Friday, May 3, 2013

Becoming The Ultimate Yogi(ni)

It's no secret that I love yoga.

Ken nearly cringes when people ask me about it.  He knows I'm about to launch into all the benefits of a yoga practice- how it's different from stretching & that there are many kinds of yoga & different teachers & different styles so there's something for everyone.... and on & on.

I usually stop when their eyes glaze over and it's clear that the individual is 
sorry that they ever said "yoga".

Yoga was the first thing I tried after Katie was born and I began my fitness journey.  I had a VHS tape that I would pop in during my early days as a stay-at-home mom.  If Katie woke up during my practice I would put her on the mat and smile down at her while I was in downward-facing dog.

(true for me!)

Of all the fit activities I love, I think I'm best-suited for yoga.  Running is a joy for me, but it doesn't come easily or naturally.  I really have to work at it and I'm still slower than molasses.  (It's a good thing I don't mind being a turtle.)  Yoga is- by it's very nature- not competitive and that suits me fine.  My tree pose doesn't look like everyone else's tree pose because all trees are different.  We're not supposed to look the same.

So, when I found "The Ultimate Yogi" on twitter I followed and I went to the website for more information.  What I found was a 108 day program promising changes to both your body and your life. I suppose you could say it's like P90X for yoga-lovers.

I started my 108 day journey on Saturday morning.

Friends, these DVDs are no joke.  They are all about an hour long and teacher, 
Travis Elliot takes you through a full class.

I'm not even a whole week in, but I'll tell you what I've learned so far.

1. My arms are not as strong as I thought.
They felt like jell-o after the first workout.

2. The "diet" is more of a common sense directive 
to stop eating crap.  
Whole foods that remember where they came from are encouraged on this program.  
That's fine by me, since I'm eating very clean these days.

3. My hips are very tight.
I may need to schedule a deep-tissue massage soon. 
(I hope not- it's so scary)

So, will I be the Ultimate Yogini at the end of 108 days?  I doubt it- but perhaps I'll be on a journey to being a better version of Rhonda.  And that's all I need.

The Ultimate Yogi DVD set was given to me at no charge.  
I was not asked to write a positive review.  
All text & opinions stated here are my own.

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