What is Yoga 308

Life is a constant struggle of balancing our body on both a physical and emotional side. Through yoga I have learned several life lessons. Yoga 308 is a goal I set for myself to do at least 60 minutes of yoga for 6 days a week for the next year. I invite anyone to join me on this adventure as I blog about some of my daily experiences. This is not intended to show that I have found peace and tranquility, but rather give my honest feelings of my journey. Enjoy.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Day 15 - Ashtanga

I am thankful for the lessons that brought me here.

Monday is one of my favorite classes with Steve Rubin at Full Circle Yoga. Ashtanga is my favorite type of yoga.

I started off with Ashtanga back in 2004 and it was the class where I have felt the most relaxed in. The reason I love Ashtanga is the rich history and tradition behind it. It follows the same postures (asanas) every time allowing me to concentrate on what I think is the most important part of yoga, the breath. In other classes I get distracted on what we are doing and I have to look up at the teacher. Then I loose my breathing pattern, but not with Ashtanga. I know what it coming and I can stay with my breath. This allows me to feel the most relaxed when I am finished with my class.

Do not get me wrong. My mind drifts away from the breath. Quite a bit actually. Tonight I was thinking of what I was going to eat after class. I would snap out of it and say to myself "oh yeah breath" It is a constant struggle for me to remained focus as my mind LOVES to get distracted. Ashtanga though helps me out tremendously.

I have a giant issue of taking on too much at once. I get very excited about so many different subjects and things that I quickly run out of time during the day as I try to do them all. My mind is a giant multitasker. Bringing it into yoga though for 90 minutes I have the ability to calm it quite a bit and only semi multitask. I often wonder if there are people who are in my class who have completely shut off their brain. Oh this was another thing I was thinking about during class tonight. Remember to Breath Danny. Maybe you are catching on to my drifting mind?

The one thing I notice when I get in tune with my breath is at the end during shavasana (corpse pose aka laying down) is I sometimes get these crazy visions. My friend Darren tells me this is my brains alpha waves. I of course think this is pretty bad ass and love it. About 2 weeks ago I had a vision of my bathroom of my house I had not been in since I was 3. Nothing really happened, but it was great to go back to that moment. I remembered it so vividly it was like a sudden moment of "oh my god I totally forgot about that."

Tonight I felt very blessed leaving the class. I have met a lot of good people lately and am happy for everything that is currently in my life. I left the class with an upbeat movement knowing I truly have everything I need to live in this moment.

Thank you Andrea for giving me the link to the explanation on the moon phases. I am not going to put that in my practice quite yet, but gave me a good thought of adding monthly challenges to my practice.