Sunday, November 27, 2016

Ashtanga Yoga With My Friends


For the things we want to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. - Aristotle

Yesterday at 9 a.m. we had ashtanga yoga class at friend's condo. It was a good practice. We did 5A, 5B sun salutations, all standing postures, and sitting postures until navasana, then we moved to closing sequence. We did not do headstand but we did two sequences of strengthening poses. It was 50 min practice.

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 etc. What I don’t tell them is that most of the times daily ashtanga yoga practice makes you feel tired. It is a hard practice. 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 almost always go deeper into a pose, extending your ligaments and muscles further to make the pose more challenging. It is the ultimate practice.

Stretching every day brings benefits to your body and mind, and you don't have to be flexible to show up on the mat. You don’t have to be anything to do ashtanga yoga. It is an amazing workout that will help boost your mood and health.

A recent Norwegian study found that daily yoga practice results in boost of immunity at a cellular level. Yoga helps to boost immunity by simply increasing overall health.

Research shows that migraine sufferers have fewer and become less painful after three months of yoga practice. The cause of migraines isn’t fully understood, but it is suggested that could be a combination of mental stress and physical misalignment that create migraines and other issues.

Studies have found that 12 weeks of yoga can improve sexual desire, arousal, performance, confidence, orgasm and satisfaction for both men and women. Physically, yoga increases blood flow into the genital area, which is important for arousal and erections and strengthens the mula bandha.

Researchers from Harvard found that eight weeks of daily yoga significantly improved sleep quality for people with insomnia. This can be attributed to yoga’s ability to help people deal with stress

Ashtanga yoga is a journey, not competition or expectation of achievement.

The great thing about ashtanga yoga is that we continue to improve through life, and age has nothing to do with ability in yoga. Indeed, practicing ashtanga yoga daily into our senior years is a goal to aspire to as it will keep you fit, confident, strong, flexible, mentally and physically balanced, and self-disciplined.

Ashtanga yoga is great for cleaning your immune system. 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. In my case, when I started seriously to practice ashtanga yoga, drinking a cold bottle of water had caused me a throat inflammation. All that'll be gone in a six months.

Daily practice of ashtanga yoga will take a lot of your free time. You need 90 minutes at least for the practice: 10 minutes to shower before practice, 60 minutes to perform the practice and 20 minutes shower after the practice. You also need to eat fresh fruits after the practice and I clean your mat.

I don't say to my friends these things when I encourage them to start ashtanga yoga. This is something they will discover by themselves once they fell in love with ashtanga yoga. That’s most important.

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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.