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.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Day 174 - The next step


Today I went to CorePower Yoga in Denver.  It is a heated yoga class that is more of a commercial grade yoga.  It is more physical then it is spiritual.  I remember I went to this studio about 7 years ago, and did not like it because it was more like a gym.  Now I look at it as more of a relief from the spiritual sides of yoga.  Doing yoga 6 days a week, I like a nice balance.   I am not at a point in my life where I can continuously dive deep into myself and take everything seriously.  Some days I just like to let go, not think, and work out.  So this is where I was today and it was nice to be able to concentrate more on my physical self.

I have been thinking a lot about the drive we have as human beings.  Some of us have no drive and wish or hope for a different life, while others have an insane drive and wish for relaxation and inner peace.  Then there is the question of what we are driving towards in the first place.  Are we looking for money, stability, love, a new car, compassion, acceptance, reproduction, inner peace, a successful career. 

Our society teaches to get good grades, so you can get into college, get a good career, make the proper amount of money, get married, have kids, grow old, and then find happiness.  There always seems to be the next step.   This next step is supposedly the pathway to inner peace or happiness.  OK I finished college, now I must find my job.

It was when my society driven plans got derailed by my divorce that I was truly able to stop and question my truth and my own happiness.  It brought a better appreciation to the negative side of life that brings room for inner growth and building strength from within.  I started to understand that happiness and inner peace are not found in our external lives of material things, who we have around us, or our changing emotional states.  True happiness is found deep inside of us, inside our core being.  We need to dive down deep and start to examine the true being that is "me."  Who I am in relation to this world.  How I can give and what I offer to this world.  The answer seems to be stop looking forward toward where I am going, stop blaming or embracing the past, but rather live in the moment.  Enjoy both the positive sides of life ,and look at the "negative" side as an opportunity to grow.

Take chances in life and expect to fall down.  Just like learning a yoga pose the only way to finding true inner peace is to start, practice, fall down, practice again, fall down some more, and keep looking to achieve that posture.  Then after you achieve that posture look for the next one that will help you grow.  In yoga there is always the next step.  There is always something to practice.  I plan on living this life off the mat too.

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