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.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Day 17 - Hot

Sometimes do what you hate.

So I hate hot yoga. No question. I tired Bikram yoga for about 1 week a long time ago. I did not like it. My thought the entire time was "God it's hot in here". I couldn't get over it. For the last five years when ever the subject came up I would voice my opinion. "Yeah I don't like it"

Part of the process in yoga 308 is I want to expand my mind. I do not want to close it and once again try new things and revisit old things. Keep my mind open, and learn from others and myself. I want to put myself in places of discomfort and see what happens. I do not want to fear the unknown.

My A/C blew last night and I took it as a sign from the universe to do some hot yoga. So that is why I ventured into a hot yoga class tonight with Cortney Singleton at Orlando Power Yoga. They have a special giving you 40 days for $40. I thought it is a great opportunity to take advantage of something I am not a fan of.

I went in there with the thought that I was going to try to focus on my breath. Try to connect my mind, my soul, and my body. My typical train of thought going into yoga. I went ahead and started breathing and thought to myself "ok concentrate and breath." About 5 minutes into it I started getting a bit confused with the postures and the breath was skipping. Then I started to think about how sweaty I was. Man it was hot. So maybe I made it 8 minutes into before realizing it is not my usual practice. This yoga is not something that I am used to. I needed to take a different approach.

I asked why am I so frustrated for something that I am just starting.
I started to use the same philosophy I used last night. I was just going to not worry about connecting everything. I was not going to worry about getting to that place of peace. I was going to have fun. Stop worrying and getting frustrated. Again a great opportunity for me to unwind and smile. I remember even laughing at one point.

I started to realize that when I was making my mind have fun it was not as hot in there as what it used to be. Don't get me wrong by the time I laid down I was drenched and my mind was still saying "God it's hot in here."

I think I am on to something for me though. I am planning on going back to the hot class again tomorrow with a less serious approach. An outlook of just wanting to have fun and enjoy a class. The breath and the postures will come. I have faith.

So what is it that you are trying so hard to push. Is there a chance you can let it go for a bit and just enjoy the day instead? Comment or email me.

I am happy