Saturday, November 24, 2018

I ♡ ASHTANGA YOGA


There is no easy way to say this so let me just say it - Ashtanga Yoga is really hard. The most basic and modified version of this practice is still quite challenging. It takes on average 90 minutes to complete the Full Primary Series.

The longer you practice the more you notice how hard it really is. It is utterly intimidating and defeating endeavour. In any sport by training it you gain strength and you increase the practice just like running or swimming for example... but that doesn't apply for Ashtanga Yoga.


Ashtanga is not a 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 practice makes you feel tired and empty. You are supposed to practice six times a week. And daily practice is tough. And it’s called a "practice" for a reason.

There's no end game in Ashtanga Yoga; 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 Yoga 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.


We 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 Yoga 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 Yoga 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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