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.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Day 18 - Accepting


Accept today.

Today I ventured back into Orlando Power Yoga (OPY) with Cortney Singleton. I went back to face the heat once more. Today's class was a Dharma class. This was another new experience. I never took a Dharma class. It has a flow and pattern like Ashtanga, but I did not know the pattern of the poses.

I was able to get a bit more in tune with my breath today and was a bit more settled and focused in my mind. It was not as hot as it was the day before. I still sweat my ass off though. It was still on my mind, but after day two it seems to slowly be deteriorating.

The one thing I have noticed is that my right knee feels a little tweaked. I think I have been pushing myself a bit too much. This is the way I am going to get hurt. I have to keep the big picture in mind. I am wanting to do this for one year and I feel like I am sprinting out of the gates. Today I focused more on acceptance and being gentle to myself.

The last few weeks I have discovered many new postures that I can get in that I hadn't been able to get in before. I would not be able to get in these postures without determination and pushing myself. However, I also need to lean back to patience and to be more gentle to my body. Yoga is a perfect way to learn this balance. In life you can push yourself to the limit. You can live a life of go, go, go, but eventually life will catch up to you. On the other side you can live a life never taking chances, never trying out new things, but is this really living? I think the trick is to find the balance between this.

I am pushing myself too hard in yoga and need to get back on the gentle side of my life. New yoga, new 6 days a week, and new blogging. I may be pushing myself a bit more because I feel more responsible writing out this blog Does anyone really want to read about how I laid in Shavanasa (corpse pose) for 90 minutes? Hmmmm actually that sounds like a challenge.

I have also been thinking more of taking on more and more teachers and classes to take learning to a higher level. New cities? New retreats? New types of yoga? I have gotten really excited about yoga the more and more I get out of my comfort zone.

So how is your balance? Is there one side of life that you are leaning? Do you need to try new things? Do you need to be more gentle to your self? Please Comment or email me with your balance tricks.