Dear Anna Leo,
More than 20 years ago, I was a dancer in your studio class. I was the awkward, overly-eager one.
One day, you rolled out a skeleton on wheels and taught our class about connection, balance, and standing tall. You taught us how to stand before we moved. Then we moved, danced, leapt, stretched. Then you brought us back to standing: Tadasana.
The first time you said Tadasana, something inside me shifted into a more familiar place and I was at once home in my body. Thank you for that.
I am now a yoga teacher and every time I re-stack my bones - remembering to connect, to balance and to stand tall - I remember you and send you gratitude, love and light.
I googled you recently and found your faculty picture: your body poised in Crane Pose.
Something inside me celebrated and my brains said, "Of course!"
The Crane is a bird that mates for life and has become a symbol of loyalty, love, and dedication. Just like you! For decades you have remained loyal to the art of dance, the power of yoga and sharing that with others...like me.
You are a Crane, a beautiful Crane, and all of your students thank you for that.