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 16, 2013

Day 254 - Last Day at Samahita Yoga Thailand

I feel like I have learned so much here at Samahita Yoga Thailand.  I am grateful for all the teacher that I had on this vacation.  I learned so much from the instructors, fellow students from around the world, taxi drivers, and locals.  Pictures can not express the many philosophical conversations I had along with the jokes, games, and laughing.  It is an amazing feeling here. 

I was wondering what if everyone that I met in Samahita actually lived here.  Would we all be completely different.  Would our relaxed, chill, and curious attitude switch back to our normal every day emotions.  What are the people here like when they get back to the everyday grind? 

Being here allows anyone to drop their everyday personality and be whoever they want.  You in essence can present yourself to anyone here however you wish.  No one knows you here.  I was thinking that I am a happy person deep inside.  I have no need to present myself as anyone except for who I am.  I talk about any aspect of my life, but I also want to hear the many stories from everyone who has come here.  What brought them to yoga?  What brought them this retreat?  What is their home life like?  It is such a learning experience.  It makes me happy.

I dove into Mysore practice pretty deeply here.  I only had one day that I did not partake in a Mysore class.  I feel pretty accomplished in my search for a more accepting and gentle side of my practice.  I discovered how I can still move in a forward and positive direction without pushing myself. 

The yoga retreat was filled with a great mix of people from people trying yoga for the first time to people who have been at this for over 30 years.  It was a great place to work on the ego.  I could easily say I am better then the beginners or worst then the masters, but this is a big part of yoga.  There is no better or worst, there is only me.  I am the one living in this moment.  I am the one that has to accept my body, breath, and mind.  I am the one on my personal journey.  Finding the gentle side means allowing myself to be me in this current moment.

I highly recommend Samahita yoga retreat as a vacation spot.  There has been vacations where I feel like I need a vacation afterwards.  Samahita is a great opportunity to see the world and also take care of yourself.  Yoga is beneficial anywhere in the world.  You can grow in yoga whether you practice in your bedroom or across the world.  If you are looking to get away on a restful vacation, this is a great place to do that while concentrating on your yoga practice.

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