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, December 3, 2012

Day 120 - Dharma Mittra - Day 1

I am in New York taking a class with Dharma Mittra.  I just finished up with a level 4-5 Dharma Class which was soooo much fun.  Going into the studio I was feeling a little anxious, excited, nervous, happy, and a little star struck.  I felt like I did the first time I ever went into a yoga class.  Sitting down in the studio I had a sense of this positive humble energy in the air.  I thought of how many people and stories have entered Dharma Mittra's studio.  How many people left with an upbeat, happy, joyous feeling.  You could almost feel it in the studio. 

I am a bit embarrassed admitting this, but when Dharma walked in I was a bit starstruck.  He seemed like such a calm collective individual.  Like he had so many answers in life.  I felt like I might be a little in over my head.  Again, I felt like I did the first time I ever did yoga. 

I kind of knew coming into the class that I was going to be a bit in over my head.  These postures can get crazy.  I have talked quite a bit about there always being the next step in yoga.  That there is always something that can be worked on in yoga.  This class was the beginning of a new journey for me.  There were a lot of postures that I have a long way before I can get into them, but there were a lot of postures that I could do.

Dharma had a very calming attitude about practice.  He threw in a bit of philosophy, but kept the actual practice more about the postures.  I loved that aspect.  He made light of the fact that not everyone was going to enter the postures, and just made me feel good about myself and where I was in my practice.  After class I realized this feeling good about my practice had little to do with him, but rather everything to do with me.

The last part of the class was 2 minutes of anything we wanted to do.  I did a lot of watchasana (sitting on my butt watching everyone else).  There were a lot of teachers and long time veterans in the studio.  So I was impressed with what everyone else was doing.

This was definitely not a class where I left feeling calm and relaxed, but rather happy, excited, humble, self accepting, good, and a sense like I have been working towards something.  Something good!!!

Dharma Mittra is a guide.  He is a teacher on my path of life.  I was sooo happy I was able to take this opportunity to take his class.  There are so many teachers in my life right now.  So many important people who have been guiding me on my correct path.  It's amazing what you can do when you let your guard down, set aside your fears, and embrace everything that is in your life.

For all my teachers out there reading this today I thank you.  This includes my family, friends, strangers, first time readers, enemies, animal friends, departed close ones.  Everyone is a peace of the puzzle that makes up my life.