Back in 2005, two years after we had opened BYSJ, I received an email from a BYSJ member telling me
that there was someone at the studio that wanted to help out. It wasn’t long after that I received another email from the gentleman himself, asking if he could support what I was doing with things he saw missing. It was the next day that I saw Chris behind the desk helping with check-ins and giving me a list of items that we were out of and needed to purchase. This was the start of my 10 – year relationship with Chris Canevaro, and the beginning of his road to becoming BYSJ’s Manager, which he became within his first year.
Over the course of a few years I got to know Chris well, and became familiar with all the struggles he went through right up until he got himself into yoga. Addictions consumed his young and older adult life, and it wasn’t until he was “saved” that he made his 180 degree turn to become who we knew him to be – kind, generous, loyal, funny, lawyer sharp, brutally and compassionately honest, and a testimony to others about the power of surrender.
One Day at a Time
Chris passed away 22 months after he was diagnosed and those of you that knew Chris can confirm that
in those months of shock, hope, suffering, gratitude, and much mental and physical pain, Chris still came into see all of you, to take his yoga and to sweep the floor on your behalf. He didn’t hide his feelings. He’d share how miserable, how hopeful, how grateful he was often with tears or jokes, reminding all of us that life is full of joys and sorrows and despite what it is – show up. We are misguided to deny the more unfortunate things/times in our lives that happen, just as we are wrong to skip over a milestone such as completing 60 days of yoga. Our life is chock full of experience and we will find ourselves in seasons good, bad, or otherwise that make us grow gloriously when we accept fully that what it is, is what it is. Chris often said just that, “It is what it is” and often too he’d say, “One day at a time.” I know for sure that his biggest disappointment was that he would no longer be here with me and with you members. He often cried on that thought alone.