Bliss And Retrospection / 30 Days Of Yoga Complete

   

   I wanted to wait until the next day to write this posting. I finished my thirty consecutive days in a row of Bikram / Vinyasa flow experience. There are so many things that came up for me during this time. The lessons, conversations, and most of all accountability were just off the charts. I watched as some were there with me each day and some were not. I spoke with my fellow yogis and they echoed some of my same feelings about the challenge. I even experienced days when I thought that I had made zero progress. I had to quiet all of those toxic and debilitating thoughts and just be one with myself.

     I noticed that during the 30 days, people started calling me by my first name that I had never been introduced to with a smile. I also noticed that it was always the collective energy of the room and the practice that kept me coming back every day. There is an energy inside of a yoga class that is foreign at best to the common person. It also mirrors life in another way because everyone is struggling with something and they have to expose it at some point in the way that is most comfortable for them. The bodies are all different as well as the flexibility, breath support, focus, and amount of time that we have been practicing. The best thing though, is that we all come together to work on becoming a unit that flows together. Yoga is about creating a union within yourself that translates to the world outside in countless ways.

      Here are some of my revelations from the challenge:
  • Until I decide, nothing will be consistent in any part of my life.
  • Being late is more than the train getting stuck. I wasn't late once in 30 days.
  • Breathing is an essential tool for overcoming pain on and off of the mat.
  • The moment you take your focus off of you, the possibility of falling triples. 
  • If you listen more to the soul than the mind, life becomes clearer.
  • Being hard on yourself is always optional. Respecting yourself is not. 
  • You can always do more than you think you can, always.
  • Motivating yourself provides more satisfaction than waiting for others to do it for you.
  • Doing anything for 30 days in a row will awaken you like never before. 
  • People who are amazed that I did this had to take their own inventory on what was possible for them.
      Let's really lay this out on the table. I am not any stronger, smarter, or even more adventurous than any of you. I just have a drive to find out what is on the other side of my assumptions about what my ceiling is.  This challenge was difficult, yet so satisfying because I only had one person to prove something to, and that is myself.  This is the third year in a row that I have done this to start off the year and it was also the strongest. Right now my lower back is tingling a bit and I feel a little light and spacey as well. However, this is my first day of rest and I will have another one tomorrow too. I feel great and I feel as though I have shed a layer of my mental blockage that has been keeping me in idle mode as it relates to certain things.

       I want to recommend a book that I read during the last week of my challenge that really impressed me. It had some information that I needed in that exact space of that week. It is called Reality Transurfing . Please get this book either online or from your local library and let me know what you think of it. I am planning to practice yoga at least 3 times a week minimum and I will begin to mix it up with some other movement as well. Thank you to all that supported me endlessly. I truly feel the love from all of you and it means so much to me that I cannot express it in words...
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