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.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Day 54 - Gratitude

I ventured into Altamonte Springs Yoga for a class with Marilyn Parker.  It was a good paced class with a lot of sweat and breathing going on.  I felt really good this morning.  At one of the points of the class she asked us to think of three things we were grateful.  I started to laugh, because at the moment I was grateful for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

I completed my first ever three day cleanse, diet, fast.  Whatever you want to call, it I finished it.  I was still wanting to quit last night.  Justifying things like, it's been three days so I can eat dinner tonight, or maybe we should make a big meal tonight at midnight.  I even thought about setting my alarm at 6:00 a.m. cooking breakfast and then going back to bed.

There were so many chances to give up.  I am happy I didn't though.  This morning I cooked a nice breakfast with eggs and sat out on the porch.  The sun was rising and I felt the warmth.  It was one of my favorite meals in my life.  It was just like I was saying yesterday, it was almost like taking my first breath.

Yoga gives you every opportunity to give up.  It is a great opportunity to push yourself in a healthy way.   First it is getting there.  If you get this far then this is a great accomplishment.  You have now devoted at least one hour to yourself.  Next it comes down to what you do on the mat.  What do you want to do for yourself that day.  Find peace?  Push yourself?  Become more flexible?  Take a nap?  It is really up to you.  It is the lessons you want to learn.  If you choose to push yourself to the limit, if you find comfort in postures that make you uncomfortable can you use this off the mat?  Was it the lessons I learned that gave me strength to do the cleanse (something I had never accomplished before?)  Will the strength I learned in the the cleanse allow me to grow in another way?

People look into yoga for a growth in a physical way.  I feel like yoga has aloud me to grow so much more in a mental way.  The growth on the mat has brought me more strength off the mat.  I have so much more to learn in life.  I am very excited to continue my mental growth.  To continue the lessons of life.  I feel great today! 

Today I am very grateful for the simple things in life.  Breath, food, the Sun,  my dog, sounds of nature, my banana tree, ME :)

Do you have a chance to take on something new?  Are you grateful for what you have done?  Are you grateful for the simple things in life?  Email me or leave a comment.