revolution week five

We're nearing the end of our 40-day adventure and this week's summary comes to you from Amanda, our Area Community Manager in New York who (in her words) "totally bombed" the challenge - and realized that was perfect.

meet amanda

name and role: Amanda Casgar, Area Community Manager
current hometown: New York City
random fact: I have an incredibly powerful sense of smell. If I had a superpower, it would be a bionic nose. Or to sniff out crime.
what did you learn this week? Wherever I am right now is perfect.
a word that describes your 40-day experience so far: Recommit.

what i learned this week..

I'm writing this on day 36 of a 40 day challenge and I want you to know that I had every intention of being the most committed yogi, grounded meditator and healthy eater for these last six weeks and totally bombed. And what I learned, is that my experience was perfect.

I may not have practiced every single day or meditated twice a day or said no to third glass of wine on Saturday night, and I was still doing the yoga. Yoga that showed up in conversations with my family, who I was being on the subway, how I connected in class, how I practiced at home.

Amanda and her mom!

It hit home that I’ve actually been in the yoga for years when I spoke to my mom the other day. I've had goals to rock a daily meditation practice for over a year and committed to this 40 day challenge knowing it would be the clincher. Following a morning when I did not meditate (I say this without judgement), my mom shared that she had started meditating. This revelation was like her head bursting into flames I was so surprised. I have asked my mom to join me for yoga and shared my love for meditation for years and thought it never landed.

“Oh yes! I’ve been meditating twice a day. I saw Deepak (Chopra) and Goldie (Hawn) on Katie (Couric) and they explained how to do it and how great it was so I've been doing it. You know how I love Goldie – she looks amazing! I sit with my feet on the ground and listen to my breath... I can feel my heart beat and everything. I feel really great.”

I was blown away. I had been making the daily practice hard and here my mom summed it up so easily. Feet on the ground, listen to my breath. Feel great.

So, Day 37, I’m coming for you, because every day I recommit and right now, that's perfect.

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And ‘that’ is truly what yoga is all about. Thanks so much for sharing your story!

Comment by Nancy — February 12, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

amazing! meditation twice a day– that’s an accomplishment in itself! congrats… almost there!

Comment by arlet — February 13, 2013 @ 7:34 am

I have been taking yoga for years but usually once a week and really enjoy it. Great pic of you and your mom. She is a great gal and have heard all about you. She is so proud. Now we have to get your mom doing some form of yoga. Nancy

Comment by Nancy Goble — February 13, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

Learning from an experience usually means everything wasn’t perfect!!

Comment by Amanda Bowen — February 15, 2013 @ 4:31 am

How’d y’all fare in the end? Loved getting to follow along with folks and share in some of the lows and highs (always ending on the highs, right?).

Here’s my wrap-up: From Blob to Blog | Brass Tacks: @Digital40Days (

Comment by Erin — February 16, 2013 @ 9:54 am

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