Beauty Report: Friendship

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What? You too? I thought I was the only one!" -C.S. Lewis

Well over a year ago now, I found myself driving out to Livermore, CA to attend a Forrest Yoga workshop. I had just recently moved to California and I was nervous about not knowing many people in the class and feeling out of place.

The class was very small, so those of us that didn't know each other went around the room with introductions.

After I introduced myself - a voice from across the room asked - Are you, um, A Grateful Yogi? Is that your blog?

I remember this day well, because it was one of the first times that it ever clicked in my head that people I didn't know were reading this blog. I think I blushed, but I was secretly excited that someone besides my family knew about my blog.

In that single moment, a friendship was born.

And while our joint love for yoga and blogging might have been the catalyst...friendship takes work and time. 

That voice belonged to Megan, someone who I now count as one of my dearest friends.

Yoga has given me many gifts. And today's beauty report is about one of life's great joys: friendship.

I arrived home from Phoenix yesterday, wanting to do nothing more than stretch from way too many plane rides over the past ten days. And I wanted to see my friend.

And so Megan arrived just after five, and we rolled out our mats - together.

Sometimes, there is only one kind of practice you need.

There was not very much talking, beyond calling the poses and some practicing of sequencing together during arm balances.

But how cool is it to be in a room and just be two people - breathing, and moving.

As I looked over at our images in the mirrored wall as we did suns, I was brought back to how life's path is never straight, but it is always the right one. 

Support doesn't have to be a long conversation. Sometimes it is two hours of practice followed by a deep bow:

Acknowledging that sometimes the brightest light of yoga is the one that we share.