In the middle of all this plan-changing, I mentioned to Sadie that I needed a place to crash for the night so I could come back the next day. She said, “Why don’t you stay with my mom? She’d be happy to have you!”
Thanks, Universe! I guess all that listening paid off!
And just like that, I was staying another night.
There was one problem to take care of first. I had only packed enough clothing for five episodes. I suddenly needed clothes for two more. I didn’t want to spend a fortune, so, with all the luggage I’d brought with me in tow, I hoofed it to the nearest H&M to buy some new clothes. Fortunately, I found some cute things for cheap. Those pieces will always remind me of the amazing time I had on the show and what happens when you say yes to opportunity.
After my mini-shopping spree, I hopped in a cab to Sadie’s mom’s Janet’s gorgeous apartment in the West Village. She welcomed me with open arms and set me up a comfy place to sleep. We sat up late talking about life and our biggest lessons. It was incredible to find this loving, maternal energy in the middle of cold, hard NYC. That time with Janet was definitely a sweet blessing and a huge energy boost to get me through one more day of filming.
Friday morning, I shared a cab with Ava Taylor, Sadie’s agent and the founder of YAMA Talent, Inc. Ava was warm, genuine, so sweet, and one of the major
reasons Sadie landed the tv gig. She was coming to set to be in an episode, too. She was a little nervous about being on camera, so I found myself in the funny position of telling her—the woman who made the show happen—what to expect from a day of filming.
My last day of filming was the best of all. By that point, I was a veteran. The crew welcomed me back and all seemed genuinely happy to have me for another day. Ava joined us in the morning, along with two other inspirational yoginis. The day seemed to fly by, in part because the producers wanted to get us out early for the holiday weekend. At the end of the day, I couldn’t believe my New York experience was over. Even with an extra day, it seemed to go way too fast.
Lots of people have asked me since I’ve been back, “How was New York? What was it like being on tv? What was Sadie like?” And every time, I feel like I haven’t had adequate words to answer. New York was a blur: loud, overwhelming, smelly, exciting, and full of possibility. Being on tv—at least in this situation—was a lot like doing yoga and hanging out with fun new friends. And Sadie is warm, funny, energetic, inspirational, and a down-to-earth yogini, not all that different from me.
I’m extraordinarily grateful for the experience of being on “Rock Your Yoga.” I’m proud of myself for trusting the Universe and taking an adventure on my own, outside of my comfort zone. I feel blessed to have crossed paths with all the yogis and yoginis I met in New York. And I’m excited to see where the path takes me next.
So how was New York?