UBY: How big of a roll was yoga in your training?
DS: For me yoga, in addition to a major change in my dietary intake, was the center of what I did to prepare. Without yoga I don't think I could have finished the trail. It was that difficult. Urban Body's February Fit program came at the perfect time. Since our trip was the first week of March I was able to accelerate my training leading up to our scheduled departure. I went from 3 days of yoga a week to about 5 days per week.
UBY: From the beginning of your yoga journey to now, after your huge accomplishment, how do you feel?
DS: I've never had a prouder personal (physical) accomplishment. I started yoga about a year and a half ago. Originally, I wasn't interested in it from a fitness perspective. I did it to spend more time with my family - something for all of us to do together. Having used yoga to prepare for this epic journey, I'm in the best shape I've been in over the last 25 years. I'm excited to maintain my progress and see where else yoga takes me.
UBY: From your growth through yoga and this hike, what is possible for you now, both on and off of your mat?
DS: Almost anything. Look, I won't be climbing Everest. It's not in my wheelhouse. Not on my bucket list but, I feel like I can accomplish most things. On the mat and off. I really appreciate the positive attitude from the people at Urban Body. From Jennifer and John to Carly and Jonathon and Cordelia. They've pushed me to do things I've never done before. A year ago I couldn't do a wheel. I wouldn't have attempted it. Now I can. A year ago I couldn't Crow. A Headstand in a crowded room? No way. But now I try those things. I do those things. I'm sure I can do more.
UBY: Anything else you wish to share with people who may be training for amazing adventure or even just starting the adventure of yoga?
DS: I've learned a lot over the last year and a half. And I've been inspired by so many people in my life. Mostly, though, by my son - who's not afraid to try anything. Or go anywhere. And take me along for the ride. And my daughter, Mackie, who motivated her couch surfing mom and dad to try yoga in the first place. And by the people in the room with me at Urban Body — instructors and classmates. You don't have to be going on the journey of lifetime to benefit from practicing yoga. There's a new journey every day in class.