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.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Day 227 - Guide to happiness

Today I continued with my practice at home.  I have been pushing myself at home the last couple days, and I wanted to take it to the other end of the spectrum.  I wanted to find stillness in my mind.  I wanted to do some gentle yin postures (not the one legged crow in the picture.  that was yesterday).  I wanted to sit in meditation.  It felt great!  I really have felt good doing my practice at home.  It is a chance to ground.

I think we are vuberable as humans.  I see so many people in the yoga community that wants to believe in something so bad.  They want to be guided to the light.  We all have seemed to come to yoga for some reason.  Many of us leave yoga with a new refreshed feeling.  We feel good, happy, and relaxed.  Let's not forget who made us feel this way.  It is ultimatly our own mind, our own body, and our own soul that feels this.

I believe there are great instructors, teacher, and gurus in this world.  The greats are great not because of what they say, but rather what they do.  When I met Dharmi Mittra I was in awe of his presence.  I felt like this was yoga in front of me.  Someone who has been working on his practice for 50 years, and has taught thousands of students.  I respect and admire this man.  He is however human.

In the past I have been burned with looking for someone else for happiness.  There are many ways to externalize our happiness.  We can try to make someone else happy in hopes of this bringing happiness.  We can follow someone, relying that they are the reason for our happiness.  We can tell others how to find happiness, thinking we are indeed happier then everyone else.  Happiness is not found in or through someone else.  It is only found within your own heart.  This is where we need to start.

Being in the presence of someone else might make you happy, but once that person leaves where does that happiness go?  If we rely on our instructor or our teacher to find our happiness what happens when he / she is not there.  If we are an instructor or guru who builds our happiness around guiding others toward their happiness we are also fooling ourselves.  Happiness is shared with others, filled with others, but not dependent on others.

I thank all my instructors, guides, and guru's in this world.  They are just that.  They are not my happiness.  I am my happiness.

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