Udaya Entertainment and Travis Eliot have partnered up with Doctors without Borders and are offering a special download of the Ultimate Yogi cross training yogaclass. To claim your gift visit this link and donate. You will receive your coupon code for the free download.
About Doctors WithOut Borders
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971.
Today, MSF provides independent, impartial assistance in more than 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. MSF also reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols.
In 1999, MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Doctors without Borders and the Ultimate Yogi
One of the central core principals of the Ultimate Yogi is health. We encourage you to take a journey to reclaim this basic tenant that is so often neglected and under appreciated. Doctors without Borders is an organization we admire due to their devotion to humanitarian aid. They enter situations and places that most would steer clear of and offer true assistance. They are an open book when it comes to funding and are dependent on donations from independent philanthropists.
Below is a little excerpt from a Q and A session with Travis Eliot and Examiner journalist Rheba Estande
Rheba Estante is a writer who specializes in healthcare topics with a special focus on women’s health. She is the Neuroscience Editor for the ADDA E-News, a Patch.com writer for the Berkeley area, and a blogger for YourTango. Before moving to California she was born in the Philippines, raised in Canada, and spent time in London, England and New York City. Nowadays she can be found in California and Hawaii.
For those who are not familiar with you, could you briefly describe how you became a yoga expert and teacher?
I just started out as a student with no ambitions to ever teach. But after a couple of close calls with death, I kind of felt like I was steered by the Universe on this path of teaching. After being a student on a Yoga Retreat in Thailand I was invited there to stay and start teaching. Then the big Tsunami of 2005 hit which led me back home to Los Angeles where I started teaching donation based classes to just a couple of students in little martial arts dojo. The rest is history.
What are the most profound changes in your life that you have experienced after becoming a Yogi?
I would say on a physical level that in addition to becoming way stronger and way more flexible that I healed chronic neck and knee pain from old injuries. The other thing is the moment I started practicing yoga all my negative habits just fell to the way side. Things like drinking, partying, eating bad just stopped without any effort. It was like the Yoga made me feel more Whole and I didn’t need any destructive vices to fill the inner void.
How did the UY program come about? How did you conceive the idea of it and what was your intention for the product out in the market?
The UY program came about because nobody had made a real Yoga fitness program of this scale. It just seemed natural to put something together that would be revolutionary for people that were willing to stick to the program for 108 days. Fortunately the universe hooked me up with student Yariv Lerner who helped me to produce this massive project. The intention behind UY was always to have more healthy, happy people walking the planet.
After being a Yogi for several years, how do you continue to challenge and grow your practice and skills given that you are an expert?
Well, you can never be a teacherless teacher. The moment that we stop growing and learning is the moment that we start withering away. I’ve spent a lot of this year studying with a remarkable teacher named Annie Carpenter at Exhale Venice. Also, I’m always devouring books, listening to music, and watching videos that continue to feed me so that I have more to pass on. Lastly, I’ll say that as a teacher you have to practice every day. Just like you wouldn’t want an attorney that doesn’t practice every day to represent you in an important case you don’t really want a yoga teacher that doesn’t really live the path to guide you down the road.
Will there be an UY 2.0 or 3.0? Is the 108 day regime a good way to prepare for a yoga retreat with you?
I don’t know if there will be a UY 2.0. For whatever reason I’ve never been short on ideas and I have things constantly brewing in my head that I think have the potential to be incredible. Also, I kind of feel that the momentum of the current UY is just beginning and has barely scratched the surface of it’s potential. So it feels right to let that live and breathe some more and if the conditions are right then release something down the road that is equally if not more amazing than the original UY!
If someone does UY108 they would absolutely be prepared for a retreat with me, in fact they would probably be prepared for a lot of things! But, I’ve had ladies that have dragged their boyfriends to a retreat with me and even though those guys hadn’t really done yoga they were fine. My style is challenging but the constant message is to be respectful and always honor what your body is communicating to you.
Have you seen improvements in health and overall well-being in those who are healthcare professionals that were skeptical about Yoga? If so, which personal stories stand out to you most?
Yes! There is one surgeon that did the 108 and he was excited to share that his focus was sharper in the operating room, the yoga helped his back due to all the hunching that was required, and that he was able to be more present to his patient’s needs. He also shared how dramatically the journey enriched his relationship to his wife and kids. If that’s the case wouldn’t you want your doctor to be practicing yoga?!
For those who donate to the Doctors without Borders fundraiser, what kind of thank you gifts can they look forward to from UY?
We would love to offer those who donate a digital version of the Ultimate Yogi Cross Training practice that is a well rounded session that will challenge your strength, balance, flexibility and stamina. Both your body and mind will feel amazing at the end of this class!!
Thanks Rheba for your article and please donate to Doctors without Borders – its a great cause.