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 17, 2012

Day 73 - Justify

Happy Lots of Fruit day (If you don't know what this is read Sunday's blog)

Tonight I am going to a yin yang class with Rob Hefele at Full Circle Yoga.  It is a pretty gentle class mixed in with a little flow at the beginning.  It is a great for midway through your week. 

I have heard a lot of people justifying not doing things.  I am also guilty of this, but I am noticing it a lot more since doing Yoga 308.  Things like I can eat a cheeseburger because I have been eating good this whole week.  Everyone has certain justifications to get them out of doing things.  I am starting to wonder if these justifications are in fact just our fears.  

I am finding my life to be much more exciting and fun while I am facing my fears and insecurities.  We all have them, but we all can choose either to run from them, face them, or justify not doing them.  We will always face fears in our life.

I am tired of justifications in my life.  I am going to try to notice when I do it, and make a point to tell you that I am doing it.  Life can be as simple as just doing something. 

Yoga is a perfect example where justifications are done.  I do justify things every day in yoga.  "Well I have been pushing myself so hard the first half hour I should take it easy the next half hour."  "I did three back bends, I do not need to do the fourth."  Now here's where it gets tricky.  Flip it.  "I have been laying in child's pose, I should start getting into the posture again."  "I did one back bend, I should do three now."  I have a hard time justifying being gentle with myself.  So it can go both ways.

I am writing about this topic today because I have so many people who come up to me and justify not doing something.  Things like...

"I think it's great you drink.  I drink because I just need to unwind during the weekend."
"I do not run anymore, because I have too much to do."
"I cannot start my company because I do not know how to start it up"
"I need to have protein so I need to eat this beef tonight"

There are a thousand justifications on not doing things that we know may better for our life.  We are all guilty of doing them.  Is it time that we just let go of these justifications and do the things we keep saying we want to do?  Is today the day? 

I am trying something new this week.  I am waking up with a positive mantra.  I think of something that I hope to accomplish, followed by something that I truly love, and finally that the day is good.  It is a great way to start off and then continue my day.  The other choice is to wake up pissed off and angry and trying to overcome that.  You have the choice every morning to start off your morning in a positive direction.  You can then face the negativity in life with a step ahead.  Try it out.