I honestly can’t remember what I was auditioning for, but I was at a dance audition early in college for some summer show in Pittsburgh. I was confident in my abilities, but was very intimidated by all the talent in the room. At home, I was the best in my classes, a good teacher, and had danced professionally the summer before. Here, in a large city surrounded by girls who seemed to have never known life without rigid classes taught by excellent ballet teachers, I was, at best, average.
I’m sure I didn’t look great as I struggled to keep up while comparing my technique to everyone else’s, but I don’t really remember how the rest of the audition went. All I remember is:
1.) I didn’t get the job.
2.) At the end, the choreographer told us, “If you don’t end up with us this summer, you’ll still end up in the right place for you.”
I thought she said that to make us all feel just a little bit better. Now, I can see the truth in that statement: even when we think we know what we want, the universe sometimes stops us from making a mistake. I didn’t get the job that summer, and instead I waited tables. At the time, it seemed miserable. Now I can see that it was truly for the best: I wouldn’t have been able to make my tuition payments to stay in school without doing just that. I graduated in four years and garnished an extraordinary amount of applicable skills I wouldn’t have otherwise learned.
I see it working in my life all the time, but most noticeably now, as I struggle to keep up a yoga practice on a limited budget to prepare for teacher training.
If you’re unfamiliar with how trading works at yoga studios, it’s like this: a student will come 30 minutes before and stay 30 minutes after to do the necessary work of cleaning, doing laundry, refilling bathroom supplies, etc., and in exchange, can take the class they’ve worked for. I’ve asked almost all the studios I’ve been to if they’d let me work for classes, and most of them have said, yes, sure, we’d love to, let me just get your email address…and then nothing. I just don’t hear back. I remind them. Nothing.
However, one studio followed through – the studio’s owner, no less. Nicole from Yoga Harmony here in Nashville called (not emailed – called) to offer me a traded class. And because it’s the community class, she offered to give me another class for free that I wouldn’t have to trade for. I took a class over there today, and it really hit me that there was a reason all those other studios hadn’t contacted me…it was because I had to wait for exactly the right place.
Yoga Harmony offers challenging classes, infared heat, a large and beautiful studio, and best of all, teachers and students who seem to be on the same team. It’s a place where you can work your edge and without the temptation of the ego butting in. It’s precisely what I need, offered at the precise moment I needed it.
Just as it should be.
If you’re in Nashville, come to Yoga Harmony on Charlotte Avenue Friday for the 6 p.m. class and say hello! www.yogaharmonynashville.com/