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.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Day 85 - Escape

Happy Meatless Monday again :)

Well I am on my way back to Orlando to get. back to work.  I was able to stop by Vital Yoga one more time this morning.  It was another Vinyasa Flow class.

As I started to say yesterday my weekend was filled with a lot of friends and party's.  I started to think of the balance that we need between fun and work, pleasure and discipline, or self and the rest of the world.  I am very much a reclusive person who is just fine in social gatherings.  The older I get though I find myself finding more and more comfort at home, but I also feel like I get so many great ideas when I go out into the world.  Most of my activities that I enjoy like yoga, painting, running, or snowboarding do not rely on other people to have a good time.  However if you read back on some of my blogs I can easily get lost in my mind if I do too much alone time.  There is a good balance that I need to help maintain that.

I am looking forward after this weekend to getting back to painting, work, and everyday life.  My time here in Denver was great, but there was some overwhelming moments for me.  The first night I was with a ton of my friends and I was ready to just let loose and enjoy the night.  I started to think about the reasons and ways we let go of our paths, thoughts, ideas, and just kick back and relax.  There are so many types of escapes in this world.  For me and many it used to be drugs and alcohol.  We justify out lives with things like... I had a long day so I need to have a beer.   I am in a large crowd of people so I need a drink.  I can't do something unless I have some substance in me.

For me the drugs and alcohol are gone, but the need to relax, calm, or get away from the mind is still there.   So maybe we turn to coffee, food, running, or yes even yoga.  The main thing that I am realizing though is we are escaping, fearful, scared, or running from our emotions.  As I was blogging yesterday I feel like these are the emotions that are the key to helping us grow.  So the more we try to escape from these emotions the less we grow.

There are so many people in this world that go to the bars, clubs, or drink all weekend and then wonder why they have not accomplished what they set out to do.  For me this was the beginning of the cloudiness of my mind.  I was frustrated, I was not growing and I felt stuck.  Looking back, 8 years ago I was scared little boy.  After I got rid of the mind numbing substance I still wanted to escape from my emotions.  I was not used to having to face these fears.  I had to learn how to face them straight on.  After facing these fears I would have it no other way.  For me, an individual who has been down this road, alcohol and drugs are two of the biggest hinders in our self growth.

Even without drinking or drugs I have found ways for me to escape.  I still look into my life and there are obviously still some things that I wonder if they hinder or help my growth.  There are some things I do that probably hinder.   Coffee, TV, certain people in my life?  Other escapes I believe help my growth in my life like yoga, painting, or traveling.  Only we know our truth of what is helpful and what hinders us if we look deep down in our hearts.  No matter what our escape is though, at one point we all have to stop and ask ourselves "What are we running from?"

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