When Amy asked me to provide some inspirational words regarding my completion of 180 classes, I was not sure what to say since I am not the best student when it comes to certain postures. She indicated that everyone wants to know why I completed the challenge. To be completely truthful, my goal was to quickly rehab my shoulder after having surgery earlier this year. I planned to assume my regular activities of lifting weights, swimming, spinning, cross fit, etc., as soon as possible. However, my left shoulder had another plan. As time went by and I kept adding an additional 30 days to my challenge, something delightful occurred. I discovered the REAL NICOLE or should I say, I realized I want to be a yogi or at least, try to be. I have spent countless years and hours pounding and beating up my body trying to get the perfect body. I realize now that it does not matter. What is most important is how you feel on the inside, not how you look on the outside. So the question again, why did I do the challenge? Because I needed to discover the real me. My goal now is to discover more of the new me via my Bikram/yoga journey by aiming to:
Start – Try to start each class in the right mental and physical state for that particular class.
Begin – Try to begin and maintain focus to execute each posture to the best of my ability for that particular class, whatever that may be, along with seeking stillness in between postures.
Change – Try to embrace the change, meaning that at the end of each practice, I am one more class to evolving into the new me. What can be better than that, since my body on the outside eventually will mirror how I feel on the inside.
I want to thank everyone for their kind words and support these past few months and I especially want to thank my husband, Andrew, for introducing me to Bikram.
Until the next challenge . . . .