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.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Day 252 - It's not the end result of the pose

It is raining here again in Thailand.  This morning I was back to my yoga routine here at Samahita.  30 minutes of meditation, a Mysore class, and a Restorative class at night. 

The instructors here at Samahita Yoga retreat are excellent.  I have learned a lot from them, and feel like I have the tools to grow over the next few months.  I think it is important to have someone who can guide me, put my postures into proper alignment, and keep me moving in a positive direction.

Rachel Grey has been one of the main instructors working with me here.  I have been working on my gentle side, and she said something today that made me recapture more of this focus.  "Do not worry about the end results of the pose."  At one point I was trying so hard to capture a bind that I stopped breathing. 

There is this nonsense idea that the posture makes the yogi.  That if we are to get to the high levels of yoga postures that we will reach true enlightenment.  I also fall into this trap.  The postures only help.  The breath is where the true answers are at. Some days I fight, push, and demand to get into a certain posture.  Other days I find the gentle rhythm and breathe into the posture.  Some days I am stiff, other days I feel great.  Some postures are not comfortable, while others make me feel strong.  The postures are what test your mind.  They help bring the connection between body, soul, and mind.

Can I stay grounded, breathe, and live in the moment?  Can I continue to move into a forward, positive, and healthy direction without pushing too hard.  Can I leave my ego aside and just accept and be happy that my body is what it is right now?  Can I stop thinking of the past and the future and just live in the moment of the breath and the posture?

If I was to somehow transform my body today and I can suddenly do the highest possible level of yoga am I done?  Do I win?  The truth is there is no end result of the postures.  There is always the next step.  It is like life, a constant struggle to keep a constant balance.  The more we can live in the moment, the more we can breathe through our emotions, the more we can accept who we are, we come closer to peace in the heart.