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.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Day 19 - Gentle

Let your mind go.

Today I still wanted to keep things on the gentle side. I tuned into my body to see how it was feeling today. There were quite a lot of options, but my knee is still on the tweaked side so I decided it would be a good idea to take a Yin class with Kristen Schneider at Full Circle. It is a very gentle class and since my mind has felt on the go go go side a perfect opportunity to ground myself.

The great thing about a yin class is you hold your poses for several minutes. This allows me to tune out the world and focus on my breath. It is a great way to start the weekend. I went into the class with the intention of being kind to myself and looking deeper into my meditation.

Kristen has a very soft voice and plays some very easy going music. When I close my eyes and sit in a posture at an easy gentle stretch I can look inside my mind. As I had said once before my mind is explosive with ideas. It takes awhile to settle it down. I have also learned some tricks to help calm my mind. Today my mind was all over the place. I started with the breath.

In my breath my mind said "inhale, exhale. inhale exhale. Inhale, I wonder what I should paint tomorrow, exhale, I wish I painted today, inhale, maybe I should paint a bird. Oh wait I am not concentrating on my breath. OK, inhale exhale, inhale, what should I eat tonight. Argh"

So my mind seemed to be the winner over my breath. So what I have learned in the past is do not fight my mind. Let it talk to me. My mind ended up going to some great places today. I was still breathing, but my thoughts went to my RV trip back in 2003. I had some excellent moments on that trip. The best thing was they were MY moments. They were something only I experienced. I was back on top a mountain outside Arches National Park in Utah. I was on top of a mountain looking out a giant vastness of canyons, hills, and canyons. I felt alone in the world, but was surrounded by so many beautiful things. I remember thinking at that moment that this moment is indescribable. Obviously, I was right as I cannot do it justice as I try to describe it now.

Anyways, my mind traveled to several places and moments I had on this trip. It gave me a sense of joy that I had that experience, and that I have that to go to when I need it.

My mind also went to quick visions as about 100 friends flashed through my mind. For some reason I can remember these people all with smiles. It is a great feeling to have smiling friends in my life. The memories of these friends, some still around, and some gone fills me with an overwhelming feeling of comfort.

This is how my mind works if I just let it go. It goes to places like this. I feel like sometimes I concentrate to hard on making my mind relax, and sometimes the trick is just to stop trying. Let my mind go. I left the class with a sense of love, joy, and comfort.

What is your mind trying to tell you today? Email me or comment me what your mind does.