Wednesday, April 21, 2004
This is Cheryl. Yes, the Cheryl. My my best friend Cheryl.
I remember when Cheryl first started doing yoga on a daily basis. She's always been super-flexible but strengthening her core was her challenge. I took my first class alongside her, with her favorite instructor. It was her style to wear baggy sweatpants in class.
When her favorite instructor retired from teaching yoga [sad day for many], we ventured out to other studios. And she just couldn't find that same quality of heart and spirit that brought her that love of yoga to begin with.
Finally, she came upon Ana Forrest. Cheryl could tell you about her better than me because she took her teacher's training with Ana. I couldn't keep up. Ana gets to the heart of the issue and the meat of the tissue. From my perspective, Cheryl's training with Ana Forrest changed her life dramatically. Out went the sweatpants and in came the bikinis!
Cheryl already had a full psychotherapy private practice. But of course, that wasn't enough for this over-achiever. I remember her tossing around the idea of opening a yoga studio. She and our friend Corine collaborated and, seemingly overnight - but through a lot of hard work - they are now co-owners of GODA Yoga in Culver City, CA.
It's hard to believe they're in their third year already. And I'm not kidding when I say it's the best studio in town. A peaceful sanctuary in the middle of the city. There's a boutique with clothing, candles, books, yoga mats, bags, cards, CDs and more. In the asana room, Corine painted the mural you see in these pictures. Everybody who walks in - students, shoppers, solicitors - all say the same thing, "It feels so nice in here." I know I feel that way, but I just thought it was because I love them and work there.
Today, Cheryl still has her psychotherapy practice. She teaches yoga at least six times a week [sometimes more]. She has private yoga students. And currently she's working on her second screenplay with a writing partner. She still finds time to cultivate all the relationships she's had since junior high. And she's very close with her family.
Cheryl taught me everything I know about self-love, compassion and tolerance. Now if she can spread some of that goal-driven energy my way, we'd all be set! She's my greatest reflection [whether I like it or not].
And I have to mention, this is the body of a 41-year-old. If this is what I have to look forward to, I say bring it on!
photo taken by Freeepeace. edited by SloMo.