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.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Day 52 - Inner Peace

Thank you for all the love and support you have been sending me.  It makes me smile :)

Someone asked in an open house the other day "What is this yoga good for?"  That has been on my mind throughout all of the yoga 308 experience.  For me it is a constantly changing answer.   I am on day 2 of my juice cleanse. This really does not have anything to do with yoga, but what I am finding is yoga has everything to do with the cleanse.  In yoga we cannot force our body to get into a back bend if it is not ready for it.  Rather we stretch in several different postures and as we do muscles seem to fall into the right place.  Things start to open up to us and eventually we might get into the back bend.  Sometimes there are postures that we are so far away from, and the truth is we may never get there.  We may never get what we have worked so hard for to accomplish.

I can apply lessons learned through yoga into life like this cleanse.  If I want instant gratification or I feel like I can eat whatever I want to, I can easily do this.  I am depriving myself of something that I want and not something I need.  The patience I am learning in yoga is allowing me to learn patience in this cleanse.  Maybe the lessons I learn in the cleanse will allow me to learn another lesson in life.  Maybe I will get nothing out of this.  I am keeping open to new experiences and trying new things.  This to me is the best way to continue to grow as an individual.

The above quote has been on my wall for the last year.  It is a reminder for me to keep my life in balance.  To learn from the bad times and enjoy the good.  There was a time that I would sacrifice things that were important to my inner peace in order to please others.  My happiness was more based on making sure others were happy.  There is not a problem making other people happy, but you have to make sure it is not at the expense of your inner peace.  Keep yourself in balance.  Find the love you deserve.  This is not to say your life will not sometimes fall into complete chaos, or you will occasionally have to give up a couple things. 

If the only way you are making yourself happy is by guiding others to their dreams and completing their goals then you probably are not focusing on your own dreams and goals.  If you are doing this, ask yourself why your dreams are less important then others?  Keep yourself balanced.  Do not be selfish, but at the same time do not keep yourself from your dreams.  Find the balance.  If you are on the selfish side practice being unselfish.  If you are lost in others dreams start shifting that time into yourself.

Do you think it is easier to be selfish or unselfish?  Email me or leave a comment.

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