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.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Day 229 - Bikram Day 2 - Bleh

OK so I officially hate Bikram yoga.  I know hate is such a strong word.  I tried to go into it with an open mind.  I tried to find the positive things in it, but I went back to it today, and it REALLY is not for me.  I really did like the yoga instructor and thought she was nice, but most of everything else I just do not like.  I am pretty much OK with that.  I was thinking that if I had to do only Bikram 6 days a week I would turn into a very evil person.  It is honestly a bit torcherous for me.  I am still going to go to the class a few more times to see if I am missing something, but today I am not a fan.

I have found that the owner of the yoga studios give it the overall light and luster.  Bikram has such a tight grip on all these studios that it comes across very militant.  There is no room for flexibility in the system, and I thought one of the main points of yoga is to become more flexible in the body, mind, and spirit.  Bikram make me feel like I am joining a cult.  That if I was to think outside the box I would be shot. 

Some people need to have this much structure in their lives, but today it is not for me.  I am a person who has always colored outside the lines.  I do like the structured classes like Ashtanga or Dharma, but these have a lighter side to them.  They make more sense to me, and I gravitate more to them.

There is a part of me that feels like I should keep trying Bikram.  That maybe I am missing something.  The bigger part of my life lately is saying "there are no should's, just feelings."  My feeling is to diversify my yoga practice.  Learn from each place I go.

So I am using Bikram as a learning teacher.  Today it has taught me that I do not have to find the joy in everything in this life.  There are somethings that I will not enjoy.  I can still do Bikram yoga, I just choose to spend my time somewhere else.