I’m writing this from a small town called Srpska Crnja in Serbia. I arrived yesterday afternoon and I’m super happy to be here. I successfully finished the 30 Day Challenge last Thursday, but I was swamped with preparations for my trip and a bachelorette party my friends threw for me, that I never got around to blogging about my final day’s experience.
It was lovely to have Suzie practice with us that morning. I also arrived at the studio with the rest of the crew at 6 am, which was a first for me. I had always started a bit later and it was awesome to be almost completely synchronized with the others. We finished at the same time and said namaste to each other in person! Physically, my practice felt great and my personal growth was very evident. I’ve learned how to connect with my breath much better over the past 30 days. I also learned how to breath through the postures that require a lot of effort, instead of getting frustrated and feeling like I simply can’t. Because I can. Because I’m in the posture and I’m practicing yoga so long as I’m breathing steadily and with purpose.
I’ve developed such a great new habit over the last month and I refuse to let it go. I haven’t practiced in a few days now because I’ve been travelling, adjusting, sleeping, and visiting family, but I plan to continue the daily practice starting tomorrow. I’ve vowed to make yoga a part of my daily morning routine, even if it means to simply salute the sun each day. I’ll be realistic in my own expecatations of myself, so I’m committing to a full Primary Series three times per week. More is welcome, less is unexceptable. On top of that, I’ll be starting to teach a multi-week program here in a couple of weeks, and I’m stoked for that! I’ll also be going to some classes in the city of Novi Sad to check out the yoga environment here. I’ll blog about it all!
As for the June 30 Day Challenge, I will try it. Serbian cooking is extremely meat-based and it would be almost impossible to completely eliminate meat from my diet for a full month. I’m not even sure I want to, since the meat and dairy products are so fresh here, and truly organic (my grandma feeds and nourishes her own chickens, and you would not believe how yellow the egg yokes are). However, the vegetables from her garden are also exceptional, heirloom, organic veggies. From that perspective, there’s no better time to go vegan than when all of the plants are homegrown! I brought The Thrive Diet book here with me and will definitely give this challenge a go. I wish I could commit to it fully, but I don’t think it’s a realistic goal for me at this time.
I’ll see how this month unfolds with a new living arrangement and a new job, and I’ll keep you all updated. In the meantime namaste, my friends!