Jeramie Andrade is an educator at lululemon athletica Polo Park who embarked on a yoga journey starting January 2013. Her challenge was to sweat for 365 days straight! You can follow along with her journey on her blog 365sweatdates. She is just past the 200 day mark and has invited us into her journey through sharing her triumphs, struggles and transformation.
When I look back at the last two hundred days I can still remember the moment when I told myself I was going to sweat every day for year. I already had envisioned my failure early on because I had never really committed to anything longer then 30 days. I started this journey really unsure of where it was going to take me and sitting here writing for Prairie Yogi Magazine 200 days later is absolutely mind blowing!
In the beginning I actually thought this idea was ludacris and I was already creating excuses in my mind about how I wouldn't find time and there would be so many factors contributing to my failure. One of the most powerful things that anyone has ever told me, came from a fellow lululemon'er "everything is easy, it's your mind that creates the struggle".
The Turning Point
Day 39 was one of the most pivotal moments for my sweat challenge. Yoga public was celebrating their one year anniversary with 108 sun salutations and I jumped into class not exactly pumped to go, but looking forward to a good sweat. Up until this point in my challenge I had been doing 2 or 3 classes a day and I already knew I was burning out. Battling out 108 sun salutations in an hour and 45 minutes was like climbing an enormous mountain. I was physically and mentally exhausted. I had signed up for another class and as I walked out it dawned on me that it wasn't about how many classes I did in this challenge but rather really appreciating and fueling the machine that I've taken for granted for so long; my mind and body. This became a turning point in my practice. It no longer mattered to me about what I had done and shifted into where my body wanted to take me. I was struggling because in my mind I needed to do more classes but as you let go of all those thoughts those struggles automatically disappear. Whenever you devote your time into anything that you do, you start to recognize things that where always there but you missed because it wasn't at the forefront of your mind. Once you recognize that, your mind and body start to work together in a way you never could imagine.
A New Found WisdomEveryday is a new breath and I get to create something new, something amazing. It is strange when your body gets so accustomed to working and twisting in different ways that your muscles remember what you think your mind forgets. I think that is what yoga is - uniting your mind and body in a way that the separation of the two is unrecognizable.
Continuing the journey
After 200 days I finally see a light at the end of this tunnel! This year so far has been one of the most amazing years of my life! I'm not sure what I'll do after 365, if I'll just keep going or take a break. For now I can only celebrate where I am and be excited for what's waiting ahead!