a matter of minutes he managed to affirm my beliefs of what yoga is to me.
By the end of the day I was completely exhausted. I can't tell you how amazing the experience was. I can try, but my words won't do it justice. By now, everyone is back to their regular routines and the excitement of the show is winding down. I managed to get some cool stuff and I'll write about them another day. I'm still on a high from all the wonderful people I met. I don't want to spoil this feeling with getting bogged down with anything else.
361 more days until the next Toronto Yoga Show. I hope my wonderful yoga friends and my Soul Sister, LindaLee will come back to share this with me again.