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.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Day 34 - Endurance - The Triple Threat



This morning I participated in what a group of yogis called the Triple Threat. I am not sure how it came about, but we decided we were going to do three yoga classes in a row. The first two were a hour and a half and the third was an hour. Basically, 4 hours of yoga. It was in a hot studio. I do not know if any studios or teachers would recommend doing this, but for me it was a pretty neat experience.

When I started up I thought about when I ran a marathon. This was all about endurance and letting your mind take over the physical body. I knew I was physically in shape to do the triple threat, but was interested to see if my mind would tell me differently. All three of the classes were pretty physical, there was not much on the gentle meditation side. I knew that coming into it. Yesterday was about breathing and more of a mental relaxation. Today was about physical endurance with a different mental challenge.

It as a great group to do this triple threat with. I think this was one of the main thing that pushed me into doing all three. If it was just me I do not think I would do it. The group laughed a lot and had fun experiences this together. We all seemed to be in similar mind sets throughout the whole triple threat experience.

In the first class I my weekly test of being gentle to my body was put to a test. The teacher was trying to get us to go the edge, but I knew we had 2 more classes. I did not push myself. I did not try new poses, and even backed off on some poses.

The second class started to bring more of a challenge to my mind. When we got into poses like warrior 1, my mind was saying didn't I just do this? About half way through some of us starting laughing which seemed to actually ease the mind set and make things easier.

By the third class my body was worn out. My mind was saying "What are you doing? Warrior 1 again?" I was giving out. I had to sit back in child pose. My poses were pretty weak, but I had to remind myself that this was my third class. I tried to be more gentle to myself. My mind started to think about all of this. Was it good the fact that I showed up? Was it better that I endured all three classes? Was it the journey that was the best part?

My feeling is that it is the journey that is the most important thing in life. It is every posture we get in, good or bad. It is how our mind feels when we are in that posture. It is the question of if our mind stays on that emotion throughout the next posture. It is our mindset with the people around us. Do we do something different for ourselves or for those people? If the teacher says to do something is it better to do it or not do it? Life is about the journey. It is not the past of what you did. Not the future of how you are going to end up. It is where you are now.

Thank you for the journey that we all went on today. I do not think I could have done it without all the other great people around me.

Where are you right now? What is your mind telling you? What are the people around you telling you? Where are you RIGHT now? Email me or leave a comment.