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
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.