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, April 3, 2013

Day 241 or is it Day 242?


Good morning from Tokyo or is it night?  My time is really switched around today.  I was trying to figure out if I somehow missed posting a blog because it is actually morning on the 4th while Orlando is in the evening on the 3rd.  How did I miss a day?  I am pretty sure I am still on task and it will all even itself out when I return.

I was awake at 5:00 this morning.  Still think there is no fighting connection between your body and your mind?  When you come out here your mind says that it wants to sleep, but your body is so used to it's cycle that it refuses to sleep.  My body and mind are fighting right now.  I will let them while I write this blog :)

I was thinking about how to tell everyone about the flight here to Tokyo.  It really all comes down to my story or my words.  I think everyone should try to make it out here sometime in their life so I always sugar coat it.  I often think about how other's would tell the story of  24 hours of travel.  I would here things like "Oh my god the line was so long at customs."  "The plan got really shaky at times."  "It was soooooo long."  You can really feel the tired people on the plane and train.  Here is the story I am going with.  "It was a long trip, but I am so glad I am here."

I am glad to be back in Japan.  The travel may be long, but it is so cool here.  There is such a wild crazy movement here.  For one I cannot understand anyone, and I love to try to communicate with people here.  Everyone is very friendly, but also shy to speak any English.  When they talk to me though there is a big smile on everyone's face.  I love how little in-depth I talk to people.  Just buying a train ticket and where to catch the train can be a big challenge.  I wonder what would happen if I ask them the meaning of life.  When I was roaming the city looking for the hotel I asked an old man directions.  He pulled out a map.  We both squattedted down and he grunted some words I didn't understand, and I grunted some words he didn't understand, but he directed me to the hotel.

There are so many differences amongst us as people.  I find it strange that the people who can speak the same language often cannot communicate with each other.  I put so much time in my own thoughts, beliefs, and ideas yet I often shut down while communicating for the sake of other people.  It is simple evidence on how I can make myself so frustrated.  When the day consists 24 hours of only me getting from point A to point B, eating, and sleeping…there is not much more to think about.  If you are a person that worries that shows up on the plane.  "What if we miss our flight?"  "Did I forget something?"  There are no "shoulds" on the plane.  You just have to sit there and wait.  The worriers still find something to worry about.

Last night (this morning) I ventured outside the hotel in Shinjuku and loved the lights and restaurant choices I have.  I am still trying to stick to my diet of no meat, pork, or chicken while I am here, but will forgive myself if these are not followed.  Flying to Thailand tomorrow on Vegan day seems like it is going to be near impossible.  I am going to try to do the best I can.  Last night I went to a little sushi restaurant.   There is so many types of food here, but it is so hard not to eat just sushi when it is this good.

I looked for a yoga studio around town, but ultimately decided my body needed a gentle recovery session from being on the plane all day.  I woke up this morning with an hour session. I was so sore and it was great  to get some of the kinks out of my back from the "airplane seated asana" pose I did for so long. 

I am off for my day in Tokyo!!!!