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.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Day 65 - Dirt

Yes, this is a picture of dirt.  I planted seeds yesterday for vegetables and herbs.  I was thinking yesterday while I planted these on how I can be so patient when I plant these seeds.  I nurture them, water them, and take care of them.  In return they give me great tasting veges and strong smelling herbs.  There has been times that I plant these seeds and nothing grows.  There has been times when I spent the whole season taking care of these plants and they are all killed by a frost.

I look at my niece who sees a lemon just starting to grow on a lemon tree.  She looks at it and you can tell she is holding back from picking yet another one.  She has yet to develop this patience to let things grow from a seed into something that fruits.  We learn this.  Some people never pick up these traits to keep up with nurturing a seed into a plant. 

Last week I felt like this pile of dirt.  I felt a lot of symbolism planting these seeds yesterday.  I was at a new cross roads of my life making another transition, but I feel like the choices I have made are helping me grow.  This week I feel like the seed.  I feel like I am surrounded by warm dirt, I have water all around me, and I am ready to soak it up.  I am ready to grow in this new space into something bigger, something better, something that produces something useful for others.

Today I went to Orlando Power Yoga for a class with Beth Stone.  I went into the class holding tight to this idea that I was a seed.  I was ready to grow.  Beth's class was tough and hot.  I was still in a great mood and ready to conquer the world.  Ready to GROW.  So I pushed myself like I did last night.  I ran out of steam about 45 minutes into it, and felt completely drained.  I felt like a seed which was trying to spout way too soon.  I was pushing myself too hard.  Have you ever seen a seed grow into a giant fruiting plant over night?  For the first time ever I laid in corpse pose early.  I had definitely pushed myself to the limit.

Just laying there while others are in yoga poses, can be overwhelming.  Your mind can go in a lot of directions.  "Do they think I am weak for laying here?"  "Should I at least try this next posture or move into child's pose?"  These thoughts did cross my mind, but the main thought that stayed there was.  I pushed myself too hard I can be patient, gentle, and allow myself to grow.  I was a seed soaked in sweat holding moisture in, and just accepting today as today.  I will try to grow more tomorrow.

Yoga is such a great place to find patience.  You can work our entire life and never get to the place where you "want to be".

I want to leave you with a quote from an Orlando yoga legend Lewis Rothlein.  He now lives in Asheville, NC where I took one of his classes earlier this year.  It is his birthday and I have had two teacher read this quote in class.

"May your heart always be filled with peace and happiness.  May it always be growing in compassion, in gratitude, in forgiveness, in humility, and especially in loving!  Let that love pour out of your heart like sunbeams...toward everyone.  Don't leave a single person out.  YOU CAN DO THIS.  You will serve the world and you will feel better then you've ever felt in your life.  Namaste - Lewis Rothlein.