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 22, 2012

Day 48 - Balance on and off the mat

I have a lot on my mind today.  First off sorry if you received last nights blog through email.  I have made a mental note not to blog that late while I am half asleep.  I published the blog without editing it and when I read it.. wow what a mess.  I did some edits this morning.  Onto the next day though right?

This morning I went to yoga with my dad at Southwest Orlando Yoga with Gerry Lishin.  My dad is 69 and has never been to a yoga class in his life.  I have been showing him a few poses and he has been practicing for about 30 minutes a day doing it 6 days a week taking Sunday off (following my same schedule).  I am extremely proud of my dad for doing this.  He has been very tight in his upper back and may be dealing with arthritis.  He is looking to loosen some things up with yoga and see what other benefits may come.   After about 3 weeks of doing these postures he is telling me he already is feeling more mobility in his shoulders. 

The class was a perfect introduction.  We happened to walk into the studio during an open house, so it was not really a structured class.  Gerry was able to give my dad a one on one brief introduction to yoga and give him proper adjustments.  I think it will be a great place for my dad to learn some more about yoga.  So for everyone saying they are too old, out of shape, or not flexible enough to do yoga please contact my dad.  Did I mention I am so proud of him.  I look forward to hearing his stories and the next class I can go with him.  I was trying to get him to blog about it because I think he would have so many stories to tell.  Anyone else interested in this?  Also any teachers interested in a one on one with my dad let me know.

I also was able to go to the basics.  This helped me out in many ways.  I feel like I have grown quite a bit in my practice, but it helped to step back and concentrate on things like the breath, on planting your feet, where my knee is, etc.  It was not about handstands or where I am going, but rather realignment and thoughts of what am I doing wrong.  If I was to have a one on one practice I may be able to correct so many more things.  This was a great lesson to get me back to the gentle side and try to keep me in balance.  A great reminder that yoga is about a lifetime not immediate results.

Speaking of balance.   This week I gave up coffee, Powerade, and dessert.  I have to admit I do not feel any different from before, but I still feel like overall a lack of these things is overall better for me.  I survived this week, so now I am in celebrate mode.  I am on my second cup of coffee.  I have an addictive personality so I already have my mind justifing how I deserve coffee back in my life.  "I gave it up for a whole week."  "I only had one cup last Saturday, so this Saturday I can do 2 cups."  If I keep falling into this momentum I will be back to where I started.  These weekly rules have been helping me keep me on track though so I am going to make another one now.

This week I am going to keep a balance on the things I recently gave up.  If I used to have coffee 7 days a week.  I am going to allow coffee 3 days this week,  I will only have 3 Powerade's this week, and I will only have desert 3 days this week.  On top of that I am going to do a juice fast on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  My new healthy challenge of the week.


Are you still justifying not doing something?  Maybe you have been putting something off?  It does not have to be about your diet.  Have you justified reasons not to find your dream job?  Are you not finding time for your kids?  Not finding time for yourself?  Are you justifying not exercising?  Our minds are tricky ones.  What is your own mind stopping you from doing today?  Email me or leave a comment.