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 23, 2013

Day 261 - Yin and Yang Balance

Today I went to the Dharma Level 2 class at Orlando Power Yoga.  It is a nice break from the Ashtanga that I have been diving deep into over the last 3 weeks.

The issue of pushing myself versus easing into a posture is surfacing back into my head today.  There are several types of yoga, and several different types of teachings.  If I was to choose to do a Mysore Ashtanga yoga class 6 days a week I would be pushed to my limit everyday.  In Mysore, I am actually being adjusted into a position deeper then my body is ready for.  If I was to do a gentle Yin yoga class 6 days a week I am settling and allowing my body to slowly fall into the pose.  They are two different theories, and two different approaches towards achieving the same goal.

I think a lot of us (me included) believe that pushing myself to the limit is the best way to work out the physical body.  I need that sore feeling in order to feel accomplished.  That if I continue to push myself to my limit I am moving in a forward direction.

After being in Thailand and practicing Mysore yoga for the last 2 weeks my body feels great, and I feel as if I have been moving deeper into my practice then I have before.  My concern though is I am not being gentle enough to my body and it will lead to injury in the future.  If I was to only do Yin yoga I do not feel as if I am pushing my body to the limit.  I am not finding that limit where I can find my breath and breathe through the posture.

Luckily in life there is the concept of the Yin and the Yang.  The belief shows that both these are needed in order to bring about a good balance in my life.  The Yang (Ashtanga)  keeps me motivated and moving forward, but the Yin Yoga practice grounds me and relaxes my mind.  The Ashtanga (Yang) is very draining on my body, while the Yin restores my body.  I am going to work on keeping this balance in my practice.

I found myself a bit irritated today.  Marianne suggested that it might be the fact I did not drink coffee today.  I am subsituting coffee with tea for the next month in hopes to rid myself of my coffee / caffeine addiction.  I am allowing 2 days a week to drink coffee.  I will keep you posted.  I still have been doing really good on the no meat or chicken diet.  Only had beef once in the last two months.

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