Yoga and Friendship
Last weekend I traveled to Michigan to celebrate life with six dear Catholic High School girlfriends. Our close bond spans multiple decades, shared values and mutual respect for one other. We postponed a prior trip due to Covid, so seeing their faces was a special joy in itself.
We connected over food, drink, lake time singing, dancing, laughter, and YOGA.
Without prompting, Saturday morning my ole' buddies, most of whom rarely practice yoga, laid out their colorful mats next to the water. I smiled to myself as I linked up my friend’s fancy jam box-like stereo which had been playing mostly 70s and 80s tunes the evening prior.
As the music slowed, sunlight sparkled on the water, and the breeze arrived in perfect timing. We listened to the waves cresting in and we began to breathe and move.
It was then that I witnessed my best friends drop into a place of peace.
In moments like this, the benefits of a yoga practice emerge more than a physical feat but more of a spiritual experience. We kept it light sharing a few personal jokes which on later reflection I realize is crucial for vitality.
I was taken by their ability to tend to themselves and also by how a little yoga goes a long way.
To friendship, practice, and the gift of yoga.
Cheers to connecting with others!
Amy Chlebek Lloyd