As I perused my inbox this morning, I received a message from Dharma Yoga Syracuse: This is a notification that your 1-Month Unlimited New Student Special $40 expires on 11/22/2012. Continue or not to continue being a yogi? That’s a softball question with an easy answer.  

Ever since quitting smoking 25 years ago, I began my obsession with exercise. I went to the YMCA five days a week to press iron, swim, or play hoops. I also took up running. The first time I laced a pair of New Balance shoes, I stopped at about the 528 foot (10th of a mile) mark, wheezing and coughing with torso inverted, hands on knees, and head between my legs. I wonder why? In a year, a pack a day smoker like me, inhales a cup of tar into their lungs. My body was feeling the by-product of decades of self abuse.

I saw running as a competitive challenge. After several months of going a little further each time out, I was jogging (more like a Clydesdale vs. a deer) 4-5 miles every other day. Instead of nicotine, my new addiction was running.

Twenty five years later, I have a new addiction.

Yoga is my dessert of the day.

Yoga provides me with:

  • Balance
  • Poise
  • Calmness
  • Endurance
  • Conscious breathing
  • Isometric training
  • Meditation
  • Stretching
  • Confidence
  • Muscle tone

It’s been 27 days since I declared my 30 Day Challenge. I’ll sign up for another month of classes and continue the exploration of this new chapter. Other than giving up smoking, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for my health.

My yoga center got some air time last week.


Several of you have been sending me emails updating me on your challenge. Will you be continuing, pausing, stopping, or trying something else all together? Talk to me below.


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