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Day 58 SF-Yoga Tree-Rusty Wells

Rusty Wells

Rusty Wells

The YoYo’s can’t remember a time when we spoke of yoga in “The City” when the name Rusty Wells, didn’t dynamically enter the conversation by an adoring yogi who was afraid we were to miss this yogi luminary.

Leavin’ our fleeting seaside haven at the crack o’ dawn, we warily dodged a zillion colorful 2- wheeled crazies racin’ on fog engulfed  Mt. Tam, to ensure the 58th day of our “most excellent” adventure was to find us in the popular Sunday Mornin’, “Church of Rusty”.  Warned repeatedly by yogis near and far that this “not to miss” class would “fill up,” we arrived at Yoga Tree –Castro so early, that the usually feisty streets of this lively neighborhood were still quiet, and the doors of this San Francisco Yoga Mecca, still locked. Cool… the YoYo’s had just enough time to buzz it up with just a tiny cup from Philz… the YoYo’s latest obsession.

The "Church of Rusty" Rocks

The "Church of Rusty" Rocks

Meanderin’ back mere minutes later, we found the illustrious studio had turned into a virtual yogi convention. Yogis…yogis everywhere!  Loudly laugin,’ animatedly chattin’, and excitedly enjoyin’ this time, this space and each other;  the YoYo’s unaccustomed to “pre-funk”  festivity, loved joinin’ in with our 143 high-spirited neighbors.

Genuine Bhakti Flows

Genuine Bhakti Flows

Rusty began as his rich resonating voice accompanied by his percussive tambourine filled the huge space with a heartfelt chant which his bevy of adjusting assistants and every enthusiastic yogi joyously repeated with unbridled enthusiasm.   This feel-good, love fest of music soon gave way to Rusty’s “now we know what they’re talkin’ about”, kick your butt and melt your heart flow. With a rockin’ soundtrack and rousin’ warm-up, the YoYo’s felt their temperature explode and power turn on as Rusty’s seamless sequence and profound life lessons ignited our muscles, expanded our minds and warmed our hearts. Funny, inspiring, and spiritual, this jubilant leader encouraged dedicating our practice to someone “we would give it all for”, as he continued to develop this time into something much richer than perfectly aligned asana.  Ending the same empowering way this mind-blowin’ class began, except a whole hell of a lot wetter, we gratefully joined in the energetic chant with this charismatic leader and the fortunate yogis lucky enough to call him, Teacher.


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