If you know me, you know that I love a good wellness plan. I’d love to live my life so that I’m consistently in good shape and don’t need a plan on New Year’s Day. But, my nearly 40-year-old body freaks out with even a two-week vacation from my usual routine.
The Ultimate Yogi’s 108 Day Program caught my eye (it’s supposed to be the P90X of yoga) but it wasn’t a perfect fit for me. Fourteen classes over 108 days isn’t enough of a variety for me and a vegan diet isn’t required which is a major goal of mine.
So, I’m taking the 108 day concept and tweaking it to meet my needs. According to Yoga Journal, the number 108 is a historically sacred number in yoga:
Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence. This number also connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth: The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters.
Today I shift from working toward vegan to vegan. I shift from eating well at home but splurging when I go out, to eating well all of the time.
For 108 days I will eat no:
Products that come from animals, including eggs and dairy
My daily practice will focus on Asana (physical postures), Pranayama (breath work), and Dhyana (meditation).
To begin this program, I did 108 sun salutations this morning to greet the New Year. My intention for the practice was to reflect on the one word that sums up my goals for the year: Develop.
I will develop:
Relationships – Family, friends, business
Yoga practice, focusing on freestanding inversions
Yoga teaching, finding a 500-hour teacher training program
InDependent, the health and wellness organization for military spouses that I’m building with some smart and talented women.
Skills – Photography, writing, networking, healthy recipe development
Personal wellness – Eating well, fitness, stress management, and creation of vibrant energy.
As I brought my hands together at my heart center for the last time after 108 sun salutations, the following came to mind:
I have the power to achieve my goals.
I have the power to develop as I choose.
Vibrant energy resides in my heart center.
This will not be an easy journey, especially considering my planned half-marathon training that will run alongside this program. The experts that say to ensure success you must make small changes would shake their heads at me. But, if I think about it, I’ve been walking down this path for awhile now and it’s time to take the final plunge.
Anybody want to jump with me?