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, March 9, 2013

Day 216 - Max Strom workshop - Day 2

Today was day 2 for the Max Strom workshop.  I am writing in between two of the classes.  This morning was based on opening the chest and tonight is a lecture called "How to function in a dysfunctional world."

Today Max Strom talked about something I had touched on awhile ago.  He brought more science to the subject though.  He was expressing how we lock certain emotions in certain areas.  For instance, fear can be found in the stomach.  Thus we have sayings such as "I have butterfly's in my stomach."  Or love is locked in the heart.  Thus, "She broke my heart."  We have all had these feelings where we can actually physically feel them in our body or organs.  The thing is these feelings inside our body can actually get locked in there.  Have you ever been doing some form of exercise and some emotion just comes out from left field?  These are locked emotions.

One of the great things about yoga is the ability to unlock these locked emotions and let them go.  We have the ability through our postures and breath to go deep inside both our body and our mind.  We find the connection between the body and mind.  A healthy mind and body allows emotions to flow through.  Yoga can help keep these emotions flowing through.

My journey with yoga has had many twists, turns, and emotions (both stuck and unstuck).  Like life, yoga is an ever changing process.  I am striving to keep an ongoing process to grow into a healthier being.  Returning to Steamboat Springs helped me let go of some of the things I have been holding onto.  I feel like I am now at a place where I am learning how to celebrate and appreciate the things I have in life.  As I said yesterday we often forget the little things that can make us so happy.  I have a lot of things that I want to do, or I can look back at all the great things I have done.  The best thing I can do though is live in the moment and love and appreciate what is in front of me.

My laptop I am writing on, my rocking chair I am sitting in, the wind chime I am hearing, and the wind that is blowing.  My dog napping at my feet (he should get triple mention), the garden I just built, the home over my head, the food in my belly, the knowledge of my loving friends and family.  The feeling of peace and tranquility after a yoga class.  This is my reality and this is in front of me and my now.  This is what I need to celebrate.  This is pure and true love.

Today I start to celebrate.