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.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Day 308 of Blogging (not actually practicing yoga)

Hello from Miami beach.  I realized this a while back.  When I started to blog I started numbering the days, but continued to blog even on the days I was not doing yoga.  So technically this is my 308th day of blogging.  I still have about 60 more days before I do 308 yoga classes in a year.

Today I went to a Missy White inversions workshop.  This was the second time taking this workshop, but it is so good.  It teaches you a lot of different balancing postures as well as headstands, handstands, ect.  I enjoyed seeing how far I have come over the last couple of months since the last Missy White inversions workshop I did.

As I was in the workshop a memory popped in my head.  I honestly do not remember what the memory was, but it got me thinking of all the thoughts and memories that move through my head throughout my day.  Where do these memories and thoughts come from.  Some are crazy.  Today I was remined of a highway exit that I drove on in Texas last March.  There was nothing special about this road or exit, but still it popped in my head.  Why?  Was this memory somehow triggered from some other memory?  Today I was driving on a highway, but why would I choose to pull out a memory from that particular highway in Texas?  Again, nothing happened on the road, I was just driving. 

I started to think about the stored emotions I have in my body and how these are connected with my memories.  If I had an bad experience maybe it made me angry and so I locked it away for another day.  When I somehow triggered this memory (which I never dealt with) my emotions once again become angry.  I may be doing something completley different, but this stored emotion of anger shifts my mood and my current situation becomes angry.  If I do not face the old anger or the new anger I can store these again, until another day where one of these memories are triggered again.

It is more and more clear to me how important it is to deal with your emotions as they come up.  We all fear the negative emotions like anger, sadness, or loneliness.  We may mask these emotions through our crutches like alcohol, drugs, work, kids, exercise, ect.  We may never sit and let the feeling go through us.  All of our emotions are just that.  They are only "emotions."  We should not fear any of these emotions happy or sad.  We all wish for the "good" emotions, but become be uncomfortable with the "bad" emotions.  If we embrace the fact that we are human and allow all of these emotions to come up they will also come out.  Then when these memories surface, you can hadle the emotions that are attached and not let them effect who you are in the present.  You will be able to say things like, "I remember that, I was really sad."  It is all part of who we all are.

I am off to South Beach.