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.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Day 23 - Open mind

Today I ventured into another Ashtanga class with Steve Rubin. Again Ashtanga is my love for yoga, so I knew I was going to be able to breath, move and focus. I felt extremely good today because I got an adjustment from the best chiropractor in Orlando Darren Hollander. My hamstrings were a bit tight from last nights practice, but my back felt amazing.

I read something on Google plus yesterday (I do use Google plus). The post read the following about a Bikram Yoga studio....

"Worst yoga place ever. This workout uses yoga poses, but it has nothing to do with the principles of yoga. The instructors stand on a stage and bark a memorized script at students, reprimanding them if they modify poses (something strongly encouraged in a real yoga class). If you haven't done yoga before, don't be fooled -- this is NOT what yoga is about. If you have done yoga before you won't go back to this place."

It got me thinking. I do hold a lot of hatred from my past. I am being honest. I would love to say that I love everything in this world, but my past has scared me a bit. I am working on this. I almost feel like this hatred is so concentrated that I do not have any more room to hate much of anything in this world. So while I work through some of these issues I am happy to say that I am much more open to the world and forgiving to so many other things.

I also am not a fan of Bikram yoga, but why? So many other people love Bikram yoga and benefit from it. Why is there yoga hate in this world? Especially amongst fellow yogis. I got to think about how I went back into the hot yoga studio last week. I felt like I have gotten a good benefit out of it. I sweat my ass off and it is a fun group of people. I hate that it is so hot and feel like mentally I get more out of Ashtanga, but I am willing to keep going to the hot yoga to see what I get from it. I would like to concentrate on what I gain from the yoga and not dwell on what I see as bad points.

This post made me realize that there is soooo many types of yoga in this world. The biggest lesson I have learned in the last month is keep an open mind and the path will start to open up to you. I am beginning to think that maybe this is what yoga is all about. I think I have closed my mind about Bikram and other types of yoga. What can I get out of these practices? What are the benefits I can find? I am planning on revisiting Bikram now to see what I can find.

Are you filled with hate that it is preventing you from experiencing the rest of the world. Maybe you are set in your ways and closed off? Comment or email me.

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