My name is Jaime R, I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and I am the proud mom of 2 beautiful little boys, Dylan who is 9 and Mason who is 2. On January 11, 2012, at the age of 31, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It was my darkest day…I don’t even think at the time I could hear my neurologist talking after that. I remember being terrified of what my future would hold. My body had betrayed me. I remember thinking to myself this is it. I’m so young, I’m a mom…how could this happen? WHY did this happen? I heard my neurologist telling me I would be taking medicine now for the rest of my life. I take injections three times a week. It was hard at first, but it has become my new “normal” so to speak. It was at that time that I decided I wasn’t going to take this lying down. I began to do my research…I found that adopting a lifestyle of clean eating mainly fruits and vegetables and exercise was only to be beneficial. That’s when I found yoga. I would go to yoga classes and immediately fell in love with it, and I searched for the perfect yoga DVD’s when I didn’t have time to go to classes, but I wasn’t getting the challenge I wanted from it.
Then, I became pregnant with Mason. A woman’s chance of a relapse when she has MS goes up by about 60% after birth. Needless to say, It was concerning me, but I wasn’t allowing it to consume me. A week before Mason was due, my dad had a massive heart attack and flipped his car and he died suddenly at the age of 64. I went into labor when I left the funeral home, missing his funeral the next day. And a few months after, that’s when a relapse hit me like a ton of bricks, from the stress of giving birth and losing my dad, and moving into a new house all in the same month, I awoke one morning numb from the waste down and zero feeling in my hands that burned and an ache when I would bend my fingers. The relapse did permanent damage to my finger tips where I never did get the feeling all the way back. I was still searching for the perfect Yoga DVD. Queue: the fabulous Travis Elliot. I came across a preview of the 108 day Ultimate Yogi challenge. I instantly bought it and began doing it faithfully every single morning before work. His method of teaching, his way of talking to you and his way of challenging you was just nothing short of AMAZING! The search was over. Within 2 weeks, my body became toned, and my mind became clearer than ever before. The numbness began to subside more and more in my fingers to the point where it no longer burned, no longer feels like sandpaper hands that ached….just a subtle feeling of numbness left. My fatigue and fog lifted. It was actually healing. It was like magic over the course of time. I was, still am and always will sing Travis’ praises. He’s an AMAZING teacher. His practice so unique, challenging and leaves you with a sense of peace.
My sister Jackie bought me Yoga 30 for 30 at Christmas time. She too was amazed at the way my body just transformed and healed and the way I found my happy again after everything. We both work full time so we needed a quick EFFECTIVE workout we could do together before work. All I talked about, that worked for me was Travis Elliot. I told her to be prepared to be amazed. And she is loving every second of it, as I KNEW she would. My neurologist tells me to keep doing what I’m doing. In the words of Travis, it is so important to take the time for yourself so you are able to give back to everyone around you. You just carve that piece of time out of your day to do it and take the time on your mat for yourself. Be the change. Because of the Ultimate Yogi and Yoga 30 for 30, I am the best mom I can be for these beautiful little boys of mine. I found peace with my diagnosis and I am happy. It has restored my hope for my future. MS..it comes with its highs and lows, good days and bad..it’s a daily fight with your body and your mind..I NEVER stop moving through it..good days or bad…strengthening my body and mind. I HIGHLY recommend Yoga 30 for 30 with Travis Elliot and Lauren. When I found yoga with Travis Elliot, it was a GAME CHANGER. I hope to even become a yoga instructor someday. Life is hectic, crazy and demanding and sure does throw some curve balls you didn’t see coming. With Yoga 30 for 30, you can find balance and peace and transformation within your body and mind. And beating MS is having a healthy body and mind and learning to respect your body and the amazing things it can do. So, Thank you Travis and Lauren! You have changed me for the better and I’ve never felt better! Everyday I continue to challenge myself whether it be with the Ultimate Yogi or Yoga 30 for 30! See you on the mat!