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, September 7, 2012

Day 33 - Sit still


I really needed to sit still today. I didn't realize it until I actually sat still. Today I went to a Yin class with Michelle Coutinho at Orlando Power Yoga. It was exactly where I needed to be. Yin classes are very gentle classes where you hold postures for a long period of time. We started off with about a 10 minute of a sitting meditation. I haven't sat for a long meditation for a while, and while I did I started feel a bit of discomfort in my upper shoulders. I realized my body was aching.

I have spent the week going, going, and going some more. On the mat I felt like I was very gentle this week. Off the mat I had a lot of fun. I went to Tampa and celebrated my birthday. Thanks to everyone who celebrated, and special a special Thank you to Marianne!!! I had a great time, but it was hard to fit all that fun in with work and yoga. When I sat down and mediated it was as if my body said "THANK YOU!!!"

My body was sore. My hamstrings were so tight today. My body was yelling at me. I am preparing for a pretty big challenge tomorrow and it was a great day to be gentle.

There are so many types of yoga out there. I have experimented over the last month and have my favorites, but I have also found that sometimes my favorite yoga is not exactly what I need. Some times I need to concentrate more on my breath. Other days I want to push my body to the limit. There are so many more types of yoga to look into. I want to keep my mind open to new ideas that someday a new type of yoga might be exactly what my mind or body is asking for.

There are two questions that are on the front of my mind. Is it better to do one yoga like Ashtanga (my favorite) that does the same series over and over again? Or is it better to switch it up and be able to concentrate more on the breath some days and more on the physical side others? Life and yoga is about finding a good balance, but is it through discipline and tradition or an open mind and adventure?

Let me know what you think. Comment or email me.