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 31, 2013

Day 179 - Exert positive energy

Happy Vegan Thursday.  And what a day it was.  We got another 14" last night, 8" yesterday, on top of 24".  This makes for about 46" of fluffy base.  It is what I would imagine would happen if I fell into a cloud in heaven.  I was back on the mountain for some crazy times flying down on my snowboard.  Snowboarding can do a wonder to your body.  My knees were acting as giant shock absorbers all day and my back was flipping the board back and forth.  There is no real balance when it comes to snowboarding. 

After all the harsh body treatment on the mountain it was time to give my body a nice recovery Yin yoga session.  I took the Yin class with Lindsay Barr at the Yoga Center of Steamboat.  I felt like my body was pushed to the extremes today.  First killing it on the mountain and then finding bliss in yoga.  It was the perfect Yin meet Yang day.  I am beat.

I have been thinking a lot about the defintion we give ourselves.  When we go through school we start giving or are given our self labels.  I went to school, and came out an engineer.  I think for some people these labels are what they use to define themselves.  I feel like these labels are not our definition, but rather simple paths to where we truly want to go.  We are in complete control of these paths. 

I see individuals who are stuck in a life full of depression, despair, and sadness.  They look at their current situation as their defintion of who they are.  They begin to either lose hope, or they continue to beat themselves down into the hole of depression.  Today can be seen as your starting point.  You are the one in control of bringing positive or negative energy into your life.  I do believe like attracts like.  If you are emitting negative energy such as distrust, greed, or self absorbed behavior you will attract people that are in similar boats.  You are in all reality looking for this in your life.  If you are looking for peace, happiness, and joy, these people will come into your life.  It is up to you to keep this in your heart.  I see individuals with this love, happiness, and peace around them, but they are not familiar with this.  They do not understand this.  They eventually fall into the negative aspects of life. 

Some think that we are here for a purpose.  Maybe we are here to fulfill one ultimate purpose.  Maybe we are here to bare a child that cures cancer, maybe we are here to let someone feel true love, or maybe we are here to develop that ultimate idea.  However, I do not think our lives are here for one big purpose, but rather daily purposes.  We are here to connect with each other.  To help one another grow.  Not in the sense that stuns our own growth.  We are not here to save others or drag them out of hell.  We are here to learn from one another.  We are here to grow together.

Every connection has a purpose here on life.  The only individual you can control is yourself.  When you wake up in the morning where do you put your energy and life towards?  Do you exert a positive energy?  Do you look to give out to this world?... or Do you exert negative energy?  Do you look to get what you deserve?  Do you continuous play the victim in life?  Do you look to blame others?  When we connect with each other we exert one of these energies.  Tomorrow when you wake up start exerting the energy you want in your life.  It will come back to you ten times greater.

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