“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nancy Kane is one of my favorite people, and she is so talented at knowing how to play, that she really should be getting paid for it. Whatever state either one of us might find ourselves in, after a bit of time we end up in laughter and giggles. She is a lot of fun, and someone who embodies what I am striving towards: embracing life to the fullest and not sweating the small stuff.
Nancy was one of my first Yoga teachers and mentors when I started my CorePower journey in 2010, and my teacher training journey in 2011. Her classes embody that sense of play and fun, while still offering challenge and transformation. Nancy’s voice is infectious and light, helping you maintain that ease of playfulness, even when you’re sweating and straining.
The interaction on the Yoga mat translated off the mat as well, and we developed a friendship. She soon found her Sam, and on occasion (too few in my book) me and Lynn get to join them, and we all have fun together.
So of course she was at the top of the list for my 50 Days to 50 Years celebrations. Once she got back from the Live Oak Music Festival (what she affectionately calls her “hippy camping trip”), we made a date to go out and eat; because we both consider eating good food part and parcel of having said fun!
After taking my 12:00 p.m. class in Pasadena, we trotted down to nearby Eagle Rock and took in lunch at The Oinkster, one of my favorite haunts. Over burgers (mine had pastrami—delish!), and piggy fries (because we know how to live), we talked about how Rex (her German Shorthaired Pointer) and Panda (my Tibetian Terrier) did not do well with the 4th of July fireworks, then quickly moved on to Yoga work, finding other work, relationships, and of course, the best places to eat pastrami. Seriously, we really do love food—thank God for hot Yoga!
And thank God for Nancy; I am grateful for her friendship and her talent for play that she shares so freely.