Un dia la vez con gratitude

I haven’t had much time for Flowers4Em in April.  I’ve been working on a 30 day yoga challenge as my main priority. I go to a 90 minute Bikram style yoga class every day and have since April 1st.  I won’t lie, it is a very difficult work-out which gets your heart pounding and the body sweating A LOT! I don’t think I’ve sweat this much in my life.  At least on a daily basis like this.  Let’s just say the endocrine system is getting a full work out too! I definitely feel the rewards after every class and am in the final days of the challenge.  I have seven days remaining.  When I complete the last day of the challenge on April 30th I will have logged 45 hours of  hot yoga in the month of April 🙂  Yup that’s a lot of breathing exercises.  I am still unable to touch my forehead to my shins but I’m working on it.

This was a nice poem that the yoga instructor recited to us yesterday evening in class.  I’d like to also share it with you.

I am grateful for my limits
that teach me patience and pace

I am grateful for challenge, defeat, and loss

They teach me hope is not a light at the end of the dark tunnel
It’s the ember burning within me that I forgot to fan

I am grateful to my teachers
for introducing me to myself

I am grateful for my past
that has delivered me to my present

I am grateful for all I have found and all I have lost
Both remind me I can live with and without

I am grateful for silence and for laughter
And for my ears that can hear both

I am grateful to my heart
that beats and breaks and heals

I am grateful for the fullness of my life
For the brief, heartbreaking, heartwarming fullness of life.

by Jeannie Manchester

via: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/how-to-cultivate-gratitude-through-yoga.html#ixzz2zpNzNOJ0

Aside from the yoga challenge and all the Seattle rain I have been taking a few pictures here and there.  Here are a few from the past few weeks.  Enjoy!

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