The lady on the right is one of my oldest dearest friends since i was 16 years old. A very very long time. This week she came on my yoga retreat, in her words " i came to get a tan, read my books and have a bit of a holiday, yoga was bottom of my list of things to do" ..... Shes always made a bit of fun of all the things i do and Its interesting to be the teacher when your oldest friend who's seen you be and go through everything in your life is sitting in front of you as a student. Shes seen me be unkind, desperately sad, mean, lonely, scared, hurt, insecure.... all of it. So there was no pretending or masking or acting. Just me teaching what i have learnt to help me. Had to be my most authentic self with all my layers and i think it helped me to hold the best retreat to date. 6 days in and shes laughed, cried, released, cracked open, danced, made friends, connected and felt like she's who she was before she got married and had a kid. Yoga moved up to top 2 things on the list, right above getting a tan and all she keeps saying is "I love it here, i love everyone, I love yoga" And that makes me smile.