The above image was a photo taken at Dancing Dogs Yoga-Augusta branch. My heart is singing right now looking at that photo. THAT is ME. That is Yoga. That is is a group of dear people with amazing lives, stories, big hearts. We were sitting around as people strolled in and out of my book launch party that Dancing Dogs Yoga studio (DDY) was super kind enough to host and provide an amazing space, for me, for us.
I got to meet beautiful new people that day. But I got to meet beautiful new people in my entire experience in Augusta this past year (8/2012-7/2013). I have now actually lived in Augusta, GA TWICE. Every time I say the city's name, people from the Savannah area always correct me and say, "you mean DISGUST-a?" Yes. Augusta is not the coolest place on the map. Golf, Masters once a year, YES. There is little else (so I thought). The first time I lived there, in fact, I hated it. Hate is not a word I use often or lightly. I hated my time there. I found depression, weight gain and really a total rock bottom there in that town. But as they say, the bottom is where you need to go to find that God IS your rock.
We moved to Japan after our first lovely visit to drab, unfriendly, grey, boring Augusta. 3 years flew by in Japan and I found out we were going to be taken right back to Disgusta. Yay. Throw a party. But I was determined this time, to make it my own, beautiful, enchanting experience. No matter what I had to do, I was NOT going to sit on the couch, drinking wine and eating burgers being the pathetic excuse of a Mom and military wife I was there the last time. No. This time would be different, I said. And was it ever!
I dove into the local military spouses group and started a fit club. THANK GOD! So many friendly people jumped out of the woodwork!
I was introduced, via the incredible, amazing facebook machine, to Shelly Lowther and was told she had co-opened a new Yoga studio in (drumroll) AUGUSTA, GA! The last time I lived there my excuse for getting out of shape was, "I don't do any other exercise other than Yoga and there is like NO Yoga here so I am just gonna sit on my large butt and let it get larger." No more excuses in that department! I wanted to dive right in, get to know the studio, the community, the teachers, substitute teach there, do workshops, volunteer, ANYTHING. And I did. And they rock. And it was all awesome. It was there they so kindly offered their space to me for my free fit club. AMAZING.
Some of the coolest coaches on my Beachbody-changing the world-one healthy person at a time-team come from the Yoga instructors list at DDY Augusta. I met some of the most quality people there. The other owner, Annalisa....pretty much the rad-est woman of all time.
My gorgeous second experience in Augusta was born through the Yoga studio, DDY. But it blossomed from there. Because of my affiliation Beachbody, I got to meet two beautiful new friends, Debbie and Diane, ride to Beachbody events with them, become close friends and enjoy a new church. I was so incredibly blessed with company and friends in Augusta, my heart simply is exploding with joy, light and gratitude.
I fully intend on visiting this place again. Moving to Savannah just now, I miss Augusta already. My experience with living in a town two separate times, it is a big fat lesson, life is not just what IS, it is TOTALLY what you MAKE it. I made the conscious decision to have a better experience the second time around. And so, Augusta turned into a bright, beautiful glowing world of love and fun. And yes, a huge improvement to the town: a yoga community-was there for me to discover, and also so much more as well. But those kinds of people were always there, I just needed to go out and in with a POSITIVE attitude and mind set made up, and FIND it. Well, I sure did.
I miss you Augusta, I love you ALL. And I will be back soon for visits, you gorgeous city, you!
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