Wa Yo Yogi

Leanne Kitteridge's adventures in Yoga

Tokyo TT Day 2- Harmony April 7, 2010

 

Todays’ over arching theme was harmony- or Wa in Japanese.  John bascially downloaded an immersion in one morning so there are a lot of concepts that I won’t go over and I will try to get to what I thought were some of the key teachings.

First of all Masa-san did the centering and invocation. His invocation was so deep the first OM semed to rumble out of the earth. I could literally feel the weight of history in that first OM. It suddenly felt like I was sitting in a temple hundreds of years ago witnessing a very sacred thing. I talked to a few others after and apparently I was not alone in my feelings. The whole group followed so beautifully and it was this low rumble of creation. My husband would have loved it!

Masa-san did a very good centering under a lot of pressure. I really feel for anyone that has to teach in front of John. I have never had to do it yet and I am constantly thinking “what would I say? Would I remember the teachings?”  I remember once John saying to us ” Don’t lose your mind when your teacher asks you something” but really- if you are not nervous and half out of your skin when he does, then you must not be human!

John told Masa to teach ” harmony” but rather than going straight there, Masa contextualized the teaching. He gave us the setting.

  WHEN/WHERE  You know how John is always telling us we have to know what time it is? This is part of the context. You have to set context first. Then you have to know HOW. How do you create harmony? Most importantly you have to know WHY. Why do you want harmony?

When we teach we think Attitude, Alignment and Action it is in that order, but for the students , starting to introduce the theme from the reversed order works well. Attitude is more universal and so it may be hard for the students to relate to right away- it is not so relative in the material world they have just left on the street outside the studio. The teacher must see what is in front of them, use their knowledge and then remember why.

Ok let’s see if I can do this ( sake helps??) Let’s take harmony again…

WHEN/WHERE  For example if I was to teach tomorrow it would be the 3rd day of a 5 day training- the middle- the peak of a cycle is the fullest- the highest beauty.  Lakshimi’s day.

HOW We have to really empty out anything that diminishes us – that makes us small inside- to make room for this fullness of this moment. We want our inner body to be filled with the highest beauty that is available today. We want to align our outer body to echo this fullness and beauty.  Both inside and outside come together in harmony.

WHY? Because when we experience beauty it leads us to our heart. When we are in our heart Grace decends and then we awaken to our true nature- we see the connection to everything (CHIT) and we celebrate that connection and create even more harmony ( ANANDA).

This may not be the best example, but you can play with this as a template and hopefully come up with something much more brillant. My motto right now is really trying to simplify my teachings but make them deeper. I have hope that this way of looking at teaching may help me keep my theme from having too many threads.

We spent a good amount of time on balance today. What is balance? How do you get balance? Again this teaching goes straight back to relationship. I had this “aha” moment when doing seesaw principle with my legs and realizing that was just another relationship. The thing about balance is that it is a relationship that can take you to the middle- and when you are in the place of the middle Grace decends, and when Grace decends you awaken and when you awaken you see the connection to everything and everyone around you and you celebrate that connection…… John reiterated this many times today so it continued to clarify that Grace is not the experience- Grace is the mechanism that allows for the experience- CHIT ANANDA is the experience.

This is really big because I hear so many teachers say ” then you experience Grace” but you experience Grace and then what??? It dosen’t stop there…when you experience Grace what happens??? Something else for the teachers out there to chew on for a bit.

Ok time to pack- half a day tomorow and then it’s homeward bound…at least I leave on a day of fullness and beauty!

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A Celebration of the Summer Solstice June 22, 2008

Day Two- A celebration of the Solstice

No matter when I study with John, he finds something significant about the time we are studying together. Today was no exception- it was the Summer Solstice- the longest day of the year.  After a lovely breakfast at our inn, Norika, Yukihito and Sumika- my new friends from Ibaraki-ken- headed over to find the mornings venue. We were all a little lost. Our ryokan is in the middle of Nikko National Park- we are surrounded by huge trees and shrines on every corner. It is so quiet and green here that you can’t imagine you are in a World Heritage site. Yukihito had done some calling around and found directions to the venue so we packed up our stuff for the day and headed out- to walk about 50 meters to the venue!! It was right behind our inn a little more up the hill. It was a huge new modern building but done with a sensitivity to the ancient buildings around it. As we came up to the doors, John came around the door with his entourage. He said a big cheery hello to all of us and then looked and me and pointed to my necklace. “Nice- did you have that before?”

“Yes- the last two times we met” I responded.

“Hmm.” John paused, “I am seeing it differently now.”

What a way to phrase it.  Not “I didn’t notice it before” but “I am seeing it differently now”.  It struck me as exactly how I felt about Nikko. I mean I had been there twice before but it was like I was seeing everything with new eyes. Everything was more beautiful, more colourful, and more precious. 

We entered the venue room and I swear I almost fell over. It was the most amazing room I have ever seen. It was floor to ceiling windows overlooking a beautiful old temple and grounds surrounded by towering cedars.  I felt like I was in a magical tree house suspended lightly from the sky. My pictures just do not do it justice. I was so excited about the room and seeing old friends that I was wondering if I could settle my mind to practice!

John took us on a very basic lecture and practice of Anusara yoga.  He went through and touched on the main points of the practice, the first being Universal spirit. The Japanese are great at relating to this because of the Shinto religion which sees spirit in everything and John skilfully played on this to present the teachings.  He explained that Yoga is a practice of awakening to this universal spirit and that is not just a practice on the mat but a practice of life. Everything you say and do becomes part of that universal spirit so you should know why you say something and why you do it. He talked a lot about stepping back to see ourselves better.

He went on to say that many of us do these things naturally, but if we step back we can better refine them- become more skilful.  He told some great stories of buying goods in the US versus Japan and had the students in fits of laughter. He can be quite the comedian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The day we were practicing was the summer solstice and he wanted us to think of that day’s practice as a celebration. You could feel the light in the room change as he spoke. A day that was predicted to be 80% chance of rain turned into the most beautiful light filled day. Everything around us was so green and bright. As Yukihito put it later, “I could feel the spirit of the trees in me as I practiced- their breathing, their age. I felt as one with them- like I was in the trees and not the room.” This was coming from a guy who started practicing Anusara a few short months ago. He totally got it.

John kept the poses simple and didn’t fill our heads with tons of alignment but really emphasized the heart theme. I realize that I get way to technical sometimes and maybe I need to back away from that and learn how to make the student move the way that is optimal using the heart language instead. That is why it takes so long in this method to get good- it is always a constant challenge to refine yourself more and more. It is never boring!

We finished which a few assisted urdva danurasana backbends which I have to say felt better than it had in weeks. Even John commented on how much I had softened. My achy hamstring stayed at bay and overall it was a great “Welcome back to practicing with John” practice.

We moved for the afternoon to Myogetsubyo studio which is just the most perfect japanese studio I have ever seen. It was part of the old structures of the surrounding temples and homes of the shogun families and Fran Kuzui had the foresight to turn the unused building into a yoga studio. We were to start the afternoon with Pranayama and then follow it with tea ceremony “sado”. We were told to bring white socks for tea ceremony so I thought I would go a little further and brought a kimono coat “haori” and sash “obi” and paired it with some black dress pants and white Japanese socks “tabi”. I thought that I might feel a little ridiculous until I walked in to the studio and saw John in full regalia! Kelly was also dressed in a beautiful kimono. I suddenly felt like it really was day of celebration- it was so fun! We so often don’t do what we want to because we are afraid of what others might think. I don’t know if its yoga or age but I am starting to get over that.

John took us through what he so appropriately called “a bento box of pranayama” – a little bit of everything. Ujjayi, viloma, nadi shodhana and kapalabhati. I think I have straightened out my collapsing left side but my eyelids need some work. Whatever John corrected you on last time you better have straight by the next time he sees you!

After pranayama we all made our way over to the tea house. The gardens were serene and refined. Individual stones lined the pathways and the sound of running water echoed softly as we rounded the corner.  A little bamboo pipe was suspended over a massive stone with a small bowl-like indentation carved out of it. Two bamboo ladles lay across the water nestled in a bed of moss. It was exquisite. This type of stone wash basin is called “tsukubai”. The teacher of the tea house carefully showed us how to use the tsukubai before we went into tea ceremony.  It was a highly ritualized practice just as all parts of the tea ceremony are.  We learned how to kneel and sit and then get up again. I know that sounds like nothing to difficult but each foot was placed a certain way and in a certain order. John commented that the whole thing was like a moving meditation.  It really did have that flavour. The sound of the tabi on the tatami even had a certain quality that added to the feeling of an underlying rhythm to the ceremony. It was a very contemplative experience.

Many hours later I dragged my aching knees – I forgot how hard it was to sit oseiza (Japanese style) for that long- back to the ryokan. It was heaven to soak in the tub at the end of the night. What a full day! It was a day of celebration- a day of fullness.  It reminded me of one of the Anusara teachings from John and Christina – the purnamukti.  A feast of resplendent fullness.   Gochisou sama deshita!   

 

The Yoga of Coffee June 16, 2008

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Otabi May 1, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well time between blogs should be diminished as I am now the proud owner of a new Sony Vaio laptop- yes- a “Japanese” computer. I almost bought one in Japan but I thought it was annoying enough reading all the English pop up info and warnings… let alone translate them from Japanese! I am hoping to get some type of system on here though where I can have a Japanese word processor. I end up writing emails to friends in romaji rather than Japanese characters and I am sure it is a pain for them to read. So on with the topic- Otabi– “the trip”.

I am very happy to announce that I will be going back to Japan this year to train with John Friend. I will be participating in an immersion training and observing a Teacher Training. Both trainings will be located in Yokohama- just south of Tokyo on the bay. Beautiful international city- reminds me a lot of Vancouver actually.

As I was checking dates for the Yokohama training I noticed the word “Nikko” as I was closing the page. I clicked back to find that John had added an additional two day training in Nikko Japan. I was immediately struck with a sense of excitement…. and disappointment- there was just no way I could make this all work and afford it. (Two kids, one husband, very little money…etc) I talked it over with hubby and for just under $300 Canadian I am now in Nikko for two days as well. The Nikko part of the John’s trip is being held at Eco Nikko. It was looking at the pictures that sold it for me. ( see above photos) The venue is located on the same mountain side as Toshogu-shrine- a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The shrine was built in honour of Tokugawa Ieyasu- the first Shogun that united feudal Japan. The colourful Shrine sits amid a lush green forest of pines and cedar. One of the most famous buildings has the three monkeys carved in the arch way with the “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil”. John is planning a practice, meditation and tea ceremony. Now- is that like a retreat written for me or what? How could I not go!

Well I was figuring out trains, planes, and automobiles I came across two great sites I would like to share. The first one is the Japanese Train Route Finder. Incredible- you put in where you are and where you want to go- what time you want to leave and “poof” -one to five ways of getting from A to B. They are all sorted by length of travel, most economical, most expensive etc. I can’t say what a valuable tool something like this is for a country that is so train dependant. There really is no better, faster and economical way to travel in Japan.

The other site is one for cheap hotels in Japan- Rakuten. I couldn’t find a little Japanese family inn like I usually stay in so I went for the cheap hotel instead. For about $60 canadian a night I found a decent hotel a train ride away with all the amenities. I could have stayed at the Hostel for $30-$40 but spent the big bucks instead for a private bathroom and an internet connection.

I hope all of you will join me on this next trip via my blog. I promise lots of great pictures and info.

 

A New Year January 4, 2008

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Well the new year has started and I am still struggling with an achy hamstring. My yoga practice has been drastically cut back and I am becoming a bit frustrated. I have decided to take the focus off my legs and put it in my back and arms. So backbends and inversions it is- I am trying spend at least 10 minutes a day on “the chair” trying to open up my back and working on long handstands and headstands.

The chair I use is a basic folding chair that I put on a mat and push up to the wall with the back of the chair facing the wall. I then thread myself through it so my feet on on the floor close to the wall and my bum is on the chair seat and I can bend back over the seat to touch the floor. I often like to thread my arms through to the back cross brace of the chair to really work on the front of my shoulders-especially my deltoids. I have about a month to get myself into a good working form as John is in Seattle on Feb1st and the White Rock kula is going down for the weekend. There is nothing worse than not being able to fully participate in such a fun event.

I spent New Years eve day walking though Kyoto. I was so tired that morning. After a few minutes of yoga, I suddenly felt inexplicably pulled out the door of my hotel. I had talked to some of my crew about going to Kyoto but had been mostly talked out of it by the cold local weather and the deep desire to rest after 10 days of continuous flying. Before I knew it I had a book in hand and was sitting on a train to Kyoto. I swear I looked up at one point and said to myself ” How did I get here??” It was like something had literally put me on that train before I had time to think. I have never gone to Kyoto on a 24 hour layover so why now? Then it came to me- it was December 31st. It was the anniversary of my father’s death. Apparently Dad wanted me to take him to Kyoto.

How can I describe such a perfect day? When I got of the train it was cold and crisp with the bluest sky. My scarf and gloves made it very comfortable and the sun warmed off the worst of the cold. I had a tin of hot coffee from the vending machine in my pocket as a hot water bottle and I set off on my walk.

Japan in the winter is clear and fresh- not raining and dark like Vancouver. The willow trees still had leaves and the red and pink camellias were in bloom. I started my walk at Yasaka Shrine in the Gion District. Its bright red and green colours are like a beacon at the end of road. I stopped there to pray to the Shinto gods- the animistic gods of Japan that are said to reside in every living thing. It relates well to the idea in Anusara that everything has a pulsation- and we are all connected to that same greater pulsation- a divine current. You feel it when you look at the gardens surrounding the shrine- every tree and rock radiates a life force- a beauty.

As I exited Yasaka Shrine I started to head towards the Buddhist temples. There are a multiple of them on the climb up Higashiyama – the most proliferous and popular temple area in all of Japan. Giant paving stones and hundreds of year old pines mark some of the pathways and entrances to these places- you can feel the ancient wisdom that pervades this area. Even though the area is crowded visitors, there is a stillness to the place. After making offerings and praying at these shrines I move further up the mountain. The cobblestone street is lined on either side by small shops and teahouses selling trinkets and food of every variety-  old style umbrellas, fans, pottery, masks, dolls, bamboo toys, incense and prayer beads. Whole shops are dedicated to pickles- you wouldn’t believe how many types of pickles there are in Japan!- and Kyoto sweets made with sticky rice and sweet beans. I am not much of a shopper and I think in my years in Japan have bought most of the knickknacks that they have to offer but I still marvel at the variety and colour. I think of all my friends I have yet to bring here and how much I want to share this with them. I somehow have to get a yoga retreat happening in Japan in the next couple of years just to share this with everyone.  

As I pass another curve and hill in the winding stone road I caught the most delicious smell- the slightly burnt sugary fragrance of baked soy sauce. One of the small sweet shops was making yaki-mochi- a special New years treat. Sweet rice is pounded and molded into little balls that are then basted in a soysauce and wrapped with a small piece of seaweed. The little balls are then toasted on an open grill until the rice becomes soft and warm and the seaweed is toasted and crisp. It is not everyones thing but it is mine! The shop owner placed the little rice place in a small triangle of paper and for about 50 cents I had the most delicious treat. It is salty and sweet at the same time and delectably warm and soft on the inside and a little crisp on the outside. Oishiikata!! ( I had to buy another on the way down the mountain and take a picture of him….lol)  

When I got all the way to top of the hill one of the most amazing temples in Japan was waiting for me – Kiyomizudera.

 The temple dates back to 798 but the present buildings were constructed in 1633. The temple takes its name from the waterfall within the complex, which runs off the nearby hills. Kiyomizu (清水) literally means pure water. I have always felt a deep connection to this particular temple. The first time I went there I was 15 and it has never failed to impress and humble me.

Before I enter the main part of the temple I go through the ritual cleansing. I step to the fountain at the entrance and fill the ladle with water rushing from the dragon statue’s mouth. I first wash my hands and then I drink and rinse my mouth. After this I then enter the main part of the temple. The veranda on Kiyomizu is famous- from this raised platform you can see most of Kyoto. I have seen that panorama in the cherries of spring, the humidity of summer and the fire colours of fall. This was the first time I had seen it in winter. It was so clean and bright- refreshing to the eye and body. Breathtaking.

I made my way to the various temples inside the complex of Kiyomizu and made offerings and prayed. When one prays in Japan you usually approach the shrine and bow. You then throw an offering of money, usually a 100 yen coin, into the large box in front of the shrine. You then approach the shrine and ring a large bell by shaking a woven silk rope. After the bell rings you step back and clap twice and then hold your hands in front of you to pray with a bowed head. After praying you step back and bow once again. So after about 800 yen I had finished my rounds of offering and prayer. It is then traditional to buy yourself a fortune and an amulet when you are done. I bought an omamori ( amulet) for both of my suitcases and then proceeded to get my fortune – omikuji. All temples have different ways of getting your fortune but Kiyomizu’s is fairly traditional. You take a large octagon box which contains hundreds of marked bamboo sticks inside and shake it and roll it and then you tip it upside down so one bamboo stick slides out. On that stick will be a number. The priest then takes the matching rice paper fortune from a large set of shelves behind him and presents it to you. This year I received ” Dai-kichi”- great blessing- the best fortune. I placed the fortune in my wallet to carry it with me for the rest of the year. If they are not so good you fold it into a little fan and tie it to a marked place in the temple to help reverse it. There are a lot of different blessings:

Great blessing (dai-kichi, 大吉) ,,Middle blessing (chū-kichi, 中吉) ,Small blessing (shō-kichi, 小吉) ,Blessing (kichi, 吉), Half-blessing (han-kichi, 半吉) , Near-blessing (sue-kichi, 末吉) Near-small-blessing (sue-shō-kichi, 末小吉) , Curse (kyō, 凶) , Small curse (shō-kyō, 小凶) Half-curse (han-kyō, 半凶) ,Near-curse (sue-kyō, 末凶) Great curse (dai-kyō, 大凶)

I have never seen anything worse than “curse” but who knows- they must exist!

After a few final wanderings I made my way back down the mountain for lunch and the ride home. I didn’t practice yoga that day like I had planned to but I practiced it deeper than I thought possible. I noticed every colour, smell, and sound around me. I was so aware- so present. I was so full that day- my senses were so completely satisfied and my heart was so calm and peaceful. I hope my dad enjoyed Kyoto as much as I did- I thank him for pushing me out the door.

 

Cuckoo for Lulu November 30, 2007

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I am so sorry for the long delay in blogging. It seems when I returned from Japan real life set in – that translates as the needs of one house, one husband, two children and an old cat. Blogging became secondary to vacuuming, laundry, helping with homework, grocery shopping and a litany of other things that unfortunately are part of my dharma. Though I crave the freedom to be able to practice as I like, meditate every morning and devour thick tomes on yoga and philosophy it really isn’t a practical reality. When I do hit the mat or get to go away to study though, I fall into it with an appreciation that most people could not understand…unless they are too a working mother with a crazy life.

During my time in Japan I met the new CEO of Lululemon Japan– through the gentleman sitting next to me on the plane. ( see my blog on Karma- or just good luck)). I am a former ambassador for a Lululemon in Vancouver. My ambassadorship included me doing yoga demos in store, teaching a few classes and helping out with an outside community event. I also modeled their yoga gear for their photos. All the people you see in Lulu photos are real yogis, pilates instructors, dancers etc. In exchange Lulu helped promote me as a teacher, my studio and gave me a nice little gift card…for free clothing. ( I think I spent it in 4 months.) Nice reciprocal relationship. I figured maybe there is something I could do with Lulu Japan being from the home of Lulu and speaking Japanese and create a new nice reciprocal relationship. And I think the CEO is open to that. Of course nothing ever goes as smoothly as planned…

I came back to Japan for work four days later. I had a two day downtown Tokyo layover. Since I had free time, I asked the CEO if I could offer my time and do a demo for Lulu Japan. They then talked about maybe gorilla yoga instead, then the store said they had a pilates event already that day and could I participate in that? Then they said I could come to the pilates event – but no one would be able to talk to me about anything as they would be too busy… so could I come to the store at 6:00pm to chat?

Not wanting make the Japanese community educator feel pressured at the event to have to deal with me, I bowed out of the event and went and met friends to take some photos.  I went to the store at 6:00pm ( not knowing that the CEO went to the event looking for me… yabai!  not good..not good at all) and they were in a meeting and too busy to see me! Yappari na! I had similar experiences with Lulu Canada but was surprised to see something similar across the pond so to speak. Oh well- all was not lost.

I was introduced to a fellow Japanese ambassador at the store, Padmini,  and we hit off so well that we spent the next two hours chatting at Starbucks and talking about me teaching a workshop at her studio. Funny thing was that when her English boyfriend came to join us for tea he realized that we have a mutual friend. I mean come on! The middle of Tokyo with all it’s millions and I meet someone that has a friend in common with me… and wouldn’t you know it but I took the mutual friend home on a flight the next day! I think he was even more shocked than me when I told him about running into Padmini and her boyfriend.  Sekai ga semai– small world.      

Oh well , better luck with Lulu in the future. I would have loved to do a demo or something in December but my flight schedule was not conducive to it. Maybe January.

On a last, and much happier note, the photo taking experiment was amazing. I took a chance on a mutual blogger, Q, who takes great editorial photos for his blog. He is not a professional but there was something in his style I really liked. He agreed to meet me and shoot some photos and he showed up with his friend K who is also  into photography and basically semi-professional. We spent two hours around Asakusa Temple taking random shots. It was so great to be with two ex-pats that understand Japan as I do and have them try to capture that wa yo feeling. I think they did a pretty good job. Tell me what you think! And yes…everything I was wearing was from Lululemon.

 

Refinement..the creation of Shri November 16, 2007

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Day four has come and gone. I finished my full day with a Japanese bath. For those of you that have never had a Japanese bath I will explain the pure exquisiteness of the experience. (This one is for my bath junky friend Christina).

 

I know we all have bathtubs at home so you are wondering what the big deal is. A bath is a bath right? WRONG.  You see, the Japanese take something that already exists and refine it until it is the best in the world. The Japanese see the bath as something more than utilitarian – it should be an experience unto itself. You usually bathe at night. You first wash and scrub the whole body clean. You then step into the deep tub, which is neck high in luscious hot water. The temperature is just right. Very hot at first, and then as it sinks into your bones, it becomes perfect- taking all the stress and tension out of your muscles. My bath water actually flowed over the sides of tub to cascade over the tile floor. The whole floor of the bathroom is like a shower so this caused no problems. It was the height of decadence. This was more than a bath; it was the art of bathing.

 

In yoga we call this refinement Shri- beauty. As most of are teachers in the room in Tokyo, we can all do the basic postures but John was taking us to a new level today. Not harder poses- just basic poses where we started from the main principles and built up a part at a time until we were refining our fingers, our eyes, even our mouth. I was thinking the Japanese of all people would get this lesson. Mika–san did the best demo- she had the face of royalty as she sat in her twist and John placed a block on her head like a crown. It just balanced there perfectly as she came out of the twist- regal head and soft beautiful face to the end. I really think she is one of the best teachers here in Japan.

 

I thought about my back bends in the tub today. I pushed the back of my head into the edge of the tub to release the tension in my shoulders more. I realized that I forget that shoulder loop starts in the mouth- I get so focused on getting my shoulders back that I miss a key component. No wonder it takes years to get certified in Anusara Yoga- it takes years to practice and embody all the information. John got me to demo drop backs today- yes- the stiff girl did the drop back demo. And I have pictures to prove it! I felt so safe when John helped me go back- it was such an amazing feeling. Remember how I mentioned on day one he zeroed in on my upper back? Well he said to me that first day “Yeah- we will break that open this week” and he pushed on the stiffest part of my upper back. I wasn’t scared- I was excited. You know when you have an itch you can’t scratch? Well my upper back is like that. I feel that if I can just get it to bend the right way or a certain way it will crack right open and release. Well after he dropped me back he started to adjust me to allow for a greater opening. It felt so good. I wish I could get somebody to do that to me every day for a month- my back would be like butter!

 

The other interesting part of my day was after yoga class. Mr. Smith from the plane (his name is actually Scott) emailed me and invited me to a function at the Canadian Embassy. (How posh!) The CEO for Lululemon Japan would be there and I could get an introduction. The funny thing was I had very little dress clothes with me and my “nice” top was actually from Lululemon. Talk about a poster child for the company!

 

I haven’t been to the embassy in years and I forgot how beautiful it is. The function had fabulous food and I was given a chance to meet the CEO of Lulu- who also was in all Lulu clothing. A sea of black suits surrounded us and we stuck out like typical Vancouverites. No one even batted an eye- I love the Japanese for that. Other high-level business people joined our conversation and before I knew it I had something in common with everyone around me. One guy worked with an old friend, another sold the same product as my husband, and another was doing business with the owner of Studio-Yoggy- whom I had just met on Tuesday at the training. I don’t know if was just all the backbends today but I really felt in the flow today. They all thought it was so funny I was a flight attendant and a yoga teacher- they all thought I was in sales- or I should be. Many of them wanted to know if I wanted a job!

 I guess I am in sales though. When I teach yoga I have to sell my theme- I have to get people to buy my philosophy. It’s nice that what I have to sell is refined and beautiful- satisfaction guaranteed. And so far no one has asked for a refund!