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, February 2, 2013

Day 181 - "Yoga Is" revisted

It is time again to ask the question "What is Yoga."  This answer always seems to change, but I like to ask myself it every once and awhile.  This is how I feel today.

Yoga is my daily routine where I dive into myself and find acceptance of where I am in that particular moment.  It is an avenue where I can find personal growth.  As I go deeper into the postures, I also go deeper into my breath, and also deeper into my mind.  I am finding a lot more patience and acceptance in the world around me

Today my practice took me to Root Yoga for a 2 hour class with Cheryl Deer.  The class today was called "Forest Class - Up level."  It was basically a Vinyasa class with some strength building.  I enjoyed practicing handstand and scorpion pose up against the wall.  There were also a few poses I have never been in before.  The studio was nice and Cheryl knows her stuff.  She had no problem making adjustments where she found necessary.

I am finding all these different classes and studios great for my knowledge base.  However, every teacher has a different philosophy on a lot of the postures.  I think I can count 6 different positions my feet have been moved in while in downward dog.  I have to take this all with a grain of salt.  I am finding there is no real bad yoga, just the yoga that is right for you.  Ultimatly, you are in control of your practice.  I tend to listen more to the yoga instructors who have been at this for 20 - 50 years, but even then I make adjustments for my own body.

The adventure of going to all these yoga studios also leads me to miss out on some postures that I had been working on daily in Orlando.  For example I did do headstand for 3-5 minutes the other day, but have not done it since.  Maybe this is the way that the universe is telling me I need a break from some of these postures.  Or maybe I just need to practice them outside of class. 

Today overall was a very chill day.

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