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Day 29: Inspiration in This Moment

Got up early again this morning to take Swyann’s 6am class. What a breath of fresh air she is! With a calm and soothing voice, she instills motivation, inspiration, and confidence in her students.  Her entire aura is just immaculate! She told me after class that she really loves being at the studio, and I responded by saying that it really shows. Today was day 3 in a row of not skipping out on any postures (although I admit I thought about it a couple times).

During savasana midway through class, she read an exerpt that really stuck with me. All I remembered after class was “your body is your child,” so I Googled it as soon as I got into work and found the quote (not the whole thing… but this really sums it up):

“Your body must be disciplined like a child, calmly but forcefully. You are, in fact, reeducating your body and as the various areas are convinced that you are serious, they will begin to obey. Your body is your child.” —Richard Hittleman

I love this because it really shows the connection between mind, body, and soul. While I’ve somewhat been in touch with the connection amongst the three for some years now, I feel it more and more as I practice daily.

She also reminded us to stay present in our bodies throughout the day. It was a reminder from a chapter I read last night in Eckhart Tolle’s “Power of Now”…on feeling the body as a whole as much as possible no matter where I’m at any given moment in my day.

Just one day left!!!

Day 28: Bittersweet

Took the 6pm with Insel today. Walked in with a clear mind, and for the first time in this last month, I managed to really center myself in savasana before class commenced… to a point that I had a slight smile on my face for the entire 90 minutes!

Got through every pose with no rest again. Second day in a row doing that feels amazing. I think the thing I really enjoyed the most today was bow pose. Insel came out of nowhere in my second set and literally pulled me off the ground from my ankles! My body naturally leaned forward and the wind got knocked out of me for a split second. But the stretch…was…divine. I saw Francisco do the same thing to a 10-year old girl and refer to it as the “picnic basket” as he swung her back and forth. So cool. Insel told me after class that he could tell my spine was really strengthening and I’m more flexible than ever. Four hours later, I still feel the tingling.

I made the decision to do my last 2 days in the early mornings. I want to end this challenge on a relaxing note and I’m not sure if I can take the packed room in the afternoons.

This final week has been bittersweet so far. But as I’ve mentioned before… I’m going to keep up my regular practice 🙂

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