Infamous Yoga “Plank”, How it has transformed my body and mind!!

Blue Bay Sunrise at Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Unity…Blue Bay Sunrise at Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

“I need a Holiday!”.…After 4 years, 2009-2012, of 4 extensive hip surgeries I found myself in tears.  Exhausted.  I finally, in deep honesty, admitted to myself my hearts desire... “a vacation”. The commitment I cultivated of intense discipline and hard work for successful recoveries had a price.  I was enduring the pressure of being a single mother needing to return to self employed work.  In addition, my daughter was in her late teens, and as you know….can be expensive. I shared this confidence with my mother who was fading from Parkinson’s and would pass Dec. 30, 2012.

Within days… her sister financially came to my support once again.  Upon receiving this generous gift, I wept.  Yes, tears were everywhere…..I was exhausted……An all inclusive in Los Cabos, Mexico awaited me with a guest of my choice.  A dear friend, who unconditionally was present during my challenging times, said “yes”. I was honored that I could offer her a gift in gratitude for all her help.

Los Cabos, Mexico, September 2012, a caught a sideways glimpse of myself in the bathroom mirror.  I saw a hunched over, flabby tired old woman. I decided in that moment, I didn’t want to live out the rest of my life like that.  I promised myself I was going to do all I could to transform what I saw and how I felt.  I wanted to reclaim my youth and the joy that had fuelled my daily life.

It was in returning home, with that intention, at Life Works Gym, that I discovered the PLANK.  A steady daily attempt at 15 seconds, 20 seconds…as months went by… 45 seconds…1 1/2 minutes…2013, the year went by….2 minutes… then within the next year 2014 , a 3 minute plank.  Woohoo!  Colleagues and clients would ask me what I was doing, that I glowed and looked good.  I would mention various practices regarding nutrition, meditation and the 3 minute Plank.  Their reaction was jaw dropping. “You can do that!  Wow”…..

I have found a regime that works for me.  It is personal….we all have our unique life story which continues to unfold. …..Patience, daily commitment, and now… a 4 minute Plank, can grace me on a good day!

Addressing the component of the mind…. In all honesty….I could do the 3 minute Plank but with a busy Monkey brain.…my term for a mind that doesn’t stop…a loop of continually dialogue….On my self directed spiritual retreat in Kauai, Christmas of 2014, I reflected, “What do I need to do to calm my mind?”  At 2:10 mins, I would start to shake, run through the grocery list and struggle to make it to the 3 minute mark.  Yes, darn “Ego” was my thought.  This did not rest well with me.  I saw it as a challenge to find a better way…..and I did!!  With my deep connection to meditation and its relationship to managing my pain, I heard my inner guidance….”Go to the place of meditation, before I attempt the Plank, and stay there… then witness the outcome.”

So… I did!  In Calgary, morning of January 6,2015, at my Dad’s condo, I opened my eyes, to discover  the 4 minute mark. with ease and grace!!  WooHoo!!


In Reflection:  We can all transform… with the intention and daily discipline….Yes, it does take commitment and strong will.  Heartfelt gratitude to all who have and continue to grace my path with love.  If you are looking for personal advice and a guide through your process… I encourage you to email me and we can discuss your dreams.   Believe in the Magic!!  



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