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.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Day 132 - Body, Mind, Soul

I wanted to take a moment and send out my love to Marianne, her sister Michelle, and the rest of the Breslin family.  They experienced a great loss and my heart goes out to their whole family.  Many have asked how to help out.  Here is a link for a donation that will go to Michelle's children.  http://www.gofundme.com/1oqxt8

I am reminded today of the beauty that can be found in any storm. When a storm comes rolling in, it rolls in hard and strong.  High winds, loud thunder, flashing lightning can cause fear, panic, and anxiety.  In that storm though you can sit and listen.  You can find this beauty that is indescribable.  Maybe it's how the trees sway in the wind, or the quick flash that shines in the night air.  There is beauty found in every storm.  I sometimes need to remind myself of that.

This morning I made it to a hot yoga class with Christine Northcote at Full Circle Yoga.  My body was telling me to stay at home and do a gentle yoga class while my mind was telling me I need to push myself and go into a hot class that would challenge my body.  My soul was just grateful I wanted to do yoga.

This all got me thinking a lot between the connection with the body, mind, and soul.  These three parts of myself are constantly fighting.  When I ran my marathons and my body basicly fell apart, my soul had this blissful feel to it.  When I lay in savasana (corpse pose aka laying down) my body has won and my mind is the one that is being tested or fallen apart.  I have also felt a blissful feeling in savasana.  So life is a constant struggle for a balance between these entities.  One should not outway the other.  I find my soul becomes most alive though when I exercise both my body and my mind to its full capacity.

When I arrived in class today my body was saying "OK you (my mind) dragged me here.   Can we at least take it easy."  Throughout class they continued to bicker.  My body would say "Come on! we did the last pose to our capacity.  Take a break"  My mind would want to show off and ignore my injuries while my body was saying to take it easy on my shoulder and knee.  It is almost as if a treaty needs to be signed to make these two happy.

The bickering between my mind and body is the reason why my soul is happy.  I know throughout this experience my body will ask for a break and my mind will tell my body to keep going.  I know my mind will convince my body to do crazy things and finally get into handstand or scorpion.  I know my body will convince my mind to chill out and go deep inside myself with some awesome meditative practice.  My soul will continue to grow.

The other alternative is to let the body win.  I will lay in bed or on the couch.  I will not do anything physical.  I will eat what ever I want.  On the flip side, I let the mind win.  I will continue to go-go-go.  I will never stop and rest.  I will show the world what I am all about.  I find if I use these two scenarios with no balance, then my soul is not happy.  My soul becomes trapped and restless.

Let your soul live and constantly work on your life's balance.  Email me or leave a comment.