Why am I talking about yoga on my business blog??
Let’s get real here: at the end of the day, what’s most important in life isn’t how much money you made or how successful your business was. It’s how well you lived your life. And part of living well is living well. As in, living healthy. This isn’t the first time I’ve bugged you about your health.
See these posts, both by me:
These days, we hear a lot about the mind-body connection, which I’ve recently come to realize is, well, kind of stupid.
Okay, okay, don’t freak out. I’ll explain. Why is the “mind-body connection” a stupid concept? Because your mind is already a part of your body!! Why do we talk so much about mind and body as if they’re different, separate things? They’re not! It’s all the same thing!
Once I realize that the mind and body are one and the same, I also realized that whatever I do to my body, I also to do my brain, meaning if I put junk in my body—fake foods, fast foods, and frankenfoods, for example—then I’m putting junk into my brain as well.
Because your brain and how well it works is the heart of your business, a badly fueled brain means a badly fueled business. And a badly fueled business is an unsuccessful business.
In short, your health is massively important to the success of your business and to the success of your life. This issue goes far beyond having more energy or avoiding the dangers of sedentary work.
Why I’m A Tough Sell When It Comes to Exercise
I’ve tried a lot of workouts in my time. I was a fan of Tae-Bo in the 90s. I’ve lifted weights with a personal trainer. I’ve done a 3-day, 27-mile walk for breast cancer. I have a treadmill desk. I’ve attempted P90X (and ended up laying on the floor, laughing hysterically—are they serious?) I have workouts from Jillian Michaels, I’ve done spinning, Zumba, Pilates, and aerobics (including a water aerobics class that turned out to be big with the senior citizen crowd), and lots more. Thing is, I never liked any of these activities.
I prefer purposeful exercise. I actually enjoy shoveling snow, raking leaves, cutting the grass, working in the garden, housekeeping, because I get my body moving and I’m getting stuff done. Plus, I don’t have to schedule extra time for my workouts. I love walking through a new city like London or Paris or Montevideo, but walking on a treadmill (unless it’s my treadmill desk) isn’t very appealing to me.
And if I’m being completely transparent here, I’m not a huge fan of a lot of running or jumping. Not really. So I’m a tough sell when it comes to exercise in general, and specifically, exercise programs. That said, I’ve been doing traditional yoga for years, and it’s made a world of difference to me, both physically and mentally.
What’s Awesome About the DDP Yoga Program
I approach just about everything with a healthy dose of skepticism, so before I tried DDP Yoga, I conducted thorough research. I couldn’t find a single bad review. I found a lot of people who wanted to dislike DDP Yoga, but pretty much everyone who tried it and wrote about it or recorded a video said, “I didn’t think I’d like it, but it turns out that DDP Yoga is awesome!”
In my research, I happened upon TeamDDPYoga.com, where a thriving community connects via discussion board and live chat. I found a wealth of information there, and I also discovered a free workout from the program that I could try out. I did that workout three times a week for about five weeks, even took my yoga mat with me to South America so I could continue my experiment there. I figured if I was still into it when I came back to the States, I’d go ahead and order the full set at DDPYoga.com.
(Fortunately for me, once I scheduled the ‘Business in Blue Jeans Podcast’ interview with DDP (see episode 14), his team sent me a review copy of the full program so I could review it (thanks, DDP!))
Well, I’m hooked. These days, I’m up at 5:30 to do my DDP Yoga workout (and sometimes Leo even joins me!) I’m feeling better and stronger. Other than that, I can’t report other results quite yet, but will happily share an update in a few weeks. I can say that I credit DDP Yoga with keeping me from gaining a ton of weight when we were in South America and eating so much good food.
Speaking of food, like many programs of its ilk, the DDP Yoga program comes with a food program. But this isn’t just any food program. It’s a smart and well-informed program that references some of the nutritional work that I myself have read and respect enormously, like the writings of Mark Hyman, Mark Sisson, the gluten-free literature, and maybe even a little Ray Kurzweil. And the recipes are good.
For example, it’s hard to get my hubster to eat broccoli. He’d much rather have rice or potatoes with his dinner. But I made the broccoli soup from the DDP Yoga book the other night and he loved it. More importantly, he asked if we could have it again. More often than not, with workout programs, the recipes are pretty generic and bland, but I think DDP knows that people need to eat. And the more bland the food, the less likely you’ll be to stay on the program. In fact, the only down side to the recipes offered up in the DDP Yoga program is that there aren’t more of them in the book, but the members of Team DDP Yoga are taking care of that in the forum, by posting their own recipes.
“This Ain’t Your Mama’s Yoga”
“This ain’t your mama’ yoga” is the DDP Yoga tagline. And boy, oh, boy, is it ever true. This workout has yoga moves, sure, which are working really well for my back and neck and increasing flexibility. It also has isometrics, which increase strength while also working your cardiovascular system, and moves from sports therapy to cure “what ails you.” It’s fun, I don’t have to run or jump around, and man, I can really feel it the next day. Right now, for example, my abs are seriously feeling yesterday’s workout. Ouch, DDP. Ouch. But it’s a good ouch.
Stay Tuned: Official Results Forthcoming
As I said, I can’t report fancy, official results yet, since I’m coming off this trip to South America, in which we ate the most insane dishes (see my Instagram feed for the photos). However, I will be posting an update post in a few weeks, telling you how things have gone. What I can tell you for sure is that I’m stronger, which I really dig. Stay tuned!