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This month I’m participating in 30 Days of Thanks (#30DaysofThanks) by writing a blog post about 30 things I’m thankful for. To join in, go to the link above. The best part is, you don’t need to have a blog or even be on social media to take part in the project; you just need to be thankful. I can’t wait to see how my life might change by spending the 30 days in November giving thanks for things in my life — every single day.

Today I went to a new bikram yoga studio that is a stone’s throw from my job to take advantage of the 30 days for $40 deal they have going. The entire studio is dedicated to bikram yoga, and since that’s the type that I like best (at my current weight and ability), it is perfect. The studio has been there for years, but has recently undergone major renovations, so that it now looks as beautiful and serene as the practice makes people feel. (Before the redo, it was really run down).

This summer I’d joined a different studio, one that’s less zen and more about fitness, and my overall experience wasn’t great. I love the look of that other studio, but the atmosphere was really competitive, and I always left the classes acutely aware of what I couldn‘t do; which is really the opposite of most yogic beliefs.

This quote and photo come from the website of the new studio that I tried out today, and I think it really sums up the new experience I had. I still couldn’t get into many of the poses, but at BYSJ, I felt more encouraged to continue to try. Rather than feeling like a failure, I felt encouraged and empowered. I know I won’t be able to fit a class in every single day for the next 30 days, but I will be able to go several times a week, and I’m sure that on December 5th I’ll be much more flexible and able to get into positions that weren’t available to me today. I’m grateful to begin that journey today.

Today I’m thankful that I gave myself a month of being able to improve my bikram poses. I’m thankful that the new studio offers convenient classes so that I can still allow myself time to prep for all that I need to do for teaching, attend a 90-minute yoga class after school, and and get home at a decent time. I’m thankful that the deal makes it possible for me to fit yoga into my budget. I’m thankful that yoga is going to be part of my life for the next 30 days.

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