Sunday, October 23, 2016

I ♡ ASHTANGA

The word "Ashtanga" is a modern construct, historian and anthropologists still debate its meaning. 

It is a specific kind of yoga who began as mythology and became flesh in tribal ceremonies of Ashtanga yoga around the globe. Part human, part animal, part divine, part profane - Ashtanga first emerges in cave paintings eighteen thousand years ago (Patanjali's yoga don't appear until nine thousand years later, and South Park many years after that).

Carl Jung believed Ashtanga was a manifestation of the collective unconscious. (Of course, he believed that about everything). Jung said Ashtanga "is a forerunner of the saviour". This Jung's definition fits what anthropologists call a Yoga Hero, an archetype who, through the 99% of practice, develops into God. 

Ashtanga mirrors the eternal desire of our limited mind to explain the Universe. 


I don’t have the answers, about yoga, divorce, dating, losing belly fat or why are women over 40 losing interest for sex... However, I have learned one thing, daily practice of Ashtanga is what counts.

Ashtanga Yoga today is not favorite style of yoga. 

When I tell my friends to start doing Ashtanga yoga, I always say, they'll feel so good! They'll be so relaxed after the practice and they'll lose the weight... What I don’t tell them is that most of the times daily Ashtanga practice makes you feel tired and empty. You are supposed to practice six times a week. And daily practice is hard. And it’s called a "practice" for a reason.

There's no end game in Ashtanga; no big "accomplished day,” nothing specific you’re training for, nothing to achieve. It’s a constant hard work in progress, you can always go deeper into a pose, extending your ligaments and stretching muscles further to make the pose more challenging.

When you start daily practice, you'll feel the wrist pain. Next, you will notice that your immune system is being cleaned. By daily sweat you'll start throwing away toxins from your body. In the first six months of the practice you may be constantly on the verge of sickness.

Ashtanga is not about strength so much as it is about keeping attention on breath. It is a kind of a moving meditation. Daily practice and endless repetition of the same poses build the strength very slowly. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts.

Ashtangis are working consciously towards awakening. 

Most of us are no longer certain what our "outside" purpose is. What drives the world no longer drives us. Seeing the madness of our world so clearly, we may appear somewhat alienated from the culture around. We stick to our practice and we are no longer run by the ego, yet the awakening has not yet become fully integrated into our lives.

Only what we have is Ashtanga as a product of our will and self-determination. The practice has no reliance on or cooperation with God, teachers, gurus, swamis or any other agent, only authority is our inner self.

Ashtanga does not increase self-esteem, it does not give self-satisfaction or any self-improvement. We have no assurance of reward in this practice. There is only the practice... physical, sweaty and boring and there is no better place for the practice than here and no better time than now.

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About Zee Mark

I am an Ashtanga yoga practitioner from Toronto, Canada. I am writing a blog about awakening, yoga and everyday life. My entire life journey has led me to this very moment in time. I finally arrived to a place where I am okay with the truth that there is no truth.