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, July 31, 2013

Day 361 - Working around the pain

Finally started doing camel pose.  My knee does not give me problems, and I feel good in the pose.

Today I am taking my final day off.  I realized if I do not take my final day off I would do 309 days of yoga.  God forbid I do one day extra or one day less.  I have learned a lot from yoga.  One of the biggest things I have learned is to cut myself some slack.  Some things just take time, and the more you push it the more you will just go in the wrong direction.

Look at the camel pose above.  When I first stared yoga my knee was giving me issues.  Instead of ignoring the pain and getting into the pose I listened to the pain and refused to get into the pose.  Instead I did something that I felt comfortable stretching out my knee.  After about 6 months of doing this I do not feel any pain getting into the camel pose.  I have been doing this pose for about 1 month now.  

I did not work through the pain.  I worked around the pain.  I accepted that I could not get into the pose.  My work in other areas opened my muscles and body up to be more flexible.  These other openings allowed me to eventually allow my knee to open up without pain.  I then felt comfortable getting in this pose.

I have learned that accepting who I am and not pushing myself through life is sometimes a great answer in my life.  It is a hard concept for me to learn, but I like this type of direction I am taking with my life.

I am off to enjoy my day off.