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.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Day 328 - Find the time to take care of you

I went to Yin Yoga with Steve Rubin at Orlando Power Yoga.  I felt really relaxed after I left the class.  We held the pigeon posture for 5 minutes on each side today.  I think that there is a connection between doing hip opening postures and feeling a complete high when I leave a yin class.

There are times when we may shift ourselves out of balance.  There are times when we find ourselves only taking care of others and not who we are.  There is the other side of the balance beam where we become selfish and ignore the outside world.  My goal throughout yoga308 has been to find 90 minutes a day where I am focusing on only myself.   I was brought up by wonderful parents who have taught us to be generous and give my time to others.  This type of personality has made me a very happy person.  However I did not spend enough time in my past looking inside and who I am.  This shift of balance made me frustrated and irritable.  For me personally it is important to keep this in check.

Over this last year with yoga308 I was able to make this shift to the other side.  There is a lot that I have done that has made me feel selfish.  Looking back though I realize this was not the case.  The feeling of doing something for myself made me feel as if I was doing something wrong.  The feeling that I should devote my entire life providing for others was stuck in my head.  This thought of providing has always been a lot of my motivation in life.  I never felt really comfortable with other providing for me, but there was also the urge there to have someone take care of me.

After 328 days of yoga I still feel wonderful giving and providing for others, but I have learned to appreciate the excellent times where I do take care of myself.  The days where I shut off the world and go do what I want to do.  I still do not expect the world to take care of me, and go out to experience the world with an open heart.