Sometimes life blows up....

On August 24th, I woke up and started my Thursday like every other day. Coffee, news, cuddles with my family. My friend and regular student at Perennial Yoga and Meditation, Meaghan Heires, woke up the same way. Just another ordinary day. No reason to think otherwise. 

However, while she and her finance Mike were at work, something extraordinary happened. The house across the street from hers violently exploded. 

I know where Meaghan lives, and that night, on my way to practice yoga, I saw the emergency crews and police surrounding the area. My heart sank. I immediately panicked, worried about Meaghan and Mike.  I couldn’t do anything but pray she was ok. Pray I did.

The next day, after my noon class, I stepped out of the studio to see Meaghan and Mike in the lobby. She knew we’d all be worried sick, so she came in to tell us that they were all ok, humans and animals. The house, her possessions, her day-to-day life however, was not ok. There was so much damage, it was hard to even imagine. On Thursday morning, she was planning her wedding. That afternoon, her life was literally blown up.

For the past 3 months, Meaghan and Mike have not been able to get back into their own house. The damage is extensive. Insurance has helped, but the trauma of losing your home is not one that is easily overcome.  Having a home, security and a sense of peace is essential for anyone’s mental and emotional health. Yoga practice, good friends, and the love of her family helps. I know our loving community can help even more. 

I invite you to help support Meaghan and Mike by attending two special yoga classes at Perennial. On Saturday December 17th, our Winter Solstice 108 Sun Salutations, as well as my 4pm Slow Flow will be donation only classes, with all proceeds going to Meaghan and Mike. 

Money won’t fix everything, but it will help them get their lives back together, eventually. Please join me in supporting this bright shining light in our community.  Hug those you love close to you, because you never know when a regular day turns into something different. 

Register for class here: 

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