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.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Day 246 - Minor Adjustments

I am on day 3 here at Samahita yoga resort here in Thailand.  I have gotten over the jet lag and got a good 8 hours of sleep last night.  I woke up again for the 7:30 meditation class, followed by the 8:00 Mysore class.  Mysore yoga is the type of Ashtanga yoga where you go into the class, lay down your mat and go through the Ashtanga primary series on your own.  You have to know all the postures as it is not led by the instructor.  Instead the instructor walks around and makes proper adjustments to the students postures.  My class only had 1 other person in it, so the instructor was able to spend a lot of time with me.  FYI there is a led class available to help learn the Ashtanga primary series.

I feel like I learned so much in only 2 days.  I now know a better path on where I need to take my practice to get deeper into the postures.  I was really excited as the instructor put me in a couple postures I have never been able to get in to before.  I also was taught a lot of  little adjustments that actually made real sense on why I was not going deeper into certain postures.  These minor adjustments help out so much.  For instance, I know I still clinch my butt in a lot of postures.  I was actually shown (on me) how when I release my butt my lower back opens up, and I am able to start to go deeper into certain postures like back bending. 

These minor adjustments will take a long time to change.  I have to correct not only the technique I have been doing throughout my practice, but also the everyday living I put my body through.  Think how bad something like snowboarding is for yoga.  There is no balance,  all the strength is put into one leg,  and the shock to the system is immense.  These daily routines, even how we sit, walk, or eat will effect my yoga practice. 

After practice I ventured off down the beach and to a small Budhist temple.  I then walked up the road to a big Buddha stature overlooking the sea.  It was really cool experience as the whole park was pretty much empty except for me and the Buddha statues. 

I returned back for the 5:00 restorative class.  These gentle yoga postures helped to relieve some of the soreness from being tied into a pretzel in the morning Mysore class.

It is crazy that after 3 days I  am still meeting people from this very large group.  There are more people that have been coming and going.  Everyone of course is very relaxed and enjoying the weather, yoga, massages, and atmosphere.