The Call

Let me set the scene.
Wednesday, about 5 p.m. I've just come in from a quick run, and am about to hop in the shower before heading down to Donna's yoga class. Email ping. It's my YTT instructor Kelly, with a simple message: "Call me," and her phone number.

A few different things came through my head. I thought maybe, possibly it was some news about Sunday's YTT session, but more likely it would be regarding her class the next morning. Starting this week I'm working Kelly's desk—basically, just signing people in and turning on the heaters before class, taking her class, and then a quick post-class clean-up. (Most teachers here work their own desk, but seeing as Kelly's head honcho, no one begrudges her that well-earned perk!)

Anyway, it had nothing to do with either. To make a short story very long...

Our studio has a whole buncha locations. We'll call the two studios I generally visit A and B. Kelly teaches in studio A only. On Sundays, we take her class in studio A and then travel to studio B for training. On Sunday mornings, Holly teaches in studio B. On Saturday mornings, Matt teaches in studio B. Matt is giving up his Saturday class, so Holly is taking it over and giving up her Sunday class. That leaves her class wide open and in need of a teacher.

And as of a week from Sunday, that teacher's going to be me.

I have my first class! And not just a sub class, not a temp class. MY class. I'm on the schedule!

Since I already am committed to Kelly's two weekday classes when I work her desk, she doesn't mind me missing her Sunday, and the class I'm taking over obviously ends before we all head to studio B anyway for training.

The studio head asked Kelly if any of the trainees might be ready to teach, so Matt can get out of his Saturday class and Holly can shift over to it. Kelly thinks I am. She trusts that I'm ready to man my own class, and I feel terrible—I must have hurt her ears the way I shrieked when she told me this over the phone.

I don't need to reiterate again what my yoga practice means to me, or how amazing my life on the mat has been. I don't need to tell you guys that this is what I've been working toward—not just in the last 10 weeks of training, but really, for the last handful of years. I can't believe it's coming together in this way, so unexpectedly, so beautifully.

I'm beyond honored Kelly believes in me so much as to nominate me for this, and I can't put into words how anxious I am for a week from Sunday. I have nothing but gratitude and happiness in my heart today—and so much of both for you guys who've been so encouraging, supportive, and more excited for me in this YTT journey than I have any right to expect!

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to spend the next 8 days writing sequences, building playlists, and trying to remember to breathe.

Comments

  1. WOW! Wow Wow Wow! My heart is so full and happy for you. I have always had complete faith and confidence in you, so it's fantastic to know that others feel the same. <3!

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  2. OMGGGG! This is so awesome-- I'm so excited for you!!!

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  3. SO STINKING EXCITING! I know you are going to rock it out. Getting your first class is the coolest and overwhelming feeling right! I wish I could take the class! CONGRATS!

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  4. That's so exciting! Congratulations!!

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  5. OMIGOD OMIGOD OMIGOD!!!!!!!! Did you hear my ridiculous screeching through the interwebs?! This is H U G E!!!!!! I'm so proud of, and excited for you!!! We MUST celebrate!

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  6. i know we have already talked about this but i really cannot properly articulate all the emotions i feel. i am SO happy for you. SO HAPPY. I wish I could include emojis in comments because there would be a lot of them. Congrats!

    Now, does that mean you will have to leave right after that one race that we were talking about the other day? i'm thinking about taking friday off and driving down and leaving sunday, but just curious about your logistics.

    CONGRATS AGAIN <3

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  7. Congrats! That's so great, and you're going to rock it!

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  8. YAY!!! That is absolutely awesome! Congrats! :) :) :)

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  9. This is so exciting! Congratulations!!! You've definitely worked hard and earned it. So happy for you!

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  10. Ahhhhhh that is so exciting!!!! Your love for yoga just shines right through you, of course you are ready!!!! Good luck with your first class!!!!!!!!!!! I know you are going to be a fabulous teacher!

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  11. Congrats! What an amazing surprise. You will do great :))).

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  12. Ah so happy and excited for you! I am sure you'll do great.

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  13. What an awesome accomplishment! You will be wonderful at having your very own class :)

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  14. I am so so SO PROUD of you for turning this dream into a reality! I'd say this is so amazing I can't even believe it, except that I am not at all surprised that Kelly has 110% confidence and faith that you can do this. You are beyond ready for this, I just know it. I'm just absolutely thrilled and excited and pumped and a million more feelings for you! So, so happy this happened and I can't WAIT to hear how it goes on Sunday! <3
    (Also sorry for being nosey and I have no idea if this is even what Kristen was talking about, but either way, curious if/how this affects your plans to come down in a couple weeks? This is WAY more important, obviously, so please do whatever you need to make the best decision and not stretch yourself too thin!)

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  15. I am so proud of you and so excited for you! That is so amazing -- you have worked so hard and it is so great to hear that you have your first class that is yours to teach! I so wish I lived closer so I could go! Yay!

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  16. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Can't wait to hear how your first class goes!

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  17. That's so awesome! It must feel amazing to know you've earned your teacher's trust and confidence - can't wait to hear how it goes!

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  18. Yayyyyy!!!! That's so so so exciting! I just started doing yoga and love it already--I can understand why it's so important to you and why you're glad to teach others!

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  19. I'M JUST NOW SEEING THIS AND OH MY GOD! AHHHHHHH!!!! I'm so so very proud of you. You are TOTALLY ready and I'm so happy you've been given - nah, earned - this opportunity. You are amazing and I really hope I'm sent back to the area ASAP so I can take your class. xo

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  20. AGH I am so excited for you, friend!! You are going to be an AMAZING teacher! I so wish I could be there to take a class with you, but know that I am virtually cheering you on! xoxo

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  21. Awww congrats lady!!!! So excited for you!!

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