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, June 9, 2013

Day 309 - The uncomfortable or comfortable ways to connect my mind, body, and soul

During Missy's workshop yesterday she brought up a point about focus.  She was saying that the inversions that she does keeps her mind focused.   I agree with Missy that when we push ourselves to our limit and do things that scare us we have nothing left to focus on but that posture.  If I am up in a handstand I typically do not sit and think about what I am eating for dinner or what I am going to do after yoga.  It is focused on trying to keep myself up in a handstand.

There are so many different types of yoga, just like there are so many types of mind sets.  My mindset is really busy.  It has a hard time to settle down.  Series yoga like Ashtanga keep my body constantly flowing and my mind pretty centered.  During the 90 minutes of Ashtanga I do not have much time to think about external things because I am constantly flowing into the next posture. 

Other people might find it easier to shut off their mind when they sit and meditate.  There are definite times when I can do this.  Sitting and meditating is much harder for me to sit and focus.  When there are only 24 hours in our day I have to choose which way is best for me to try to connect my mind, body, and soul.  I have to choose my path in hopes to connect all of these.

Ashtanga might be my answer and my comfort level.  However, I feel like I am growing through Ashtanga.  There is definitely a personality trait that seems to come with people that practice Ashtanga.  Most of us probably follow the same pattern of having to busy ourselves to keep our mind focused.

Maybe my main focus should always be focusing on the things that make me uncomfortable.  I will never be growing if I stay in my comfort zone.  There are times that I need to think outside the box.  I need to focus more on why I cannot still my mind as easily while I am sitting still.