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, January 11, 2013

Day 159 - Let it go

 It is a cold and windy day here in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  I was very happy yesterday when I visited my friend Frank Cutler who is an acupuncturist in town.  If you ever need good work visit him.  He recommended I go to a yoga workshop with Valerie Dambrosio at Steamboat Fitness.  She knows her stuff so I was happy to learn some new things last night.  She also taught this morning.  I am really happy with the classes I have gone to so far here, and I am looking forward to more.  I have also run into and reconnected with some friends from my past.  Life seems to embrace you when you open your heart.

Last night I had about an hour conversation with a 63 year old man who was complaining about his ex-wife.  He had not talked to his sons, and he was bitter over a lot of events over the last 30 years.  It was mostly a sit and listen conversation.   At one point I realized that I could easily become this guy.  I could stay bitter my entire life over events that happened to me in the past.  I can act as a victim in life.   I am finding the biter victims in life never seem to find happiness or move forward in life.  We all have the ability to play the bitter victim.

The other choice is to look at these "negative" aspects as life lessons, ways to grow, and a path to a greater life.  Before moving forward, we need to stop and "let it go."  Some people tend to push these events deep down inside of them and continue to try to move forward.  I think by doing so we block so many places that need to be used to grow.  It is like a tomato plant trying to grow with its roots pulled out of the ground.  The plant might seek for sunlight and water, but until it gets its roots back into the soil there will be little growth.  I am making sure my roots dive deep into my new soil.  That I am fully rooted and ready to take in the water and sunlight.

There has been a lot of situations in my life lately telling me to let things from my past go.   We all have things to release and let go.  I have found certain postures have released some of these emotions and feelings inside of me.  Therapy has also helped me talk it out.  I have also started acupuncture, energy cleansing, massage, and meditating.  All of these things are super interesting to me.  These are all ways that I am going to use to learn more about who I am and how I work in this world.

A lot of events in my life I do not have any control over.  I feel like these events that happen can take over my brain as I try to figure out why the unexplainable happeneds.   I look for explanation to things that will never be explained.  These are the things I need to let go.   I feel like my brain is like a giant storage closet.  I have cleared out a lot of the nonsense, but still have things to clean out.  It is an on going process where I must let go of the things in the past, but also not take in the events in the present.  How else can I keep other peoples issues out of my head, and just recognize them as "not my issue."

Yoga has helped me focus on me.  It helps me clear my head and block out the people around me.  This was the beginning of my journey.  There is so much more to learn.  

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