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 15, 2012

Day 41 - What is yoga

I have been thinking a lot this whole time and discussing with several people on the topic of what is yoga.  If you have read my blog you can already see that it can be difficult to define exactly what yoga is.  The deeper I go the more I find out how it seems that yoga is unique to the individual that is going through this.  There is no right or wrong yoga.  There is no true yoga. I watched a great documentary, "Enlighten Up" a little while ago.  If you have not seen it, you should.  It is a bit on this subject.

We all have some reason on why we started yoga here in the west.  I do not know a lot of people that have been brought up doing yoga.  For many of us it is almost a sanctuary that saved us from some type of hardship in life.  For me I came to yoga both when I stopped drinking and second when I went through my divorce.  It seems yoga can help us with the bad times in life, but I am experiencing the good times in life.  It is also opening up a whole new level for me when I come to the mat.

I have been noticing my teachers in the last couple weeks.  They each have their own individual personality and their personality will show through the way that they teach yoga.   I feel that yoga saved their lives in some way and I can sense they want to share it with the rest of the world.  They want us to feel the happiness that they have discovered through yoga.

The west is known to take traditions and put a spin on it and make it their own.  This concept use to bug me, but now I am embracing it as part of our culture. Something I am now learning from.  My teachers take their knowledge they have learned and put their personal touch to it.  I am in their class to gain their knowledge that they are spilling my way.  I also feel they can gain knowledge from us the students and feel this is what makes a teacher a good teacher.  If they come in acting like they know what "yoga" is, I am turned off by this.  If they come in with an open heart and mind wanting to learn from their students, this to me is considered a great teacher.

Yoga means so much to each individual.  One could be in yoga to try to get out of their head from a traumatic event.  One could be there to get in shape.  One could be there to find balance between their body and mind.  I can go on and on.  The thing is we are all there in that room together.  We are all bringing "our yoga" to the studio, and we are all learning from one another.

When we closed the class with the sound of ohm this week, I noticed that we were all present.  I worked so hard to try to balance myself throughout the class.  When we chant ohm it reminds me that there are other people in the room and in the world.  Here is my opportunity to balance with each other and for maybe a brief moment be one with each other.

What is yoga to you?  Please email me or leave a comment.