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.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Day 240 - Crammed Spaces

I am pretty sure I am taking my day off today.  Not much of a choice.  It is really difficult to find space for yoga while traveling.  It is even harder then you have to wake up for a 7:30 flight to Chicago followed by a 13 hour flight to Tokyo.  I will have about 20 hours of traveling time today.  I realize in these tight quarters I do not have a lot of space to roll out a mat and start busting out some postures.  I do also realize thought that there is space for breath.  After all this is one of the main focuses in yoga.  So since I have 13 hours to kill, I am going to try to devote one of these hours to breathing and meditation.   I will hold the posture of "airplane seated asana." and focus on my breath.  What a great place to try to find the calmness inside my mind.  It is easy to do in a yoga studio, but what about an airport?

I have done a lot of traveling in my time.  Traveling alone on these long trips make me realize the importance of "what is" versus "what should be."  Airports are filled with negative energy.  Family's who have missed their flights, airplane mishaps, no more pillows, and crammed spaces.  Let's face it there is nothing comfortable about flying.  In all my years of travel I have had my breaking points, but I have also found acceptance. 

This trip to Thailand I want to be looking into my gentler side.  Trying to be gentle on myself.  The travel day is a great place to do this.  Just like an uncomfortable yoga posture, I can go into the trip worrying about sitting in a tube for 13 hours.  Or I can breathe.  Things will get thrown my way.  Delayed flights, canceled flights, getting lost.  How will I handle that?  Comfort is not found on an island in Thailand.  Comfort is found in your heart.  I feel like I can handle the pressure that life throws my way.  I might break, but my breath will bring me right back to my comfort zone.  This is acceptance.

The biggest thing that gets to me is seeing others in pressure situations.  How much it upsets them, how much they become agitated and uncomfortable.  Watching this creates a domino effect.  Their energy is felt around the room.  Think about it, if you do not agree with how they are feeling, then you are probably becoming agitated with how they are behaving.  I feel this from others and I start feeling upset.  I have figured out a great solution to this problem.  Earphones.  Think of the yoga music in your studio and how it brings you to a state.  Try bringing your calming music to the airport.  No one else is there it is just you.  Now how do you feel?

Remember, if you are the one that is getting agitated, and upset over situations you are the one releasing the negative energy onto others.  Also remember, we all break.  Be gentle and forgiving when you do.

I have the personality where I want to fix the situation, but I have gone to accept that these situations in the airport are pretty much out of my control.  If you go to the airport paying high prices and do not expect to have long lines at security, canceled flights, and tired agitated people, don't fly.  Find your island in your heart, then search for it outside your heart.  The world wants to see you, and your loving heart.