Saturday, April 20, 2019

Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series with Sharat's DVD

Saturday, April 20, 2019. the rainy but not so cold morning here in Toronto. It is 10:30 a.m. I had a great 8 hours sleep last night, I am relaxed and rested and just about to start half primary series Ashtanga yoga practice. I will follow Sharath's counts...

It's easy to practice yoga when I'm happy when everything around feels right when I feel love, support, appreciation. I jump out of bed and run to the mat, simply move through sun salutations with excitement and a feeling of happiness.

Today's practice is the 5th in a row. I have a strength, flexibility, and endurance. I am planning to do everyday yoga next month.

I have realized that my worries don't matter at all, so let's have fun and do yoga. But fun is not what comes to mind when you mention Ashtanga yoga. Anyone who’s done this practice knows that heart starts pumping after completing just the sun salutations at the beginning of the practice and that itself is quite challenging. And anyone who’s ever gone all the way through the primary series understands what effort and strength are all about.

I always try to remind myself that my practice is not about how hard I work, but how effortlessly I do it. It’s not about flexibility, but about subtleties of correct breathing, keeping mulla bandha and saving energy.

Most people do not like this practice. It is the repetition of the same postures that makes it so unpopular. Chaturanga and upward dog are after each side of every single sitting asana. It is hard and it requires a great strength and concentration. People want varieties, freedom of the movement, music, heat etc...

It's extremely melancholy to realize that nothing has any meaning, that life is essentially meaningless. Including the yoga practice.

It's very disillusioning to get that no matter what I might accomplish, it disappears like smoke in the air; that no matter what work I might attempt to perform, it's all insignificant in the end. If not today, then tomorrow. If not tomorrow then in a year or so...

I really get this but I realized one more thing, because life has no meaning, because nothing really matters at all and everything is purposeless, then my worries and stress don't really matter either. So let's do yoga now.

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