108 Days Later
Every time someone completes the 108 day journey I am inspired. Reading the response we get on Facebook, it always humbles me to think that another person has embarked on the 108 day journey and it always awes me that they manage to complete it. It takes commitment, it takes strength, it takes perseverance, and it takes gumption. Having gone through the program 2 and 1/2 times I know how the challenges of life can get in the way and its the people on our Facebook page that keep me inspired to get on the mat every chance I get. Thank you Loreta for the following words…..
“Wow! I wrote the following words during my final week of 108 in preparation for my salutations; reflection on what has transpired. After completing my 108 words can not express how filled with gratitude and joy I am. This journey has shown me that with focus, commitment and consistency you can achieve anything. I am speechless and overwhelmed. ~Namaste to all of you who have traveled this journey with me. (｡❤‿❤｡)
108 Days… WOWZER! Focus, Commitment, Consistency = Power, Strength, and Energy!!!
Goodbye Cobra… Hello Upward Dog!
When the student is ready the teacher will appear. I don’t believe in coincidences, I believe that things happen for a reason and people are brought into our lives when we need them or they need us. Back in December I was vacationing in Nicaragua and started a daily yoga practice. I had done yoga on and off for 8+ years attending classes at the health club. In Nicaragua I was starting to get bored with my DVDs and stumbled upon Travis’ Yoga Evolution on iTunes. As soon as I started this quirky DVD I was hooked on Travis’ teaching style. The marriage of mind, body, spirit was just what I was looking for. I needed more Travis and a search on the internet led me to The Ultimate Yogi.
Starting the 108 Day Journey
When I returned to the States in February I settled back in, watched some of the UY DVDs, picked a date and started the 108 journey. And now, here I am, at the end of it.
It is hard to sum up the UY journey. My life has been enriched … mind, body, and spirit.
The easiest to talk about is the physical change. I have exercised most of my life; in the gym, on the bike, hiking, backpacking, skiing, and lifting heavy weights. The first week of Ultimate Yogi I left each practice with a “Wow… I guess there is a lot of room for improvement on that DVD… won’t be outgrowing these for a LONG time!!!”
The Ultimate Yogi has given me more strength and muscle definition than all those years of previous activities combined. Even with all my exercising being able to do a “real” pushup eluded me. It was something I wanted to conquer… I lifted heavy, I bought a book called 7 weeks to 100 pushups… and nothing… until Ultimate Yogi. I am now elated to say that I can do REAL pushups, yogi pushups, and side arm balance flow. AND, I can see definition in my upper body like never before.
Flexibility…. well… uh… yes, flexibility has seen some improvements…. I can now consistently do plow pose and touch my toes to the ground for the duration, I can do a yogi squat, and I felt my head on my knees for a tiny bit in forward fold…. um, yes, there are still areas for improvement there.
Mind and spirit is a little tricker to sum up because it is internal to the thought processes and not something you can physically point to. I have been working on the mind and spirit for quite some time, but UY is the icing on the cake. UY has brought a calmness and centeredness to my life. I can say that I now travel through life with more equanimity. Things that would have bothered me before come and then they quickly go. The ability to live in the moment and appreciating a life filled with gratitude has grown exponentially. It is true that living a yogic life really happens off the mat.
Last but not least, one of the best gifts of the UY program has given me is the wonderful people I have met who are on this journey side-by-side offering up encouragements, frustrations, and laughs. The journey would have not been the same without the support of this wonderful group. ~Namaste
And thank you Loreta for spending these 108 days with us as well.