I often joke that I (along with BL) live on an island in California.  Thousands of miles away from where we grew up, our families and best  friends. While we have both made life long friends while living on our  own out here, nothing compares to the friends you’ve known for decades,  grown with and shared everything with.

Photo by kike vega / Unsplash

Luckily,  though we are on opposite sides of the country, I’m still very close to  two of my best friends from college; girls who I consider to be more  like family than friends. In a fun twist of fate, in addition to all  being engaged at the same time, they both got married within three weeks  of each other this September.

Besides being honored to stand  beside them as a bridesmaid, I was also asked to teach yoga the morning  of their wedding. While I was at first really nervous to create the  perfect class, it ended up being one of my favorite moments of the  weekend. Which makes perfect sense as weddings are all about connecting.  What a better way to start the special day than connecting with best  friends, uniting in yoga?

brideparty
Photo by Zoriana Stakhniv / Unsplash

Since all levels were present, I kept it pretty simple. Lots of sun  salutations, heart openers, and a few flows to get the blood going!  During Savasana, I shared one of my favorite poems, Love by Roy Croft.

Yoga Playlist:

  • Bob Marley: One Love
  • Philip Philip: Home
  • Ray LaMontagne: You are the best thing
  • Dave Matthews Band: You & Me
  • Beatles: Here comes the Sun
  • Chantal Kreviazuk: Feels Like Home
  • Jason Mraz: I won’t give Up
Desert Yoga
Photo by Stephanie Greene / Unsplash

I’ve  still got 8 months until BL and I get hitched, but I will definitely be  including a yoga class the morning of! With all of the hectic pressure  that builds up in the weeks before a wedding, I love this tradition and  so glad we started it at Anya & Jill’s. I’ll always treasure the  memory of being with my closest friends in our peaceful morning practice  and of course, the ceremony and reception afterwards.

So, let’s chat- for those of you who are already married- did you incorporate yoga into your weekend? Brides-to-be, will you?

Anitra M. Wheeler

Anitra M. Wheeler

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