A Letter of Thanks from Andrew Gurvey

11/26/2020

Dear TBY Yoga Community,

2020 has certainly been a challenging year for all of us.  I’m always careful when I make a blanket statement like that, but with the onset of COVID-19, a heavily divided and vicious political climate, a record number of natural disasters (all of which are record-setting in and of themselves), and the resultant effect that we are essentially isolated from one another and have to adapt to new ways of creating connections. This is a powerful time, indeed, and a scary one.  For me, it’s easy to get sucked into the rabbit hole of negativity and sadness and wallow in my own suffering.  As we head into Thanksgiving, the paradox of what this holiday represents versus what we may be experiencing daily creates an avenue for sadness, depression,  and perhaps even confusion.  Of course, I say all of this with the knowledge that we truly are all in this together. As such, it might seem like a strange follow-up to talk about the practice of gratitude.  In fact, it is herein that lies the beautiful paradox that the journey through adversity offers the greatest path to gratitude.  By allowing myself to feel the pain of loss and that which used to be, I’m also able to feel gratitude and appreciation for what I have and the beautiful blessing of everything good in my life.  This will be the last newsletter that we send before we permanently say goodbye to 210 Terrace Drive.  As we all let go of the physical structure where we practiced, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for all of the amazing people I have met, the community that we have forged, and the fact that TBY is far bigger than any other edifice that may contain it.  Whether we are online or in person, to be ourselves and to be together is the greatest blessing I have had for the last five years, and I am so excited that we will continue to be together. We will see what form our practice of yoga takes as we step into the future.  When I think about gratitude, I think about you.  I think about how much each one of you means to me.  I think about the swelling of generosity, support and kindness that we have experienced through the years, and I’m overwhelmed with appreciation.  As we move into Thanksgiving this weekend, I realize that I have so much to be grateful for.  Look at the beautiful community of which we are a part.  This very reflection brings tears of joy and appreciation to my eyes.  I am grateful that we can continue together as we adjust to the world around us.  I am grateful for the greatest business partner, friend, companion, and wife; I am traveling with on this amazing life adventure.  I am grateful for my wonderful stepkids, who have truly helped me become a more well-rounded, reflective person and for allowing me to have a role in their lives.  I am grateful that technology, when used for good, can bring us all together and that we can practice triangle pose together at the same moment from any location in the entire world.  And I’m grateful for you, the reader, the practitioner, the friend, the confidante,… the yogi.  Thank you for being a part of our lives, sticking with us through thick and thin, working with us as we adjust, and creating the space for compassion, lovingkindness, goodwill, humor, and love.   And if nobody else has told you this today, you are amazing.  You are wonderful.  You are smart, gifted, and your existence brings joy to those around you and to me.  I appreciate you.  I thank you.  I am grateful for you!  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Sincerely,

Andrew J. Gurvey

President/Director of Technology/Yoga Teacher

TBY Yoga