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 30, 2013

Day 360 - Changing the short shallow inhale breath

Slight difference in the triangle pose.  I really do like that my shoulders and chest have opened more.

I am at 360 days!!! This is very exciting to me.  I took a hot yoga class with Greg Duke at Orlando Power Yoga this morning.  This was another class where I suddenly felt muscles I never knew I had before.

I am in midst of 30 days of my Vegan raw diet.  I remember this for last time I did this diet, but I feel lighter.  That is the best description I can give for my current feeling.  You know how you feel heavy after you eat a pizza or cheeseburger?  Well this is the opposite feeling, but after about the third day I feel even lighter.

Today during class I was concentrating a lot on my breath.  I have been told several times to relax on my exhale.  I was noticing I was doing this today during my practice.  My inhale is much quicker and shorter then my exhale.  It seems that my exhale is also more powerful and almost expressive.

We all know that a sigh is a way we release our stress.  Have I been releasing my stress through this type of breathing practice?  What am I missing by not inhaling the same manner?  It would make sense that if we are exhaling negative stress and energy the inhale must be bringing in this stress.  What happens when we see something shocking?  We first inhale or gasp with a sense of surprise or shock.

Is my short shallow inhale just telling me that I cannot take in any more?  What happens when I get to a point where I want to take on more?  Does my breath automatically change, or do I need to teach my breath that I want to take on more?  Since I feel like I have been at a point to take on more, I am going to make a point during my practice to take in deeper and longer breaths then I am used to.  I wonder where this will lead me.