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.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Day 353 - Flow with it and accept that I push myself

I took a hot yoga class this morning with Greg Duke at Orlando Power Yoga.

I was talking to Marianne yesterday about pushing myself in yoga.  We all have different personalities and different things to learn when we step on the mat.  I grew up as a football player where we were taught to push ourselves to the limit and give 110% at all times.  This determination stuck with me throughout my life.   I have found acceptance that I push myself, but I have also found this other acceptance that it's OK not to push myself.  I know I have mentioned this a few time throughout this year, but it is an ongoing lesson for me.

During class we are often given instructions to push it to the limit.  Hold the posture longer, go deeper, or breath through it.  I have always felt like the quote above is a dream of mine.  Just flow with it.  I am much more on the push it to the limit side of things.  What about the other side of things.  What if I just gave up.  What if I just got up in the middle of class and walked out.  What if I only did 307 days in yoga 308?  Would I be pushing myself to the other side?  Would I be ignoring who I am?

Flowing with it is not a dream.  Accepting my self pushiness is part of flowing with it.  I can make steps towards being less pushy, but overall I need to keep accepting my current personality.