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.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

On to Giving

Hello everyone.  It has been 2 weeks since I have ended yoga308.  I am still doing yoga 6 days a week, and feel different now that I do not blog everyday.   There is never the question of "what should I blog about today."  There is just yoga.  This allows me to focus more on myself.  The first day I did not blog I felt anxiety.  I did not have that outlet, and still felt as if I was supposed to do something with the blog.  I quickly got over this and put my focus onto something that I feel that is much more important to communicate to the world.

I am happy to say that I have moved on to my next project, and can now present it to you.  Give365days.com is a mission I am on to spread the word of giving.  I hope you will continue to follow me on this new mission as I dive in deeper into ways that we can give to the world. 


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Day 365 - One year of yoga

Today was my 308th day of yoga.  I am happy to say that I accomplished my goal of doing 308 days of yoga this year and blogged each day about it.  I finished my year up with a hot yoga class with Steve Rubin at Orlando Power Yoga.

I have been trying my best to figure out a way to sum up everything that I have learned over the last 365 days.  The truth is everyday is a learning experience.  Life is an ongoing process of learning.  It never stops.  Tomorrow is day 366 of yoga308.  Life is an evolving process.  I am actually on day 13,839 of my yoga and life experience.  From my very first inhale to where I am today.  I am still breathing throughout all of this life.  I am breathing through the good and through the bad.  When it comes down to it, life is one big inhale and one big exhale with little ones in between.

Yoga 308 has given me an avenue to connect with myself.  I have just begun the process of understanding the connection of my body, mind, and soul.  It really is a daily process (thus we need to practice it daily).

I really do love what yoga has brought to my life.   I did not become an enlightened being from this experience.   I do think this is the right path towards self discovery and maybe ultimately enlightenment, but this was not my intent to do 308 days of yoga.  I was out to redefine and find the new person who I have become.  Instead, Yoga 308 has helped me realize and connect to the person I have always been.  Somewhere along the line of life I had forgotten who I was.  Maybe I thought I was supposed to be someone else?  I have found a better understanding of myself and how I connect with the world around me.  This reconnection with the world has opened up a new life filled with opportunities.

The path of yoga has led me to a clearer mind, better and healthier choices, a new and healthier diet, a lot of good people, and a lot of goodness back into my heart.

So now what?  I enjoyed everything that has come out of this, and want to continue on.  I have a new challenge I have presented to myself, and am going to take the week off to help prepare it.  I will give you a hint.  It has to do with giving.  I am still going to do yoga 6 days a week, but am not going to be as demanding to do a blog every day.  If I miss a day or two of yoga I am going to be OK with it.  I do like to blog, but do not want to force thoughts that are not there.

Thank you for every one who has read through my journey this year.  I hope you have enjoyed it.  To me this is the beginning so I hope you stick around and read the journeys to come.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Day 364 - Do not justify an unhelathy life to keep an unhelahty life.

So weird to think there is only one more day left.  Saturday is my day off.  It is traditionally taken off by Ashtanga practitioners.  Ashtanga is still what I would call my favorite practice, but I have only been practicing it once a week.  When I first started yoga308 I did Ashtanga 3 times a week.  Part of this experience I wanted to try new things.  If I look at my weekly routine now there is a great mix in it.  Maybe this is just my shift in personalty.  I enjoy a wide range of things in my life.

I enjoy the meditation and rhythm I get into in my Ashtanga classes at Full Circle.  I enjoy the feeling of a giant community and the energy in the hot classes at Orlando Power yoga.  I enjoy the intense relaxed and zen feeling after a Kristen Schneider yin yoga class.  I also enjoy some personal me time with my home practice.  I feel very balanced with my yoga practice.  I also am looking forward to exploring new studios and new instructors in my future.  There is so much to learn.

I really do believe that people justify their unhealthy life to continue to live an unhealthy life. Life is so much about balance.  Your life may be in the dumps, the lowest point of your life, nothing but negative things happening, no hope, no exercising, you don't have a good job, lonely, not eating healthy, life might be in the complete crap hole.  All of these are what keep you on the negative side of life.  It is up to you to decide to make the shift.  All you have to do is start and be honest.  Choose one avenue, and go for it.  Look into how you can improve this avenue.  Eat healthy, start exercising, find a new job, or find something new.  This minor shift will be the start to your happiness.  It really is that simple.  Find that one happy thing to focus on.  Keep that focus and discipline, and more healthy and happy things will come to you.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Day 363 - Love what is in our lives

Today I did yin yoga with Kristen Schneider at Full Circle Yoga.  I am really feeling good these days.  I feel like I am eating healthy (probably too healthy) and that I am exercising in a healthy way (probably too healthy).  I really am enjoying the 30 day raw challenge I am doing.  It really does allow me to be more grateful for the little things in life.  It is not about the things we don't have in life, but rather it's about what we have in our life.  I am loving what I have in my life.

Things seem very much in line lately.  I feel like things are flowing again.

Today has been really busy.  I have been running around trying to get a lot done.  The raw diet takes a long time to prepare food. There is never a day to just order delivery.  I really needed to go to the store, learn new recipes, and then prepare my food.  It all takes a lot of time.  When I want to do all of this on top of work, yoga, blog, and have a good Friday night out, well I run out of time pretty fast.  I need to go and prepare my dinner.  I am leaving you with this video blog.  Again if you are on email you will probably need to go to the actual site to see this.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Day 362 - Literally, Fall on your face.

Some days you literally fall flat on your face.  The only way you progress forward is to try.  I think I have this thought pretty much down.   I am not ashamed of falling on my face as long as I try something.  I am also not ashamed of showing the world that yes I fell on my face.  You are never an idiot for attempting to do something.  There are people that might live for the days that you fail.  I would rather be the person who attempts things rather then the person who sits around and makes fun of people that fail at things.

This morning I went to Orlando Power Yoga and took a hot yoga class with Janelle Pochintesta.  I tried to take it a little easier today and focused a lot on my breath.  I was talking a few days ago about how I have a shallow and short inhale breath.  I was concentrating on making my inhale bigger and longer.  I wanted to make it bigger and longer then my exhale to see what happens.

Someone asked me today what I have learned from this entire experience.  I started to think about all the lessons I have learned.  I told them to read my last 361 blogs.  I feel like I learn (and relearn) so many lessons through yoga.  It was a hard question to sum up.  I realize I need to come up with a good answer to all of this.  Good thing I have a blog :)  I need to go think more about this summary.