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
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!
This is what I woke up to this morning! I had just poured a cup of coffee and looked out the front window and my chin hit the ground. I grabbed my phone and outside I went to try and capture it. This is what I saw 🙂 It stayed with me all day.