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, May 21, 2013

Day 290 - Be with the emotions in the now

I am quite sore today here at Molino Del Rey.  Two yoga classes plus hiking yesterday can bring a bit of soreness to the body.  It was good that we had a yoga class this morning to help stretch some of the stiffness out.  It is still rainy and cold here this morning.  It is a perfect day to sit, reflect, and blog about yoga :)

I have started to reach further inside today.  Missy pointed out that I needed to open up my heart and chest area.  If you read my past blogs there are countless times that I have written about the chest being a blocking point for me.  We did some new openings today, which brought up some anger that apparently I have still been holding onto.  It was great to see this anger come up inside of me and just as quickly let it go.  I did not let this anger control my mind.  I did not try to figure out why I was still angry.  I just said I did not need it, and let it go.

When emotions come up. We are the ones that decide to hold on to them or let them go.  If you have a moment that caused discomfort or anger maybe we lock them up because we do not understand them or are not ready to deal with them.  At some point though this emotion will come back up in our mind again.  Maybe the emotion is exactly the same magnitude, but maybe you have changed and grown stronger.  Maybe you are now ready to easily confront this emotion and say goodbye to it.  Maybe you just are not ready to deal with this emotion and you lock it back up to deal with it later.

Just remember each emotion you lock inside yourself will have to come back up sooner or later.  Whether it is happy or sad, joyous or angry, locking these emotions will cause locks from getting to your true self. 

Ask yourself what is aiding you to store these emotions.  Alcohol for instance is a great way to forget about how you currently feel.  It masks your current emotion.  So if you are depressed you can suddenly have this mood swing and cause happiness.  But the "real you" is actually depressed.  You are just storing this for a later time.  Caffeine is also a stimulant.  You can feel tired and lazy, but you store this emotion because you "need" to feel energized and excited.   Even sleeping aids.  You should feel sleepy, but in reality you are wound or can't feel sleepy.  This is often due to stored emotions and other connections like alcohol or caffeine.  You more then likely are not dealing with your current state, thus your stored emotions are coming up when you lay down to try to sleep.  You take the sleep aid to make you feel sleepy.

I have been an emotional storer for sometime.  I feel like I am reversing this process and focusing on just letting my emotions happen as they come up.  Dealing with them in the now causes less to deal with in the future.  I still feel these happy and joyous emotions from my past as well as the sad and angry emotions.  My goal is to live in the now.  One of my big steps will be to let go of all these stored emotions and continue to face the ones that come up in the future.

I think yoga has helped me in both releasing, excepting, and being with my emotions.

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