I hope you’ve been able to check out my new blog, www.wherethesidewalkends.com . I learned a new lesson – it’s hard to maintain two (or even one) blog while moving into a new apartment, seeing family for the first time in eight months, going to weddings, and taking a trip down the West Coast! In fact, it may make me feel like this a bit:
Ross, the above cat, was one of the many cool folks I’ve met on this amazing trip down from Seattle to LA. He was in Sonoma, at a great yoga studio called Yoga Community, right in Sonoma, California.
Yoga Community is a beautiful studio serving the Sonoma valley area. They have a beautiful space, experienced teachers, and a wonderful shop loaded with beautiful, artisanal objects and wonderful books and clothes.
I desperately needed a class after an 18 hour train ride became 24 hours of nearly straight sitting. So, I wandered into Sophie’s 7:00am gentle hatha class (the stronger classes and advanced classes were midday, which just didn’t work into my schedule.) What blew me out of the water was how much the studio lived up to it’s name. Everyone, including the teacher, knew everyone but me, and how they practiced. It was so nice to see people helping each other with gentleness on things (the class had a lot of Iyengar inspired partner work) and cheering each other on.
But back to Ross – the cat above. He is the sweetest, gentlest cat ever. He wasn’t hissing a bit in that picture, he was talking – if you say “hello” to Ross, he replies with a fabulous “meeeoh” that is so funny. He’s 2 and a half, and up for adoption. My favorite part of the yoga community is that they foster cats who need homes until they’re adopted. Such a karma yoga policy.
If you’re ever in Sonoma, be sure to check out the Yoga Community – I look forward to practicing there again some day!