I first met Olynda as a surprise sub for my regular Sunday morning class. Subbing for a group that’s been together for a long time (like 8 years) can be daunting, but it became apparent in the first five minutes that Olynda was the real thing. She subsequently went on to lead our office yoga program for more than two years, and saw our group through the darkest days of the recession. Throughout, she built a genuine rapport with a very diverse and idiosyncratic group of practitioners and was extremely flexible around scheduling and payment. Hawaii’s gain is New York’s loss!