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.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Day 42 - Weekly Recap

I survived a week of no coffee!!!  I celebrated with a Mocha yesterday, but decided that I wanted to do another challenge this week with my diet.  I am going to go with no coffee again this week and then also cut out my Powerade and dinner desert.  This is what I decided would be my challenge of the week.  The Mocha tasted so good after waiting it for a week.  I am looking forward to rewarding myself again next week.

Giving up coffee got me thinking.  When I talk to people about doing yoga 6 days a week for 1 year I get a lot of responses.  They tell me, "Your job allows you time to do this."  "You are lucky you have no kids."  There are a lot of statements that have been said to me, but these statements are not about me.  They are justifications for that person to make them feel better.  At the studio I meet people with three jobs.  I know women with kids.  So why are we different?  The big difference in people trying to make a change is they do it.  I do not think there is much more to it.  Why do we not at least attempt to make these healthy changes? 

I am asking the readers of this to take a chance and make one simple change this week.  Make a change for yourself.  You know in your heart what is healthy and what is not.  Drop the justifications for one week.  It does not have to be to join yoga.  Go for a walk, cut out chips, meditate for 10 minutes.  Take the first step and try.  YOU deserve it.

This week I tried a new studio and class with Missy White.  It seems that the more I stay out of a weekly routine the more my mind opens up to more ideas.  I pushed myself a bit more this week and felt good about the postures I am in and the challenges ahead.  I also am concentrating on my tight ham strings.  I am backing off in postures and letting go of my ego in hopes that I can loosen them up sometime in my lifetime. 

I also decided two weeks ago that the camel posture may not be good for my knees.  I was able to stay out of that posture for a total of two weeks and sit and breath while everyone else did this posture.  This is all part of finding my gentle side, so I am happy I was able to accomplish this.  It is so easy to compare our lives to others and strive to be something that we currently our not.  I want to be able to bend over backwards in this posture, but doing so would have injured my knee. I am slowly learning a nice balance between pushing myself and being gentle to my body, mind, and soul.  I will be trying camel again this week to see how my knee feels.

Today is your day to start.  Try something simple, try something hard.  Just do it today.  Email me or leave a comment.