In 2015, I exercised very little. I remember the longer I went without exercising, the more I felt physically vulnerable. I didn’t like that feeling.
Having a regular exercise routine builds muscle mass and self- confidence.
The increased self-confidence I feel, is partially due to the decreased level of pain in my shoulders, elbows, hips and knees since I started this 30 day challenge.
I also felt strong enough to confront a life long fear of heights.
Today I was able to climb a tree and get into “tree pose.”
When I first started practicing yoga 14 years ago, needless to say, my ego guided my practice. I forced my way into and out of every posture because I wanted to prove I could. If everyone else was doing i.e. “Pigeon Pose” I should be able to. This monkey won the prize, I torqued my knee, causing unnecessary injury.
Being an observer allows you the time to connect with your body and avoid injury.
If you have never taken a yoga class or if you are already a seasoned practitioner, I recommend taking an easy flow class where the flow is at a slower pace. Moving at a slower pace gives you time to feel more and respond appropriately to your body’s messages.
When you get a sense of what your body is trying to communicate, you have the knowledge to back off or modify a position that best meets your body’s physical structure. A good instructor can assist you in making the proper adjustments.
Practicing observation will allow you to respect and honor your body’s unique design.
Don’t be a Monkey. Be yourself!
Its a bitter sweet goodbye for now. Whether we meet again in this life time or the next. Thank you my friends. I am heading back to my homeland in a week. I am excited to reconnect with my family and friends back home. Indonesia you have been my home away from home. You fed me spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically, you cheered me on, you kept me safe, you rescued me, supported me, enlightened me, guided me and listened to me. We laughed and played, we expressed love and appreciation for our differences, we shared our dreams and desires for our future and most of all we shared respect for each other. I want to pay tribute to this archipelago of love. You opened my heart and opened your arms and the words THANK YOU can never truly express the gratitude I have for the gifts I am taking home.
It was an honor and a privilege to work along side this amazing young man. Thank you Tobin
My confidant, friend, travel guide, Yin yoga teacher, and photographer. Thank you Audrey.
Nurlifa and Siti my security guards. Grace and the Gang From PetLove Clinic
My neighbor Emilia and family This little guys I met at a drive by wedding.
I taught these little guys some signs language at a small village school in Puncak
Thank you, Rudolf, Kiki, Stacy and all my other animal friends who taught me how to open my heart.