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.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Day 157 - The external life is becoming a movie

Yoga was exactly what I needed last night.  Yesterday was my first day back on the slopes and life felt pretty sweet.  I went up just for a couple hours and took it easy to try to get my legs back.  This is my typical routine when returning to snowboarding.  However,  I did not feel tired or achy.  I have heard for years that yoga will enhance your sport, and now I believe it.

After class I did a Yin yoga class with Lindsey Barr at Steamboat Fitness.  This was exactly where my body and mind needed to be.  Yin is a restorative level on so many levels.  My life has been busy with hustle and bustle, emotional cyclones, and excited adventures.  I walked in the class with a crazy excited attitude.  I left with a mood of at ease, relaxation, and the knowledge that life is awesome.  I also slept very well last night.

I am sitting in a coffee shop today where I am displaying my art work.  It is great to listen to kids talk about my paintings.  I just had a little girl walk past me, asking her mom which painting she liked the best.  She liked the Zebra and the Rhino.  No one knew that I painted these.  It is nice to have this feeling of allowing little kids and others to enjoy my art work. 

In the past I used to externalize on my painting.  If a little girl walked by saying "I love the Zebra" I would not believe her.  I would think something like "Now my art work is like a little child."  I would use the external as a way to beat myself up.  The bottom line though was I did not believe internally that my art work was good.  I used the external to increase my discomfort and insecurity of the internal. 

Yoga allows me to focus on the internal.  I can notice distractions that are around me and trying to throw me off balance, ignore my breathing, or find insecurities inside myself.  Once I began to notice these external things I began to realize they really have nothing to do with me.  I have the option to try to be better then others, be upset when I loose my balance, or blame others from distracting my breathing.  The real questions are internal why's.  Why did I show up to yoga today? Why did I fall out of balance? Why am I insecure about these things.

I fight with these whys.  Ultimately yoga gives me less why's and more acceptance.  For the first time I feel really proud of my art work.  Although it felt good to hear that little girl get excited about my art work, I do not need her.   Again, I owe this to yoga.  The external life is slowly becoming more of a movie for me.

How are you feeling today?  Email me or leave a comment.