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.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Day 144 - Overcoming fear

Today was the Dharma 3 class at Orlando Power Yoga with Kelly Senn.  I have said this a few times, but it is one of my favorite classes.  I am sad a bit because this is my last Dharma class here for a couple months as I am traveling away from Orlando.

In the last week I have seen a friends new born baby and been to a funeral.  The beginning of life and the end of life.  I started to think of all the things that happen to us in between.   I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.  We get stuck on so many things, so many different emotions, and we are thrown off our growing path.  We get stuck in our groove of being afraid of going back to these emotions, that we turn away so many chances to opportunities.

How do we get back onto our path?  How do we open our hearts and face out fears?

We first need to look inside.  All of our lives can be filled by worry.  It is up to us if we choose to face our fears.  People in Madagascar might worry about going to go get fresh water.  Here we worry about what to wear, if we should get an Iphone, or how many Calories are in the pizza we just ate.  We are the only ones that ultimately will know what it is we worry about.  We can ultimately choose which worries to keep inside our head, and which ones are really fabricated and not needed for our minds.

Yoga is a great place to face our fears.  Yoga can help relinquish and realize that most of our fears are just illusions that we have put inside our own head.  I have, and also have heard of many people fearing something in yoga.  Maybe it's actually going to the class or maybe it's going into headstand.  We have all at one point or another looked around the room and thought our posture should look like something other then our posture.

I have taken a few pictures like the one above to make sure I see my progress in yoga.   The peacock pose is scary in a lot of ways.  My first thoughts were a couple months ago.   I felt like my wrists would snap in half.  So I started every day to try to strengthen my wrists.  Putting more and more weight on it each day.  When I finally got over this fear, my next fear was getting down on my chin.  This is where the picture was taken.  I am worried the more I move my feet up the more I will fall forward.  I was facing this fear today in class.

This is where I am today.  Before this it was a different pose.  Yoga is an ongoing chance to face your fears.  It is also the time when you realize how stupid a lot of our worries and fears are.  If we can accomplish these poses, what else can we accomplish in life.

What postures are you scared of?  Email me or leave me a comment.