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, January 1, 2013

Day 149 - Find the comfort zone

Happy New Year.  I did a gentle hour of yoga today.  I have a bit of head cold and was out until 7 a.m. this morning bringing in the New Year at Hard Rock Casino in Tampa.  So if today was my only day of 2013, then I lived a tired and sickly life.  I have been thinking a lot about how we hold onto things.  At what point do things become our norm?  Today I am still happy and excited.  If I felt sick and tired everyday this year would I loose my happiness?  Could I find happiness in this tired and sickly state?

Last night I was with a lot of people in a club.  I cannot remember the last time I was out until I saw the sunrise.  It was one of the first times I remembered since being sober.  Clubs can make me overstimulated on a visual sense.  I used to take off the edge with drugs and alcohol, but now that is gone it is a little more difficult.  Bars and Clubs are really not my scene anymore, but I do not mind the atmosphere for a short period of time. 

I was up on stage at one point with the crowd all facing me.  I am a giant fan of people watching and this was an ideal place to do it.  Part of my over stimulation is the lights and the noise, but a bigger part has always been my own head.   Thoughts like "Are these people looking at me."  "Should I be standing here or here."  "Am I weird for not dancing to this."  These are insecurities my mind fight with.  

Yoga has helped me maintain and find a comfort zone, both on and off the mat.  When you are in an uncomfortable posture or situation can you focus on your breath and once again internalize your thoughts.   

The nightclub was filled with over a thousand people.  I saw these external thoughts come up, but also quickly go away.  The club was filled with an energy of people having a good time.  I took this energy in and enjoyed it.

Tomorrow is day two of 2013.  Can we bring our thoughts and excitement that we brought the new year in and apply that in our daily practice.  Can we wake up every morning with a fresh slate, an excitement of taking on any challenge, an acceptance of not accomplishing our goals, and a determination of picking ourselves up and trying again. 

Here's to 2013 day 2! Send me an email or leave a comment about your day 1.