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Day 88 San Diego-Soul of Yoga-Tom Kelly

Findin’ our mysterious way to the beautifully transformed Encinitas office space of “Soul of Yoga” seemed to the lucky YoYo’s, a little more than a fluky twist ‘o fate.

Tom Kelly

Tom Kelly

With flyin’ fingers misspellin’ a closely related San Diego yoga studio into our trusty “info central” MAC, the words “Yoga Church” seemingly appeared magically on the screen. Diggin’ deeper, the inquirin’ YoYos discovered the unexpected bio of Reverend Tom Kelly, popular Raja Yoga teacher, who, while not associated with any particular organized religion, spent 25 years in the monastic order of SRF and leads inspirational workshops and retreats worldwide. Surely, this ordained minister would have much to say during this most unusual 90 minute Sunday mornin’ asana practice.

Warmly welcomed into the big group hug of a Yoga community, the YoYos might have thought themselves in the tender arms of their childhood church if not for the endless sea of touchin’ yoga mats and the obvious dress code of beachy yogi wear. As vivacious Tom opened this spirited “class” with lively, harmonium and yogi accompanied song, he joyously expressed… “Let there be Light”. Then takin’ an interestin’ twist on what happened next, he finished the thought with “Let there also be love, happiness, joy, and the all important… forgiveness”… explainin’ that from the get-go, we’d be needin’ that forgiveness on a pretty consistent basis as we continually mess up while we try to get it right, here on earth. Hmmmmm…..

SRF Gardens

SRF Gardens

Swami's Surf Break Encinitas

Swami's Surf Break Encinitas

Startin’ with and revisitin’ “breath of fire” as a way to cleanse the mind, create energy and bring us into the all important moment as we connected to Mother Earth; this energetic drink from a firehouse of yogi philosophy gave these open-eared YoYos a spiritual buffet that accompanied every deep breath and tender asana throughout this engagin’ practice. And… that was just the first 90 minutes. Seems this committed group just can’t get enough of this uplifitin’, lovin’, generous leader who “raps” up with a 60 minute, sittin’ in a circle, dharma talk.

The filled to the brim, mind-expanded YoYos made our way to the foliage filled Encinitas SRF Gardens to reflect on this thought provokin’ “class” and inhale the spectacular beauty of this eye-poppin’ sanctuary while peering over the vertical cliffs to the surfer’s paradise below.

Whew!… what a “most excellent” welcome to San Diego!


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