Looking Around!

Apr 12, 2011

This past weekend Hubby and I snuck away for a mini vacation to Big Sur. We went to our favorite campground and stayed for 2 nights. It was perfect!

Every time we go to Big Sur we go to Pfiffer Beach with the dogs. It gives them a chance to run around off leash after being in the car or on a lead at the camp ground and it gives us a chance to meander along the beach, soaking in the healing salt air. There really is something magical in the air at Big Sur, I always feeling amazingly calm and restored after being there.

Pfiffer Beach is one of the most beautiful spots in the world, but it is almost always really windy there. So I bundle up in a sweater and a wind breaker to stay warm. The beach has three distinct curves to it. The first one is a sandy beach. The second one is all rocks and boulders. Not little rocks, bigger ones that you climb along. The third one we call the “far beach”. We’ve only seen a handful of people, 4 or 5, in all the times we’ve gone. That’s because most people don’t want to climb over all those rocks, it is a bit far, to get there. You can’t see it from the first or even second curve, so most people don’t know it’s there. The third curve is sort of a combination of the first two in reverse, first rocks and then sandy beach.

We decided to walk out there yesterday. For me it takes a lot of concentration and focus, choosing where to step next and not lose my balance and fall down. There are a couple of scary-for-me places where I need a little help getting over a big step. We go fairly slow and it probably takes around an hour to get to the far beach. The whole time my attention is down. I’m literally looking down at the rocks and focused on each step.

When we finally did get to the last beach, I looked up. It was so amazingly beautiful! The most perfect blue sky, blue water, seagulls hanging around, a fishing boat in the distance. I marveled at how far I had gone and the progress I had made and the beauty of where I was. I knew there was more work to do. I still had to go back! But there was just a peaceful, satisfied feeling of where I was, with my head up enjoying the view.

Beautiful, windy "far beach" with Ginger.

It seemed like such a metaphor for my journey with Yoga Flirt. I have spent much of the last two years with my head down, focused on bringing this gift into the world and improving women’s lives and haven’t really stopped to take a good look around. So while I was enjoying the beauty of the beach, I also reflected on what an incredible path Yoga Flirt has been. In just over 2 years Yoga Flirt was created from scratch and then given a make-over, transformed hundreds of women’s lives, had some fun Halloween parties, left dozens of brides and birthday girls and their guests smiling, introduced women to meditation and held a kick-a** fundraiser! In the business world a 2 year old endeavor is really just a baby, still in the new/beginning phase. When I took that moment to look around, I was really amazed at how far we have come as a community, how celebratory each day at the studio is and how powerful and meaningful Yoga Flirt really is.

I have deep gratitude for the beauty of Big Sur and it’s special ability to ground me. I also have deep gratitude for all of the women who have ever been to Yoga Flirt. Each one of you has contributed to making it a special, magical place right here in our own town and without you there would be no Yoga Flirt. I value everyone, from the one-time party guest to the life long Flirts, and everyone at every Level in between. Thank you for the gift of this journey and for letting me take a moment to look around.

And now I’ll be putting my head back down and continuing on the path!

2 Responses »

  1. Hi Cathy,
    I really want to thank you for bringing YF to this area! I have been so impressed with the classes and most of all with the way I feel about myself. I’m in level 4 and still haven’t ever met you. I look forward to the day when I get to see you in person. Thanks again for everything!

  2. Thank you and it is both my honor and my pleasure. I look forward to meeting you, too! I’m usually at Open Pole, so be sure to come to one for fun, casual practice. xo, Cathy

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