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, November 28, 2012

Day 115 - Who is watching?

Well today I did feel the 90 minutes of hot yoga I did at Orlando Power Yoga.  Th class was tough, and about 45 minutes into it I felt like I was falling apart.  I started to wonder why I push myself so hard.  Why do I demand so much from myself.  It is one of the great things about yoga.  You can always push yourself to the limit.  You can always stop and take a break.  You can always lay down and take a nap.  The choice is up to you.  I am feeling like my mind needs me to find a gentler side.  I have always been good at pushing myself to the limit.  So my ultimate class would be for me to come in and lay down for 90 minutes and do nothing.  In my eyes this is a great lesson to fight your fears using yoga.

I can picture my ego if I decided to lay there an entire class and how my mind would race with comments and questions about me just laying there being still.  "People are looking at me, expecting me to do something."  "I need to do this, I shouldn't care what anyway around me thinks."  "I wonder if the teacher is pissed that I am just laying here."  I feel like this would be a great thing for me to do, since my ego would care that much.

I think people (me included) like to think that everyone is watching them during yoga.  "Oh I lost my balance  someone must think I'm weak."  "I can do this twist.  I am soooooo awesome."  The reality is, no one is really watching you.  They are probably all too busy wathcing themselves, or thinking that everyone is watching them.  This type of thought process has diminished for me.  I oh this all to practice.

The best is you can take this thought process off of the mat.  People are not watching you as much as you think.  Think of all the time you spend thinking about yourself.  Why do you assume it will differ in someone else mind.  Let's all drop the ego, accept who we are, not try to show off, and enjoy the simple life.

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