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, December 28, 2012

Day 145 - Deep meditation

Danny Rhodehamel hand stand
I made my way to Orlando Power Yoga today for the Yin yoga class with Steve Rubin.  I have definitely formed a pattern in the last month.  I have been going to classes that I enjoy, but I am going to be changing this come 2013. 

Breath is very important in yoga.  Some of my most feel good classes have been Ashtanga classes where I can focus deeply on my breath.  I have noticed over the last couple of days that I have not been focusing on my breath.  The yoga I have been doing lately has been more about the physical side or body side of yoga.  Not that there is anything wrong with this, as we need all of this to figure out our balance between body, mind, and soul.  It was just an observation. 

I have also noticed that since there is a big change coming in my life that I have started to get my uneasy feeling that I have to do something.  It is almost like a check list that my mind starts to go into.  I should paint, pack, work, yoga, walk the dog, or take care of the plants.  In reality my body and mind really wants to prepare for the upcoming change, and wants to rest and take a break.  I know that I am going to need all my energy.  I realized that I need more of the mental type classes like I took in today's Yin yoga.

Today in class I went into a deep meditation.  I realized it has been awhile since I have done this.  After class I dissected why I had not gone into a deep meditation in a long while.  What was missing from the previous classes?  Why have I been so distant from this?

I started to think about what I do when I go into Savasana.   When I go into Savasana I start to try to go into a deep relaxation.  I start thinking OK think of nothing.  My mind starts to wander and I tell my mind to stop going that way, stop thinking, or get rid of all thoughts.  I start to try to force my mind to think a certain way rather then try to let it be.  I do not accept my mind for where it is.

Today I had a visual image (I have these a lot).  Instead of trying to shut it off I went with it.  It was of an elephant.  The elephant was breaking out of a wall in a firery orange glow.  It was decorated with colorful garment.  As it walked through my mind I saw it disappear into a blue cloud and my mind started to rise into a dark sky filled with stars.  I drifted off and I found myself in a deep mediation.  I only know I am in this meditation because there is a feeling of nothingness, and I am almost feel asleep but some where I am brought back by the instructor.  Back in reality there is a feeling of peace and tranquilty.

I am realizing that it is when I let go when I learn how to relax and meditate.  It is when I stop trying that I begin a new journey.  I think it is different for each of us how we get there.  It is different each time we get there.  I cannot get frustrated with not getting there every day.  Deep meditation will need a lot of practice, patience, and letting go.

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