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.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Day 74 - Structure

Happy Vegan Day (I almost put cream in my coffee...oops)

My dad got my mom to go to her first yoga class together.  I guess they both enjoyed it.  I hope that they both continue to go.  YEAH PARENTS!!!!

I was at Kelly Senn's Dharma class again at Orlando Power Yoga.  Again, this is slowly becoming one of my more favorite yoga's.  Like Ashtanga it has the same series that it flows through every time.  I began to wonder why it was that I like these types of yoga.  Why I am I so attached to this?  For a long while I would refuse to do anything but Ashtanga.

To me Dharma and Ashtanga are classes I know what to expect when I enter the class.  If I am pushing myself at the beginning I know I can take a break and then start up again later.  I know what is to come.  There is a lot of structure in this class, a lot of history, and a lot of tradition.  It feels like this is where my body belongs.  But why?

I look at my life as a pretty unstructured life.  I technically do not have to be anywhere at anytime.  Every morning I wake up I can make the choice to go to work, go to yoga, go on a run, do nothing, eat, play, drink coffee, eat chicken, what ever.  I am a rare being that actually has that ability to do that.  Keep in mind I have the same 24 hours in a day as everyone else.  So I make my own structure, I form my own patterns, I provide my own organization.  When I am in charge of the day it means the day is not in charge of me.  The day however will throw me curve balls, sliders, fastballs, whatever it chooses.  As I continue on with my day the world will never have the same stability as I like to pretend the world should be.  I can go into work and have the power go out shutting down my whole operation.  I could be cut off by a train which makes me late for an appointment which dominoes into something else.  Although I may plan my day one way, it never will come out as originally planned.  There is not real structure in life.

For 90 minutes when I get on the mat at an Ashtanga or Dharma class I can rely on structure.  I can have that knowledge that this is how it is going to be from the time I get on the mat until I get off.  It is something I know is going to happen.  Yes, I know for all you knit pickers, there are some things that vary during class.

At the same time during class, I learn how to deal with these little things that can distract me from this structure.  A thought may come up that makes me angry.  Where do I put this?  What do I do with it?  How do I handle this?  Breath and let it go.  The breath keeps you in this structure.

I hear so many people talking to a hysterical person.  What do they say?  "Breath and calm down."   And when that hysterical person starts to do this they stop, get grounded, and can start to begin to be human again.  The breath brings them back to the beginning.  It allows you to stop and begin again to look for that peace, calmness, or structure. 

In these Dharma and Ashtanga classes I can breathe.  I can stop and focus on my life, my feelings, my emotions, nothing.  I can just be.  I know what is coming up.

On the flip side I also like to switch it up.  I like to go to classes where I do not know what to expect.   A good flow class keeps you on your toes.  I do not know what is around the corner.  It is a chance to  challenge my body and mind to see if I can keep up, figure out my breath, and many other lessons when facing chaos or no structure in life.  After all life is about balance.  We cannot just have structure.  How boring would that be?  Then again, maybe that is what true peace is.  Knowing exactly what to expect when you wake up and the world behaves exactly as planned?  hmmmmm

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