You would think I would start my blog off with a post about myself. Well, that is just not how I do things. If you are interested in learning more about me and what I do click here. Instead I am going to talk about the Ultimate Yogi challenge I have been doing.
I purchased the Ultimate Yogi program years ago. I was working out very seriously at the time. I was doing P90X, Insanity, and training for a marathon. . . all at once. If you don't know what P90X and Insanity are, they are at home workout programs by Beachbody. Look them up, they're actually very good. But they are no joke and I was spending a good portion of my day working out. Surprisingly, I aggravated an old knee injury and after my long run on a Saturday couldn't put weight on my left leg on a Sunday. I was pretty limited so I starting exploring yoga again. Bikram yoga had healed my knees years before. . . well, healed might be a strong word considering I did injure them again. . . and made it so I was able to run again. I also wanted something serious, and the Ultimate Yogi seemed serious. I did try it when I first bought it. The practices themselves are about 70 minutes, plus 20 minutes of an ab routine 3 days a week, PLUS meditation (10, 20, or 30 minutes). I suppose it isn't too surprising that it was easy for me to find plenty of excuses not to take that much time out of my day to do this and could never really complete more than 2 weeks the times I tried to do the program. It only took me 5 years to come back to it, but here I am.
The program is 108 days long, broken into 3 chunks. Each chunk has a different rotation of DVDs, longer meditation time than the last, and ends with a session of more and more sun salutations. I am 35 days in. Tomorrow is the last day of the first "segment." I missed a few days because I was very sick and I decided to just push it off instead of trying to double up on these super long workouts. I started it with the intention of finishing exactly before we leave for Cancun. I have been working out regularly and just have a final 10 lbs I would like to lose before I have to wear a bathing suit in public! I didn't want to force it off and I thought this would be a good way to slowly take it off through being mindful and restoring my body from the tough workouts and running I had been doing.
I really love this program. It's hard. I'm currently working two jobs and trying to get my reiki business off the ground so my free time is certainly limited. It isn't easy setting aside that much time in my day. It has become so grounding for me. My work place doesn't aggravate me like it has. I can be calmer and better at my job. I am a better and more patient person. I am truly starting to love my life. I also feel like I am able to tap into my intuition better and receive messages from my higher self. I feel better at allowing and not fighting the world. My flexibility has improved. And fast! And dramatically. Not even a third of the way in!
I cannot wait to see what the next DVDs are like and what else happens next!