Mission Complete – 365 days, worldwide bending

I sit in our little Buenos Aires flat, listening to both Bobs, Dylan then Marley, sipping champagne and thinking of something profound to write. It’s the day after completing my Endless Bikram Yoga Bender. One class a day, everyday – 365 days straight!

Nothing comes to mind… today was, just like any other day. I thought I’d get a little anxious as the sun dipped below the concrete jungle, the second hand ticking its way toward, then past, the last class of the day. No freakin way hahaha! Today I’m resting these weary bones and the few layers of skin left covering them.

In some ways I can’t believe it’s over. Part of me wonders what the hell I was thinking, and the masochist in me: why I shouldn’t just keep on going! In the past year my body has been pulled, pushed, compressed and stretched.. my mind following close behind and at this point in time, I’m not quite sure what is left, who has emerged, and what the future holds.

I’m sure in the coming days, I’ll have a little more to say and I’ll share my thoughts and feelings with you. Right now, I’ve just been gripped and choked with emotion, thinking about the support, friendship and love I’ve received along the way. It’s been a truly amazing journey, possibly the best year of my life.. and I wouldn’t trade a second of it for a million dollars.

Hmm, then again, a cool mil’ would enable me to do it all over again!

Stay tuned..

14 Responses to Mission Complete – 365 days, worldwide bending

  1. Allison Archibald January 3, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    CONGRATULATIONS MATT!!! 🙂 Good luck in Sweden, we will miss you in 2010 as we did in 2009. Best of luck with everything you still have ahead of you…

    Happy New Year!
    Ally Nick Lola Tilly and Bella

  2. Heidi Jermyn January 4, 2010 at 2:01 am #

    Wow Matt!! Congratulations! Just brilliant 😀 Looking forward to seeing you soon in the New Year!!
    Lots of Love!

  3. St Loup January 4, 2010 at 3:12 am #

    Once again, congratulatins Matt!! It’s was a great honnour to share that last class that took you to the end of this challenge, which, I’m sure, it won’t be the last one! Take care,

  4. roxanne January 7, 2010 at 5:48 am #

    congratulations matt. you are an inspiration. love your work xxxxx

  5. Aleksandra January 8, 2010 at 1:28 am #

    Love A.

  6. Ian January 11, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    Huge effort to be sure. Matt, well done! I’m looking forward to the documentary/book…
    What if you were sponsored to do another full year… with an accompanying doco crew… all expenses paid?
    Starting in a month?

    Much love out to you and Ron Ron!

  7. Johanna January 13, 2010 at 5:33 am #

    Hi Matt, you’re really the best! Congratulations :-).
    Cheers and take care. J.

  8. Catherine January 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    Matt, this is awesome!! I have just sat and read every entry in your blog.

    Rox was the first teacher I experienced Bikram with up in Maroochydore. And I remember and love the feeling of empowerment having done it for two months.

    Now back in Melbourne, my partner and I have completed the 60 day challenge… phwaor! and with my itchy travel feet, think it would be awesome to do a similar trip to the one you have just completed.

    Inspired I is. Page of gold stars for you!


    best wishes for the new year,


  9. Alana January 22, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    Wow, what a feat! Congratulations. You rock!

  10. Matt January 23, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    Thanks for all your comments, and the same again on my facebook account. Wonderful to have you along for the ride!! After a little recovery, I look forward to resurfacing again soon, getting my skinny ass back into the hot room.. and continue blogging!!

  11. John Johnson March 2, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

    I missed most of the first year’s effort so could you do it again? You said you’d do it again for a mil … I’ll shout you 10 mil of XXXX Gold 10 times over. I’ll be with Ian and the Doco crew. Anyway great stuff you legend, well done!

  12. Maria March 13, 2010 at 4:14 am #

    Congratulations on the completed challenge! I practice yoga but never tried bikram.. don’t have a studio where I live so got to be when travelling.

  13. Matt March 13, 2010 at 6:25 am #

    Haha thanks John, that would be a different kind of bender.. but highly entertaining I’m sure.

  14. Matt March 13, 2010 at 6:31 am #

    Hey thanks Maria, I’ve only really tried Bikram and a little of Yin Yoga. I’m really getting interested in Yin lately, mostly the anatomy side of things after reading/watching some of Paul Grilley’s work. Hope you get to try out Bikram one day soon and let me know what you think!