Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Life did not intend to make us perfect

Whoever is perfect belongs in a museum, said Erich Maria Remarque.

Practice #8 for this month is just about to start. Last night I was at MK for beer night. I laughed with with my friends, it was well passed midnight when I returned home. We were in a good mood.

We are like teenagers. Do you believe that we are old exactly as our driver license said? How old I am? We put our ages into fragments and count years but I don't feel I am an old guy.

My dreaming reality is unrolling, I experience, people come in and go out from my life and events are passing by but I don't know who benefits from my experience. Zen teacher will say - why should be any benefit? There is only experience - chop wood , carry water - carry water, chop wood... for the sake of appearances.


I'm closing some chapters of my life and opening new ones, thinking how lucky I am to be here and now at this exact place at this exact time. I have learned nothing in life except the fact that life is continues movement and change.

In the end what matters most is: How well did we live? How well did we love? How well did we  learn to let go? 

It's really sad that I cannot influence others to change their attitude towards life, because a lot of people cannot afford more stress in their lives. I feel their emptiness and yearning for something better, which is so sad. Nothing better will come, enjoy what you have now.

I have a lot of friends and I am thinking to restart ashtanga yoga practice with them, but this COVID-19 time that seems impossible.


We practiced together in 2016 and 2018 and it was a good 50 to 60 minutes practice. We did 5A, 5B sun salutations, all standing postures, and sitting postures until Navasana, then we moved to closing sequence. We also did a sequence of strengthening poses like holding various planks and dolphin pose for a long time and adding a few stomach crunches.

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 them feel tired. It is a hard practice. And it’s called a "practice" for a reason.


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 of our immune system. By daily sweat, we'll start throwing away toxins from our body. In the first six months of the practice, we 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 will go away in six months.


Daily practice of Ashtanga yoga will take a lot of our free time. We need 90 minutes at least for the practice: 10 minutes to prepare, 60 minutes to perform and 20 minutes after the practice. We also need to change our eating habits, ashtanga yoga is practiced on an empty stomach.

Practicing daily will change our way of thinking. I don't say these things to my friends I just encourage them to practice yoga. This is something they will discover by themselves once they fall in love with Ashtanga yoga. And that’s all that matters.


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