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, October 10, 2012

Day 66 - Catholic Priest Bans Yoga

Tonight I was off to a Power yoga class with Kelly Senn.  It was a class where Dharma meets Budokon.  I really enjoyed it.  It was a very slow moving strength building class with a lot of the postures from both Dharma and Budokon.  I really felt like going to a Yin class tonight, but ended up in this class.  I was a good change in plans.

Tonight I feel in a very comfortable stage.  I was really smiley after class, and I feel an overall balance of just being.  I feel a lot stronger lately.

It was also a very busy day at work today, but I felt very excited and energetic.  Like we were starting on a clean slate today.  I feel fresh (not like a feminine product commercial) like I am a new person.  Kind of strange, but what ever I am going with it.

I read in the Yoga Journal an article today about how a Catholic Priest Banned yoga.  My immediate thought was..."Why do they do that? so stupid."  I have come to a different understanding after class though.  The Priest banned the yoga class because he did not want to practice something that is practiced by Hindu's.  I guess I am at a point of my life when I hear some of these thoughts, and just kind of say "oh who cares."  People are always going to think differently from me.  I could try to explain to the catholic's and priests that believe this, but I am pretty sure they have made up their mind on this subject, like I have made up my mind in practicing yoga.  It is not my job to tell people how to practice and find their god and religion, but continue on practicing the life, religion, and beliefs I hold true to my heart.

Everyone who takes yoga probably knows and believes that any religion can and participates in it.  Atheists, Catholics, Buddhist, Hindus.  That is part of why I enjoy it.  We are all coming from  different avenues in life.  I was brought up Catholic.  I stopped going to church about 20 years ago, and now consider myself Buddhist.  I hardly ever think about god or religion in class.  I use it as an opportunity to sit still to be with myself and look deeper inside of me.  At the same time I am getting a great work out.  And everyone around may or may not have the same religious beliefs.  Then there is a great community.  Like church, people are coming together to do the same thing, but they all bring their own beliefs to the table.  We do not sit and debate who's god is better, or anything like that.  In my mind  it is actually a really great practice that could benefit and enhance all religions.  I really am enjoying the yoga community.

I know that most people that come to yoga, believe that we have a great community, We just wish that people would keep their mind open to new beliefs.  Do not look at yoga as a religious practice, but rather a spiritual practice.

However, just like we ask people to be open minded, the people who ban yoga are asking people to close their minds.  In order to keep an open mind about our world we must accept that life will always have a closed minded way to believe.

So stay open minded by allowing the closed minded people to stay closed.  It is part of our balance in life.  Send me an email or leave a comment.