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, July 25, 2013

Day 356 - Shifting from unhealthy to healthy

Today I went to a Yin Yoga class with Steve Rubin at Orlando Power Yoga.

I was talking yesterday on how I have made a giant leap from where I was 10 years ago.  10 years ago I am sure I was at one of my favorite bars in West Palm Beach.  I know I would have probably been a little bit stoned and sipping on a Margarita.  I would be eating a cheeseburger and fries or a slice of pizza.  I would meet up with my friends and head down to the clubs to drink a white russian followed by a few more beers.  This was my typical Friday night.  I did get exercise walking to downtown so I did not have to worry about driving home, but that was pretty much my exercise.  I was hiding from the REAL Danny

I remember my main thoughts were where I was going to go drink and party.  My justifications would be based on whether or not I was going to drink one more drink.  "If I only have 2 or 3 I am being healthy."  "I used to drink 10 in college and go out way more so I am being healther then I was back in college."  "The guy next to me is wasted so I am not like him, I can have one more drink."  The thing I realize now is how unhealthy all of that scene is in sooooo many ways.  I am not sure what I ever thought I was trying to accomplish.

Flip it around 10 years later and my addiction has shift towards the healthy path.  No drinking, no smoking, no drugs, no meat, no chicken, now no processed chemicals are entering my body.  I am still the same person, but I do not drink Pepsi, eat chips, do cocaine, or sip on a beer.  What changed?

I used to drink 3-4 Pepsi's a day.  Then one day I said "I am not going to drink Pepsi anymore."  Then I stopped for awhile and started to drink it again.  Just 1 a day, then 2, then back to 3-4.  Then one day I said "I am not going to drink Pepsi anymore."  This time I just stopped cold turkey.  This time it worked.  I decided I did not want that unhealthy thing in my life anymore.  It is something that I know in my heart is not healthy for me.  This was the beginning of quitting an unhealthy lifestyle.

There is a time frame in all of our lives.  Some people need to make dramatic shifts right away to move towards a healthy lifestyle or their time frame will become that much shorter.  Everyone including me has some great excuses on why we do things that are unhealthy, but that's all they are, excuses.  Stop the excuses on why you should maintain an unhealthy lifestyle, stop saying "I live a pretty healthy lifestyle" and look at ways that you can improve your life and shift towards a HEALTHY lifestyle.

We are all human, and we all have our faults.  Accept this and stay honest with who you are and who you want to become.  Start to shift towards an EVEN MORE healthy person today.