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there is something very strange and fascinating about leaving a familiar life for a completely unknown one. earlier this year, i decided to take a huge leap of faith and pursue an opportunity to live and teach in LA for two months. my objective: to take my chakra-based yoga and personal development content on the road.
exit stage left: on friday, june 25, 2010, tazima boards an airplane from DC to LA.
i was tired. i hadn’t slept since wednesday due to packing, moving, storing, and cleaning.
i was proud. i have never taken such a big risk of my own volition.
i was scared! i had never taken such a big risk of my own volition, i only knew 2 people in LA, hadn’t been able to make any business contacts from DC, and i had only just figured out (that tuesday) where i’d be staying the evening i arrived.
on the days leading up to my departure, a few peculiar things happened
- i had to repeatedly assess the value of my “stuff”: for shipping insurance; for deciding whether keep, sell, gift, or trash; for fitting into the enclosed trailer
- items i sold on craigslist lined up nearly dollar for dollar with many of the expenses i had in preparation for the trip. e.g. bed and a bookshelf sold = $105; 2nd storage unit paid through august = $104 (this happened about 3 more times)
- i learned more about how people felt about me than i ever would have known in our day-to-day interactions; fortunately it was overwhelmingly good.
opening act, new venue: things are different in LA
yoga: i live within cycling distance of 20+ yoga studios… NO exaggeration! also, i’m not sure whether it is to fortify the practice or to help people get their beach bodies together, but there is a LOT of core work.
food: it’s easy to eat organic, pursue a raw/living foods lifestyle, and get the BEST! SUSHI! EVER!
transportation: there are surfboard hangers for bicycles and the rider is often barefoot; grown people actually use skateboards as real transportation AND look cool doing it.
enviroment: things overheard in public in LA are often about movies, shows, production studios, music, and the arts. this is drastically different from the policy / NGO / hill-talk of DC
self expression: i am myself everyday all day. with such a short time to go from zero-to-teacher / workshop facilitator, there is only space for me to be truly me. fortunately, californians are open to what i have to offer.
since i have been here, there have been many moments of poetic serendipity
- my roommate had a 10 year yoga teacher career; she is able to provide an inside perspective on local yoga industry and climate
- the english chap from whom i’m subletting my room has a lovely car that he’s also renting to me for a fraction of the cost of a rental car
- i had the pleasure of meeting Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith after service this past sunday; my college buddy and my roommate both work for him at Agape Media
- the people i am meeting are interestingly connected and continue to cross reference each other’s suggestions
there is much more i could say, but i’ll leave you with this, FYI: the nets DO appear and you also sprout wings.