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.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Day 117 - Opportunity

Today I went to a morning hot power class with Janelle Pochintesta at Orlando Power Yoga.  The class was filled with maybe about 50 people.  There is something that grows on you being in a hot room sweating your butt off with that many people.  I like the feeling that everyone is coming together to try to change something about themselves.  Maybe it's a new body, a peace or mind, a new outlook in life, or to find something new.  No matter what the reason, we all come into class with something.  We stretch to help us grow.  Our bodies become more flexible, but with that our minds begin to stretch too.  We realize we can accomplish new things.  We realize we will fail at some things.  We accept that we may never be able to do some things.  We continue to grow.

Yesterday I practiced at home by myself.  It is what my body was calling for.  It is a chance for me to listen to me.  When I go into a class with 50 other people I loose some of this ability to listen to me.  There is a lot more to shut off in my head, a lot more distractions, and a lot more heat.  I have stressed several times that there are several types of yoga in this world.  You can find the right one for you.

I have noticed life has been presenting a lot of opportunity's in my life.  There is also a direct correlation between the greater the change in my life, the greater the opportunity there is to grow in my life.  I think we often mix up change with lost.  With everything we loose in life though, we gain something new.  Death can bring sadness, but we can also fill our hearts with gratitude and love for the moments we spent with that being.  Just like new birth can bring joy and excitement, but we can also fill our hearts with jealousy or hatred.  It is up to ourselves on how to fill this void.
 
There is always that something that is asking me to change.  I can choose to ignore it, and stay in the comfort of what I perceive as "the known."  Or I can take on the challenge, dare to go into this new experience and see where it leads me.  The new path or challenge is typically scary, nerve racking, or uneasy.  I can fail at these challenges.  I can succeed at these challenges.  I think for right now though the most important part is to accept and face these challenges.

Today I went into class with a happy attitude.  I was in the moment throughout class and it brought a bigger smile to my face.  It was a great class to be in.

What challenges are you facing today?  Do you have the opportunity to grow?  Accept a new challenge today and watch what