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 23, 2013

Day 230 - Make yoga your yoga

I had a plan to go to a yoga studio this morning, but my dog got sick and we needed to go to the vet.  In my life my pup comes before anything.  His visit to the vet went well.  He just has allergies, but he had me scared.  It is a constant reminder to appreciate the good things in life.  My dog has been through so much with me in life.  He was there when I became sober.  He was there when I moved to Steamboat Springs.  He was there when I got married.  He was there when I got divorced.  He has been in 26 different states with me.  He is my love of my life.

I ended up doing yoga at home before taking the pup to the vet.  Today's practice consisted of 15 minutes of a warm up and more stregth poses (handstands, forearm balance, side crow ect.)  I then settled into 15 minutes of meditation where I focused on what I was feeling in my heart.  I then changed it up to another 15 minutes of seated postures and finishing postures (shoulder stand, headstand).  I ended the hour with another 15 minutes of meditation.

I have been picking and choosing things I like from other practices.  I have been using them to experiment with the postures and breath work that feel right for me in that moment.  I started to think about all the different instructors I have had over the last 8 months.  Each is special in their own ways.  Most all of the instructors seem to teach us what they personally have accomplished or are going through.  For instance, if I were an instructor I would probably choose the Ashtanga series to teach.  It is where I have found the most growth and the most peaceful state of mind.  I would love to show everyone how this can be for them too.  In reality my life lacks structure.  It lacks organization, and routine.  This is what I really would be teaching to the world. 

However, yoga is completely different for each individual.

I watch instructors stress dicipline in their practice.  This is how they found their inner peace.  I have seen instructors stressing to be gentle to your body, push your body, become a pretzel, chant, sit in silence, find comfort in discomfort, or smile.  There are so many things that an instructor can push.  The ones they are pushing are probably the same thing they are trying to push inside their own mind.  You can find a connection with your instructor through comfort, understanding, or compassion.  You start to realize that this might be a path to help you become closer with yourself.  The truth is it is their path.  You will need to use their lessons and find your own path.  There are many guides in this world.  Some are good and some seem bad.  Good or bad they are all what got us here today ready to figure out the next steps in our life.

At some point we all need to stop following someone elses path and realize we need to continue on our own.

Thank you to all my teachers, instructors, and guides.  Not just in the yoga community, but with my family, friends, and strangers in the is world.

Go out and thank someone today.