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.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Day 189 - 37 years of yoga

I was back in the swing of things again today.  I went to a class with an excellent instructor in Denver.  Kathleen Swinbourne teaches a Sunday morning class at Lohi Athletic Club.  It is a gym that my friend Kelly and Dave belong to, and it was about the fourth time I have taken her class.  I love having people I know in my class, and I was lucky to have Dave, Kelly, and Marianne join me on my yoga adventures this week.

I was still feeling a bit stiff from Friday's class and I think I tweaked something slightly in my back when I was shooting my feet back in class today.  I actually felt a little tweaked on Friday, but now I definitly feel something on my left lat.  I am looking to ease up a bit over the next week and see if a massage can help me work it out.  Sometimes I push my body to the limit.  I push so hard I am now physically reminded that I need to slow down.  I am back in Ski Town USA for some more snowboarding.  Hopefully my back will heal quickly so I can get back on my board.

Moving from studio to studio and class to class I have been asked the question "How long have you been doing yoga?"  I have a new staple.  I now tell people I have done yoga for 37 years.  Yoga comes down to the breath, and if that is true I have been breathing for 37 years.  I am wanting to connect more with taking yoga off the mat.  How really we can sit and watch the world transpire around us.  We can sit and breath and choose what we want to interact with.  We are the ultimate master of our thoughts.  We can choose to hold onto our thoughts or let them pass on by like our breath.  We can continue to worry about the future or blame the past, or we can choose to live in the present.  I feel it is really as simple as that.  Breathe and live in the present.  Easier said then done though right ;)

This is the path I am striving for.  Since I feel like I gave a lot of my first 37 years learning the wrong behavior of the blame and worry, I can give myself another 37 years to reverse the pattern and practice living in the now.  How am I going to practice this?  Through yoga.  I am 6 months into it.  So only 36 more years and 6 more months.  That's a lot of blogging.

I am taking the long hard path.  The path of looking for compassion for all living things, keeping an honest life, and the acceptance for both who I am and the ever changing world around me.   This life seems much harder, more disciplined, and maybe a bit more lonely.   It is the choice I am feeling is my true path though.

Please feel free to keep sending me emails or leaving comments.  Keep life simple and real.