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, December 4, 2012

Day 121 - Dharma Mittra - Day 2

It was Day 2 of our trip here in New York.  My lower back was pretty sore after the twist and turns in these crazy postures.  Again we were back at Dharma Mittra doing series 4 and 5 postures.  My back quickly loosesend up as I pretty much didn't have a choice.

I was sore from yesterday not only because  I was getting into some new postures, but also letting my ego jump ahead of my body.  The first day in a new studio and being in front of someone who I really do respect.  My ego wanted to show him and everybody in there how hard I have been working.  We all know that people do not care, the majority of them are probably too worried about how they look, or how they can accomplish some posture.  This feeling is pretty normal.  We all want to be accepted.  We all want to show our peers we have been working hard.  Why is this acceptance so important?

Yoga has brought a lot into my life.  I feel like it is a chance to look deeper inside of myself and find acceptance in some things, others places I would like to change, and a greater appreciation for life and living.

Dharma Mittra has said a few things that have stuck with me.  Yesterday he mentioned that "We are what we eat."  He is a vegan and for some reason this just made a little more sense to me this time I heard it.  I feel as if I am doing yoga to find out more about who I am.  I am finding more acceptance, compassion, and a gentler soul on myself.  I am starting to expand this concept out to others.  I also love animals, but I am putting my being, my survival, and my self in place of theirs.

Yoga is not a switch.  You do not show up to class your first day, flip your legs around your head, find ultimate bliss and peace, love everyone, become vegan, and boom your are enlightened.  This is years and years of practice.  I do not expect to become vegan over night.  I am not sure I ever want to be vegan.  I am happy right now and accept the path I am of Meatless Mondays and Tuesdays and Vegan Thursdays.

Today in class I felt very accomplished with who I am and who I have become.  I did not feel any sense of discomfort or wanting of acceptance.  I have positive qualities and negative qualities.  Today I will focus on the positive.