Happy Birthday! I'm not here today for your special day, but I'm thinking of YOU! Wow, what a journey it has been!
It's been such an inspirational journey with you that I even wrote a book about it!
I just want to say that I'm very proud of you. You came to the USA with nothing and did not know anyone, except me, my family and a few friends.
Now, you know hundreds of people. With nothing, you believed that you could make something of yourself here. You started teaching yoga in our living room, led workshops locally, then opened Yoon's Yoga Bliss which ran for almost 4 years!
You led yoga retreats to Hawaii, Sedona, and even Peru. You took yoga students trekking over Salkantay Glacier in Peru and to the tip top of Machu Picchu.
How did you make this happen?
You simply believed you could do it...and you did... and lots of eager people joined in on your enthusiasm.
I am also someone who has benefitted by being with you. You gave me so much encouragement and had so much belief in me while I was writing my book.
Anytime I doubt myself, you make me see that I can do it. You are my reflection of all that is possible. Maybe I am your reflection too?
You also had to close your yoga studio because the overhead was just too high, but your students weren't coming to you because you had an awesome place to practice yoga, they were coming to practice with you.
Now you teach in our living room again. Back to beginner's mind.
But this time something is different. I feel an expansiveness I can't describe. I feel that the circumstances—ups, downs, chaos, bliss, loss, gain—are all part of what makes being with you so sweet.
In yoga, we contract muscles and we expand them as we move in and out of asanas. Without one, we would not have the other. In fact, contraction is necessary for another wave of expansion in life.
I feel like I'm riding on a magic carpet with you. Sometimes, I have no idea where we are going or what we are going to see. This is the beauty. We don't have it all figured out. We don't know what will happen next or where we will end up.
But we keep leaning into life, not away from it.
I'm so happy to be riding next to you on this great journey called life! I couldn't ask for a better partner.
Here's to many more adventures.
I love you and enjoy your day!