At the end of the 50 minute cycle, with a face full of purple, I began to celebrate the countdown clock’s show of 00:00, Zero. Zero minutes left. 50 well spent.
Then she announces, “Alright, let’s bring it to a plank.”
Oh, uh-huh. I think with an eye roll and a smile. Kind of evil, but fine, I’m game.
Surrendering to the order and getting down to my knees, I slowly brought myself to a push up position with my forearms flush with the floor. After 50 minutes of joggin, sprinting, squatting, crunching, don’t forget the lifting and kicking, it all comes down to this. Literally, down, level to the ground.
I stare meditatively at my clasped hands in front of me. Feel the sweat that’s been building begin to drip. The burn of my abs, my feet begin to slip. Legs shake slightly, then I feel a rush come over me. An epiphany that I have 30 seconds left. I’m overcome with a warm sensation. Feeling every muscle in my body tighten, an expression of gratitude for the acknowledgment of their existence. I make a conscious decision to flex tighter, to embrace and feel every muscle I can. I straighten my posture, widen my stance.
And then I began to laugh. I thanked God right there and then. With a purple face and sweaty dazed grace, I thanked the Universe and people I love. I laughed again, acknowledging the slightly insane moment of clarity. I celebrated that I had the energy to be there, sweating and strengthening after a strenuous day. I felt strong. As I went through my thank yous in my mind, the clock counted down. 10, 9, 8…I actually shook my head with grin, realizing I bizarrely wanted more time.
Then we were free. I exhaled deeply. Got down into the hare pose, then upward cobra. And all sorts of yoga I don’t knowvas. I went with the flow and unwound. Mindful of my breathing.
I sat up and I glanced into the mirror, taking in my reflection. I looked a mess. Sweat pouring. Face completely flushed, with wild, tousled hair falling rebelliously out of my pony tail in all directions.
And then I thought, beautiful. This is beautiful me, plank you very much.