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.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Day 249 - Keep Humble

I am currently writing while the power is out.  A storm blew a tree into a transformer and it blew.  I am not sure when the power will restore, but Thailand is pretty hot without any A/C.   This morning I attended another 7:30 meditation followed by another Mysore class.   Today I did yoga next to a high level yogi.  He was very impressive with his practice.  He was doing the third or fourth series in Ashtanga (crazy legs behind the head stuff).  I felt pretty lucky to be in his presence, but it got me thinking a lot about ego today.

There are so many steps of yoga.  We are all on different paths.  I am excited of the progress that I have made on and off the mat.  I am excited that I will continue to progress in my practice.  Some people may progress really fast through the asanas (postures), while others may take a lifetime to get into the asana.  At what point do you become a "good" yogi?  At what point do you become a "great" yogi.  If this is true are there "bad" yogis?

I have seen some people put levels on the ability to do yoga.  They use where they are in their asanas or their knowledge in yoga to raise themselves into a higher level in yoga.  They create a hierarchy in themselves that allows them to feel more important then another person.  There is no hierarchy in yoga.  There is only personal growth.  There is no better teacher that can teach you this then yourself.

I am finding that I have a good understanding of humbleness in this world.  I probably do have a lot of things I could brag about or use to make myself feel important.  I could tell several accomplishments and make me feel like I am a higher being then the person I am talking to.  I want to find a connection with the people I am talking to.  I want them to know that we are all working on something, we are all growing, and we all have something to learn from one another.

I have had people in my life that use their accomplishments in their life to put themselves above other people.  They tend to command rather then give.  They tend to expect the world should be listening to them rather then them listening to the world.  These type of personalities have hurt me in the past.  When I sense this from someone I typically let them continue to try to command their world while I live in mine.  The good ones have followers and people that listen to their accomplishments and knowledge.  I try to keep the knowledge inside me that they are growing too.

As I continue to work on a gentle heart, I want to stay humble as a yogi.  This is my ultimate goal.  More so then jumping into handstand.  I do not want to create levels.  I want to do yoga for 50 years and still talk to people as if I am a human.  I do not want to reach enlightenment unless it means I can look at every human being on an equal level.