Wednesday, April 21, 2004

True Inspiration


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.

42 comments:

greenheart21469 said...

holy schmoly--need i say more?  

hempenhomespun said...

WOW!  I wish I looked like that NOW!

deabvt said...

41??????????????   Wow!  
Vince

lucylouladybug said...

I'm 41 and do not look like that, I did at 28 though....hmm, she's pretty amazing!

Penny

martinsek5 said...

I can't imagine how she manages to do all those things!  Thanks for sharing her story with us.  You are very blessed to have such a wonderful friend.  Pamela

irun01 said...

If I look like that when I am 41, then I am going to be very very concerned :)
Thanks for sharing this story Freee.  

teranitallup said...

Wow, 41? crazy!.... Awesome story, thanx for sharing!! :0)
-Teran

regretsrepeated said...

I'm glad you have such a good friend! :D

babyshark28 said...

whoa....that is super cool.  I need to get into that....yes.  peace.   stretching.   toning. balance.  I have contemplated it many times.  Your friend Cheryl sounds amazing.....and you know I love that name. Ana. :)  great entry.  

screaminremo303 said...

Remo's a Cop. Remo's a tough guy. Remo tried Yoga. Remo was very embarassed. Remo's a puss.
All testosterone aside, that's freaking amazing! I'm a believer.

gailt504 said...

how can u do that  

harborkin said...

that cheryl is soooooo cool! i wish i could do that!

krobbie67 said...

She reads this right? Because she really should. This is an incredible testimonyof what sounds like an incredible woman. I met her at the show.  She doesn't look fricken 41! I am soooo jealous. :-) ---Robbie

sonensmilinmon said...

She's 41!!! She looks GOOD! I bet she will look FANTASTIC at 51, 61 and on up.  She is a true inspiration.

Smilin Mon

diannevan said...

Some day I want to be loved and admired the way you feel about Cheryl.  My kids and my Mom don't count... I want those feelings to be given to me because I've earned them.  And some day I want a friend like you.  Awesome.

indigosunmoon said...

What a great entry Trish!   I wish there was a yoga studio like that where I live.  That mural is gorgeous!  And Cheryl....what a body!  And shes how old????
A lot of 20 yr olds dont look that good!

july171995 said...

Awesome journal!!
~Dana

july171995 said...

oh, and how do you add a pic in the about me area?
Thanks..

sunflowerkat321 said...

Thanks for sharing Cheryl with us.  What an inspiration!   Reading about her here...it's obvious how important she is to you.  And I know, you're just as important to her.

my78novata said...

Congradulations on being one of the top 5. You're journal is great!!!!!!! We homeschool & I have two girls one 23 who graduated from Homeschooling & is teaching at a private school & one 16 who has her permit now and takes care of a special needs child several time a week. Both care for the elderly, love kids & animals & take Karate & Piano. We also love to go camping. We love animals and always take our tw big dogs camping. We love working on old cars also or just fixing our up. You can also check out our kodak pictures page first link in our OTHER JOURNALS LINKS. Cars, animals and our way of living are all there. We love getting posts in my journal & see how our daily life goes on I 'd love to hear from you.  LORI  

ggal3133 said...

Wonderful tribute to your friend Cheryl!

karynetaylor said...

Wow. Suddenly, I have a renewed interest in trying out yoga!!

and I want to change my name to Cheryl ... ha, ha. Just kidding. But what a great friend you are!

~ Karyn

andreakingme said...

Well, huh-holy you-know-what! (Ow, that pose.) 41 Years old? Woo-fricking-hoo! Good for HER. Wow, I wish I lived there with you girls. I'd be tone in no time. It's been so long since I've stood on my head or did a hand stand ... and they're such nifty things to do, you know. Especially if you're over 20.

Time to do the Egyptian chicken, Oogie style. (She does this whenever she's drunk and happy.) Just move your hands like an Egyptian, palms up, then incline your head like a chicken does. Go ahead and bawk if you want. It's liberating.

I think someone put something in my coffee.

tammy97501 said...

All I can say is that Cheryl seems to be gifted in many ways.  I's sure she is honored to have you as a friend.  Sure makes me want to take up yoga. Tammy

c82trinity said...

Wonderful!! That is a great picture and you feel at peace just looking at it! I hope to look like that at 23!! lol I dont even look that good now...*searching for yoga tapes* :) Thanks free, good entry!

abrasivist said...

Great Jounal...glad i found the link.

http://beta.journals.aol.com/abrasivist/Abrasivist/

montaukny said...

:::WOW:::  What a wonderful person she sounds like!  You & Cheryl have my inspired to get back into yoga (I've done some on the out on Long Island & some at Kripalu up in Lenox, MA).  I wish I could look like that @ 37, never mind 41!!!  As for the yoga pose (not sure what it's called), I can do that, I just don't feel like it!  ROFL   (Yeah, in my dreams I can do it)  ~Aunt Nub~

linus131999 said...

pheww how did she get her body in that position...

aims814 said...

The bod of a 41 year old! (I'm not far behind her in age) I wish I had looked that good at 21 years old!

Everyone needs a Cheryl in their life. Glad that you have her for a friend, love!

Mia

musenla said...

My gosh, she sounds like a real life Wonder Woman!  Not only does she look like a perfect specimen that would make all of femdom proud, but also an outstanding human being and friend.  You two are blessed to have found each other.  =P

jennipooh3597 said...

OMG - Yoga, you say?  OMG!  Who  knew?  Can I be *her* when I grow up?  Please????????????????  ;)  I've missed you, Trish... didn't keep up with J-land whilst with my sweet CC... he he... and, um, HE HE HE!  (sly smirk)  Missed you, however :)  And, am now back in the "swing of things"...well...kinda... ;)  Onward... Love, Jenn

viarbooba said...

wow, 41...she is gorgeous...i've always loved yoga and wish i was more into it then what i am...the most i do is denise austin's fit and lite in the mornings...lol...it's a start though...

freeepeace said...

GREENHEART - I know huh?! She's amazing. Thanks for leaving your link.

HEMPEN - The thing is, you CAN look like that now.

VINCE - Yep 41.  And yep, Wow!

PENNY - If you looked like that at 28, no reason why you couldn't at 41.  She IS amazing.

PAMELA - I think after she read this, she felt the same way about how much she actually gets done in her life.

IRUN - You nut!  I promise, if you start doing yoga, you won't look like her at 41.  On the flip side, if Sharky were to take up yoga...

TERAN - :D

REGRETSREPEATED - Me too!

SHARKY - I think you'd really like yoga. Take one class [just one] and then tell me what you think. [btw: Ana Forrest does workshops in your area]

REMO - You - as a cop - would benefit from many aspects of yoga.  Try once again.

GAILT - I *can't* do that.  But it's nice to aspire to!

freeepeace said...

HARBORKIN - Yes, Cheryl is so cool.  And you're young. Start NOW. [I was doing splits and backbends when I was your age...but I quit - and I'm paying for it now]

ROBBIE - Yes, Cheryl reads this. Even she seemed surprised by how much she's accomplished. She takes good care of herself.  We can all look that great at 41...and up!

SMILIN MON - Right on!

DIANNE - Umm...you have a friend - not only *like* me - you have me! :D

INDIGO - I imagine there's yoga all over the place by now.  Check around.  Of course, none will compare to Goda Yoga. :D

DANA - Thanks!  I'll email you about adding pic in About Me.

KAT - Everyone should have a Cheryl! :)

LORI - Thanks for visiting.

GGAL - :D

KARYN - Go yoga go!

ANDREA - It would be fun if you lived out here. We'd get you upside down in no time.  It's good to do, once a day.  Hang off the side of your bed. Let the blood rush to your head. It's great for circulation, clarification, or something. LOL [ask Cheryl. I just know it's good].  When you do a handstand, that's when I'll do the Egyptian chicken!

TAMMY - Take up yoga! Do it! :D

ABRASIVIST - Thanks!

freeepeace said...

AUNT NUB - Great! Get back into yoga. Your dreams can come true you know. ;)

LINUS - This is a piece of cake for Cheryl. She's the most freakishly flexible person I know.

MIA - Yoga girl!  Do it.  And yes, everyone needs a Cheryl. :D

MUSE - She even wears her very own Wonder Woman bracelets.  We are blessed! :)

JENN - Yes you too can have a rockin bod like that. Yoga I say!  Welcome back... Onward, as you say :)

VIARBOOBA - Any exercise is good!  There are some great yoga tapes/dvds too.

bernmilo said...

oh yeah bring it on.....http://journals.aol.com/bernmilo/WAYNEATOPICTURES

somenuttychic said...

Wow! Cheryl is quite and inspiration!

slowmotionlife said...

You and Cheryl both already know how I feel about this photo.  Stunning.  A complete shame that I had to cover her body up, as her body is absolutely beautiful.  This is a testiment to the power of yoga, for all those who think it's just a bunch of sitting around and ommm'ing.  

That said, "Ommmmmm..."  :P

txsguinan said...

Oh...MY...GOD.  That's just amazing.  What an incredible body.  And what a wonderful friend! :)

gingergirl05 said...

She's 41??  Wow, she is beautiful and is certainly not taking that whole aging thing too seriously.  Yoga seems like it'd be an interesting activity to take up, but I'm not sure I'd be comfortable around so many others.  I do yoga/pilates on my own, in my own room, all alone.  Your friend sounds pretty amazing.  She looks pretty amazing.  And this entry made yoga out to be the greatest past-time, growing experience!  Good job!  ~  Kate xo

freeepeace said...

BERNMILO - :)

NIKKI - This is what I'm sayin'  :)

SLOMO - Thanks to you, I was able to post this entry!  I couldn't figure nuthin from nuthin where editing was concerned.  lol  "just a bunch of sitting around and ommm'ing?"  Wouldn't that be great:  Ommmmmm - hey, where's my rockin bod?

TXSGUINAN - Ahh, and I know you practice yoga. See what we have to aspire to?

KATE - Amazing to think she's old enough to be your mother. [guess I am too, by a margin!]  But don't you know, 40 is the new 30!  I believe you could really benefit from the practice of yoga. :)

bridgetteleigh75 said...

My goodness.   I didn't even do handstands well when I was a kid!  I can only imagine trying them now.  But what a great picture....it's inspiring.  Cheryl should use it to advertise her yoga shop.  I bet that would bring people in by the truck-loads!