I leave with nothing but love

Days 101
Classes 118 (+9 advanced)
Teacher Karen

“I came to this world with nothing
and I leave with nothing but love” – Mike Skinner

Final day, and we’re all done. I thought the above quote was rather fitting.

Today’s class was the hardest so far, just couldn’t breath. But managed to stay in the room so it was all good.

It’s time for some pictures. Here’s an almost full series, just skipped out a couple that are hard to get good photos of.

Looking at those photos I’ve still got a lot of back bending to do, and damn it Lock the Knee! (in standing bow). If you want to know what I think about the postures read the posture summary post from a couple of weeks back.

I thought I’d finish with a poem to round this all up. Ask me how!

Did you hear about the rose that grew
from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature’s law wrong it
learned to walk with out having feet.
Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams,
it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else even cared.

You see you wouldn’t ask why the rose that grew from the concrete
had damaged petals. On the contrary, we would all celebrate its
tenacity. We would all love it’s will to reach the sun.
Well, we are the rose – this is the concrete – and these are
my damaged petals. Don’t ask me why, thank God, ask me how!
— Tupac Amaru Shakur

12 thoughts on “I leave with nothing but love

  1. “I leave with nothing but love” – what a marvelous conclusion to your challenge! You look so so strong and focused in your practice – awesome. Congratulations Johan!

  2. Okay, fixed the photos. I knew they were causing issues, but posted from the phone so couldn’t fix it at the time.

  3. Wow, nice rabbit, Johan. Thanks for posting, and thank you for sharing all your updates. Congratulations on finishing! What an accomplishment.

  4. Hey Johan, its been awhile, but I have been reading and am absolutely amazed by your accomplishment, nothing but yogalove for you dear. Great pictures by the way! espcially the half locust, awkward series, floor bow, and rabbit. You derserve to treat yourself, what do you have in mind for your next step in yoga, any thoughts?

  5. Hey Johan, it’s been awhile but I have been reading and all I have to say is WOW! You blew this out of the water my dear, congratulations on your amazing accomplishment, nothing but yogalove to you. Now is the time to treat yourself! Have you thought about where you might take your yoga journey next, any thoughts? Love your pics, especially rabbit, half locust, floor bow and awkward series..I like the arch in fixed firm too!!

  6. Thank you all. I must say the pictures blew me away as well. I had no idea some those postures looked that good. 🙂

  7. “I leave with nothing but love” – what a marvelous conclusion to your challenge! You look so so strong and focused in your practice – awesome. Congratulations Johan!

  8. Hey, just wanted to say thanks for your blog, which I found when I was googling Paschimottanasana (still a mystery to me). I read it all in a few chunks, and have found it really helpful for my own practice. Yesterday I was full of excuses (I spent the weekend camping, had very little sleep, felt like my back was a bag of rocks), but I remembered your example and went to class anyway. Remembering the times you chose to practise at the back of the room, I swapped my usual place at the front for a space further back and tried to have a really quiet, ego-free practice. I’d expected to have to sit out a few postures, but I actually had a great and very different-feeling class. So, thank you!

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