When you look at a challenge in something it is usually about the destination. In yoga, I learned this month, it has very little to do with the number of classes or getting to that last class.
For me, I thought I counted pretty good, no way I could be off. I have been counting down the days for at least the last 10, planning every class. But somewhere after the 20th class, even though I was counting, I found something different happening. Change! I didn’t care so much about the number as getting to the class. It was more of a pain to have to think through the number I was on instead of hurrying into that hot room! The 60 minute classes started to feel like not enough class. I craved the double classes instead of dreading them. I looked forward to the challenging postures and can honestly say I pushed every single pose.
The poses started to change too. I look at the pictures I took of just a couple of postures early in the month and can’t believe how much I have progressed in just a month! I stretch deeper, hold longer, breath better. The benefits are endless. I’m not out of breath during class and I breath through each posture with a clear and calm mind.
The mind thing is crazy. I’m a 80mph thinker type and have never been able to clear my mind. I thought that basically would never happen for me. And here I am, I barely think during the class. The poses become a comfort as I transition from pose to pose (what I love about Hatha, you can get in the zone and know what is coming next).
And then the HEAT, give me heat! Around class 20 I had a couple of tough classes. I came out overheated, out of breath and not feeling great. But after that, I got over that hump and now I crave it. Oh you don’t even understand unless you’ve tried it! My body feels better, I can’t describe it well enough, just try it!
30 classes in 30 days. It is an accomplishment and I am proud. But it was more than that, it was transformation.
Favorite Yoga quote from the last month: