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.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Day 313 - Do not try to cover your negative emotions

Today I went to Orlando Power Yoga for a hot yoga class with Janelle Pochintesta.  Janelle has such a high impact and challenging class yet keeps me determined and relaxed at the same time.

Day two in my raw diet has honestly made me a little less motivated to do other things.  I do not think I am weaker, I just feel a little more stubborn.  It is probably because I gave up something and felt justified that I could be lazy in another way.  I do feel a little bit different.  I am not sure exactly how I feel, and cannot put it into exact words.  I will wait and see how I feel tomorrow, and maybe be able to talk about it a little more.

A lot of instructors push to put positive thoughts into our minds.  Breathe in the positive / Breathe out the negative.  I started to think a little more about this today.  I have always tried my best to think positively in this world.  Find something positive in every moment.

Today I was looking at this positive way of thinking as a cover.  We all want to feel love, joy, and happiness.  If it was up to us we would feel these "positive" emotions all the time.  This is not how the world is.  The world is filled with pain, suffering, and hurt.  We all want to minimize this "negative" part of our life.  We are scared and fear living in a world without our positive emotions.

When I am in yoga and breathing I allow any emotion to come up.  If anger comes up I do not try to tell myself to stop and think of something positive.   I allow that emotion to move through me.  If my postures are indeed releasing locked emotions inside my body,  the last thing I should try to do is cover it up with "positive" emotions.   If I am feeling this "negative" emotion it is my actual present emotion.  I should not force other emotions into my mind.

I try to surround myself with things that bring more positivity in my life.  I do not try to put out negativity into this world, and try to bring positivity to others lives.  However, I have to accept that my life will be filled with both positive and negative emotions.  I choose not to ignore any of these emotions, but rather embrace them and let them move through my mind, body, and soul.  Yoga is a great avenue to sit and start to connect with these emotions.