there are few people on this planet who embody total graciousness & kindness. who never show their pain no matter how much they are dealing with. who live simply.
kate maguire was of those few.
i first met her at yogaview in it's original location. she worked the desk & sometimes came to mysore class. after finding out she had been practicing yoga for 6 years & was unable to do a headstand in the center of the room, we decided to get rid of her wall once & for all. success.
she was so grateful for this that she gave me some spending money for one of my overseas trips. she insisted. then she joined me in kovalam to study with lino on my 4th trip. i got to know her better. i learned about her family, her illness, her heart. yoga was not always easy for her yet she stuck with it & accepted it for what it was. she was incredibly generous & thoughtful towards others. i was often astonished how she never seemed to feel sorry for herself.
she had a little dog named champara (shorty or chompi) who needed a wool sweater for the cold weather, so i knit one for her & a hat to match for kate in japanese yarn. chompi enjoyed his sweater a lot. he never left her side.
kate made yogaview the most beautiful studio i've ever seen. her taste & talent with flowers was unbelievable. i never got to see her garden yet we live in the same neighborhood. we were trying to schedule some buddy meditation in her rose garden but things got complicated in her life.
kate lived righteously. without any ego whatsoever. always a kind word. always listening to what you have to say. compassionate. giving. an awesome role model & inspiration to all that knew her.
and completely down to earth.
missing you kate