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 30, 2012

Day 25 - Yogi Habits

Today I went into Orlando Power Yoga for a session with Kelly Senn. It was a Dharma 2 Class. This was the second time I took a Dharma class and I liked the familiar flow and it wasn't as hot as it was the day before. I do love the community that I am finding in yoga. It is something that has always been there, but I do not know if I was open to meeting new people for awhile, but now that I have, I have met a lot of great people.

Today I was paying attention to some of the habits I have formed throughout my practice. When ever I walk into class I tend to set up my mat and then put my yogi toes mat folded in a certain way so I can quickly pull it over my other mat half way through the class. I also for some reason need my mat to be straight. I also always use the bathroom right before class.

More and more habits have been forming while I practice. Another one I notice is when I am in shoulder stand I tend to latch my big toes together. I have no idea where this started or why, but I do seem to do it every time. I also love to stretch my neck in a certain pose. It has nothing to do with the pose, but for me it feels so good.

There are quite a few more little habits that I do throughout class, but they are hard to explain. The challenge I started to think of today was to break these habits. I am starting to wonder how much habits hinder our ability to grow. Good or bad.

I know some people that have "bad" habits that they are trying to break. Smoking, eating, biting your nails. What about the "good" habits? Exercising, eating healthy, working. These are all great habits that have benefits, but I started to think. These habits could also potentially stop you from unleashing something even greater. They are comfort zones that make you feel safe, but they also can keep you from looking outside the box.

What if, god forbid, I did an entire class with a crooked mat? Or I did not use the bathroom before class? I know people who always sit in the back of the class. What if you sit up in the front of the class? Everyone has habits. Maybe it is time we switch it up a bit. Maybe its time we break the mold and feel the effect of something fresh and new. Do savasana the entire class. Sit backwards the entire class.

Just a thought. What are your habits in yoga? What are your habits outside of yoga. Can you make a change? Email me or write in a comment.


  1. My mat is always off center, the feet and hands may not always be in the perfect spots, but it's my practice and not everything will be perfect but practice(sorry allen iverson) is what brings the best of any activity as long as you're putting your heart into it...

    Breaking the habit of getting in the way of my own progress is probably the biggest hurdle I have to overcome, those little voices telling you to do this or that when you should be focused on another task.

    I feel a break-through coming though and I owe it to the yoga, recent/old friends, instructors and myself for starting the awareness that realizes how close it all is...

  2. I can NOT have my mat crooked!!