Just a few days ago, my dear friend passed away due to her illness.. I was devastated to hear that news... I was having a difficult time with my life when I met her. Since the first day, she took me under her wings and treated me like we had known each other for a long time. When she was on Guam, we laughed and talked over many many drinks and food, or we toured around the island together. When I was in Japan, she invited me to her home party and sleep over at her place, or spend great time with her. Since I saw her on Feb, I just believed that I would see her this winter again like she always comes back to Guam in wintertime. But no more...sigh.. I had many many great memories with her, and she gave me so much of kindness and happiness. It is very hard.. My mind is just wondering why... I am very sad. Rest in Peace. I am grateful to have met you. I will see you again...somewhere again.. Recent experience of a big earthquake here(M6.9) and this sad new of my friend made me really think a lot about life. Almost around the same time, I came across with this blog post of Leo Babauta's Zen habit. (btw, I met his sister during my Yoga TT, and I had goose bumps to have found out she is his sister.), and I thought that I just need to remind myself this all the time "Imagine if you had a month to live: how would you spend it?
You could spend it with the people you love, soaking up time with them, really paying attention to every word they said. You could go out and have some amazing experiences, explore the world. You could spend it learning as much as you can, in books and by studying life itself.
You could create something. You could make the world better. You could put your stamp on the world by creating art, or making people’s lives better."
There are more than several places you can enjoy yoga on Guam. Last weekend, I went to try some hotel yoga classes with my friends. We tried Happy Hour Yoga(6pm) at Hilton hotel, and Morning yoga(6:30am) at Reef hotel. Both teachers from these yoga classes are senior teachers from my teacher training. I practiced yoga with them many times, so it was like visiting my family:) Happy hour yoga is like more than just an happy hour:) After you had regular yoga class in outside cabana, glass of wine, fruits, and cheese were served! We stayed a bit longer and enjoy some drinks and talk with the teacher. In the end, I felt a bit tipsy. You can join it only for $10;) Such a good deal, and it was so much fun! Early morning yoga class at Reef (hotel guest$10/ others$15) is usually held at the pool side, but there was a pool maintenance so that we had a class on the top floor on this hotel. View was awesome!! Teacher of this class is Japanese, so if there are all Japanese, he would instruct us in Japanese. I want to know how to give an instruction in Japanese, so it was very nice. After the class, I hang out with my teacher and friend at the coffee shop and enjoyed endless conversation with them. It was nice to try other places to do yoga. I really think yoga is spreading wider on Guam. Yay!