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.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Day 165 - Coughing Elk

I have always been a firm believer of Spirit animals.  I think that animals come and go out of our lives sending us a message.  They can come in our dreams, visions, or flat smack in front of us.  I have run into a lot of injured Elk in the last week.  The picture above I took of the Elk who had a strained hind leg.  As close as felt with these guys I needed to do a little more research on what the Elk totem might be telling me.

What stuck out as important to me from the Elk totem was that the elk was here to teach us to learn to pace ourselves in order to increase our stamina.  The elk is able to look at the long journey to maintain energy and preservation.

The fact that I was sick and the elk were sick really made me listen.  I obviously have had a mind on the go, and my body has been being dragged along with it.  Although maybe my choices have been doing very healthy choices (eating well, yoga, exercise).  The amount of things I try to accomplish in a day has seemed to have worn me down.   My body stopped me the other day and forced me to stop. It asked me to try a slower pace.  To allow my body to regain it's stamina.  I love that connection between the Elk.  I just thought that was a neat bit of information to share with you.

Yoga tonight was great.  I went back to a class where it felt great to be surrounded by people again.  I get so much more out of a class environment right now.  I think there is lessons to be learned in both areas, but I hadn't been to a studio since Sunday so I was looking forward to it.  I was at Steamboat Fitness again tonight with Cristen Malia.  I was really happy to have had made it back.  My ose was still pretty clogged up, but my body felt like it was ready to return.

The one thing that I thought was funny tonight was during savasana I had to cough.  This has happened to me before, but I have not mention it yet.  Laying down in corpse pose I am supposed to clear my mind and relax, but the sound of a cough can cause distraction throughout the entire room.  I have been in plenty of classes of 70 people plus where there is not a peep throughout the entire time we were in savasana.  When I feel a cough coming on I start to try to prevent it in fear of disturbing others.  This is done by massive swallowing, trying to hold it back, or trying to play mind games to make the cough go away.

No matter what I try, I seem to always let out a cough.  All of this of course leaves me no time for meditation, but then I feel bad because I am that guy who kept coughing during final relaxation.  It is something that I do not hold onto, but thought I'd share because I know it has happened to some of you out there.  Send me a comment or email me about it.