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.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Day 211 - I love Ashtanga yoga

I went to Full Circle for an Ashtanga primary series class with Steve Rubin.  I realized I have not been to an Ashtanga class since I was in Asheville, NC in the beginning of January.  I realized tonight after class how important this series is too me.  It is the roots of yoga for me.  It really felt great to get back to the series.  I forgot how good it makes me feel.  Ashtanga follows the same series every class.  This allows me to drop listening to the instructor and focus on my breath and my posture.  It allows me to focus on me.  Ashtanga is where I first started to grasp the connection between mind and body.  I enjoy a good mix of yoga.  I have gotten a lot of physical workouts and have been able to go deeper using other practices, but I have found my deepest mental work inside Ashtanga.  I feel like this series is my path to continuous growth in yoga.

I was thinking the other day about how our society likes to say things like "I eat this because it is healthier for me."  I was trying to figure out the point in our lives where it was acceptable to say this rather then "I eat healthy."  Why do we put ourselves (me included) in a space where we eat or live unhealthy lifestyles.  Why do we learn that it is ok to live unhealthy lifestyles.  Where did this come from.  I want a Mcdonalds cheeseburger because it is easy, it tastes good, and it's in my face.  At one point I starting saying I should not eat this crap.  I should live healthyer.  I should stop drinking, I should stop smoking weed, I should exercise more.  We all say these things.  Why don't we all just live a healthy life?

I have been on a giant strive to get to a healthy lifestyle on both a physical and mental level.  I think this is a lifetime practice.  It is something that does not happened over night.  We need to evolve into healthy beings both physically and mentally.  We need to learn that instant gratification is not the answer to happiness.  Getting to this healthy lifestyle will take a lot of work.  Our thoughts will evolve over time into a healthy one as long as we make daily strives towards these healthy life.  We need to accept that we are human and we make mistakes, but we can always strive towards what you know is healthy.  Realize that what you think is healthy may not actually be healthy.  Be the change and start today.