Celebration! I lost 15 pounds, 7 ½ inches, and my life was transformed
After my triumphant final class was a surprise party by Rhonda and attended by fellow yogis Zach Moses, and Jill Studnicki who is currently halfway through a 30 day hot yoga challenge of her own! The party gave me tremendous joy and validation and gratitude in so many ways, thank you. I received special gifts of a purple and yellow honorary Buddha prayer scarf from Rhonda and the book; “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin from Jill, which she says explains her reason to want to do a challenge. I will be reading it on the beach on my well-deserved vacation!
It took a few days to really let the full achievement sink in my psyche. This was a new and interesting season in my life. We all experience seasons that come into our lives for period of time and then leave, not always pleasant, but which serve a purpose, or share a lesson, or encompass a relationship. Some seasons are very pleasant and we never want them to end, this is one season’s fruit I want to savor for a long time.
I feel as if I have just climbed a huge mountain and as I descend some sadness comes to me. I am not saying goodbye, just moving into a new season. I still have so much to learn, and my forehead still doesn’t touch my knee, and that darn sit up is so far from perfect!
I am really looking forward my long vacation and getting back to a normal routine. I am a little afraid I will lose what I have been building and be back at square one when I come home a few weeks from now! The most seasoned yogis know the practice needs to be consistent to get the benefits.
To extract my personal 45 day Hot Yoga Challenge experience in a few honest words: "It was a personal journey with multi-faceted growth, like a well cut and polished diamond held in the sunlight, the experience radiates beautiful rainbows showing the world its beauty and light, created over time from the natural pressures and progression of the earth’s, or yoga’s forces, compacting and building to create to the final beauty."
Sparkle and Shine my friend, sparkle and shine and be the unique and precious gem you solely are meant to be! Namaste