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, November 27, 2012

Day 114 - Handstand

Today I was in the Tuesday Dharma class with Kelly Senn at Orlando Power Yoga.  I was sweating quite a bit in this class, but felt really good.  Some days things just seem to click in class.  Life is like that.  If you keep at something you love, eventually things fall into place.

I was very excited to jump into handstand for the first time today.  It was only for about 1.5 seconds, but I felt it.  I felt myself accomplish this posture for the first time.

Just like life, there is always room to grow.  There is always the next posture.  We can stop to critic  ourselves (like me mentioning that my handstand was only 1.5 seconds).  We can also celebrate these moments.  I quite often skip over accomplishments looking for the next step.  "OK, now that I have jumped into handstand I need to hold it longer next time."  These are moments to celebrate in life.  Celebrate your accomplishments.  Be happy for the things you have done.  This handstand was 37 years in the making.

I looked at the people around me in class today.  There are so many different people and stories.  I have seen people who are in there 70's, people with pace makers, or people with replacement hips.  I have seen people who are overweight.  I know an instructor who is over 300 lbs.  There are drug addicts, smokers, x-drug addicts.  People who cannot touch their toes, people who can kiss there own butt.  People who have been abused mentally or physically.

My point with all of this is, if you have a story on why you can't do yoga, you CAN do yoga.  Talking to people about yoga 308, I have heard every excuse on why they do not do it.  This is everyone's first step.  The first step is to get over the excuses and come to class.  I really think today is a great day to start if you haven't yet.  There is a yoga that is made for you.

After 114 days of yoga 308 my body feels very different from when I started.  My tight spots have shifted.  I have new places where I feel tight or sore.  I do not feel any pain in my right knee as when I first started.  I do have a bit of discomfort in my left shoulder.  It is not enough to keep me from doing yoga.  I just pay attention to it, and try to keep from intense work on it when it is not comfortable.  There is a difference between discomfort, pain, and just soreness.  This is something everyone needs to figure out for themselves to avoid injury.  In my mind there will always be something to work through.  The important thing is to figure out how to work through this to be both gentle to myself as well as push myself.

Mentally, I feel very much changed.  It's only been 4 months.  I am excited to do yoga.  I am excited to see where my life is heading.  I am excited to dive deeper.  I am excited.

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