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.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Day 319 - Chasing the yoga dragon


Today I went to Full Circle yoga for a nice Flow class.

Yesterday was my last day for my week on my raw diet.  Overall it was a good experience.  I did not loose or gain a pound.  I do not feel a bit different, but overall I learned quite a lot about myself.  I feel like I can discipline myself to a point where I can control what I consume into my body.  I learned that I could live this way if I really desired.  I learned that I do want to continue on what I believe is a healthy way to live.  The fact that I went to the healthy side of the extreme makes me happy that I am so far away from the other side of the extreme.  I have really learned a lot and encourage anyone to try to eat raw.  It points and keeps you on a good path.

I was thinking a lot of my addictive personality.  When I say this word everyone immediately thinks of drugs and alcohol.  There is so much more to my addictive personality then drugs and alcohol.  My personality trait still shows up without the drinking.  I go to yoga 6 days a week,  I run marathons,  I travel too much, I blog daily, ect.  My personality trait is still there doing healthy things rather then unhealthy things.

I see a lot of other addicts in this world (it is so much more common then what you think).   They do not pay attention to their behavior.  They are lost in the thing that they are addicted to.  Drugs is the easiest thing to relate to.  People cover up their true emotions by using.  They have a bad day at work so they "cheer" themselves up with a drug.  They have a great day at work so they "celebrate" with a drug (because they cannot celebrate without it).  It becomes justified because they are happy.

I see addicts in yoga doing the a similar thing.   They have a bad day at work, and they go to yoga to find salvation.  They look for yoga as if it will solve all their issues.  Yoga makes you feel good.  I used to feel a similar feeling when I used drugs.  Some people think that they can always stay in this constant good feeling.  I referred to it tonight as "chasing the yoga dragon." 

I see people that use yoga as a cover from their true self.  When they hit the mat they act like something that they are not.  They push down their issues and forget about them as they believe they are this new person.  They become addicted to this mask.

Yoga is a source to bring you to your true self.   You have to go to the mat with the honesty of who you are.  Do not pretend to be someone who you are not.  You are not the calm, enlightened being you pretend to be.  Allow your true feelings and emotions to come up.  Do not fear who you are.  You are a perfect being who is growing.

Stay honest and stay you.