The practice of ashtanga yoga

Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Pattabhi Jois has a very practical approach. This makes it very effective for the human mind. It only works though if it is practiced correctly.  Some say that this practice is very rigid and repetitive which makes it hard to stick to. This is a matter of perception. I find it not rigid but simple. It tells me exactly what to do, how to breathe, were to look, what to listen to so that my thought producing disposition is arrested. It forces me to be focussed, to be present. Of course it is repetitive. It is a spiritual practice like the repeating of mantras, Pranayama or meditation. If you confuse it with sport or a hobby, it will seem rigid, repetitive and boring.

 

Doing the same movement, breathing, looking place etc. everyday is a great tool to quieten and bring under control the thinking mind. If we stick to it and can surrender to the repetition and let go of the desire to be entertained, we can in time still our thought stream. Then we can have access to the true intelligence of our being. The constant chitter chatter in our head is not it. 

 

Ironically the practice of this method is often changed to make it more entertaining. If we carry on entertaining our thinking mind it will absorb all our attention. This is defying the purpose of Yoga. The movements in this practice must be carried out in harmony with the breath, bandhas and drishtis. If a posture is difficult, don’t go into it so deeply or stop at the one beforehand. The practice becomes rigid and tense when you have to use all sorts of tools to do an asana perfectly or at all. If you set yourself goals to perform advanced asanas at all costs, you’ll be taking your attention to a future point in time where you might be able to do the asana. You won’t be present. It is not yoga. Your life won’t change with the possibility to do a handstand in the future, it will change with peace of mind now. 

 

 

“The state of mind that is steady in flow, is the source of happiness; it is but peace. He whose mind is steady, finds all success at his door. We with a scattered mind must find the path of yoga, our only door.”

 

—Sri T. Krishnamacharya

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Comments: 7
  • #1

    Jnanananda (Sunday, 10 June 2018 20:24)

    Inspirational! Few human beings have the discipline you what you do. You are being TRUE to yoga. I have just one word to describe how I feel after reading your blog: RESPECT.

  • #2

    Doug (Tuesday, 25 September 2018 05:32)

    You show discipline, something I am sometimes short of. You show physical fitness, something I need. You show radiant, sensual beauty, something I admire. You show self awareness and self love, some we all should strive for

  • #3

    timothy schlotter (Monday, 01 October 2018 20:42)

    I wish I were young enough to try what you do. Do not let anyone stop you, you are truly enlightened.

  • #4

    Wouldhave (Sunday, 25 November 2018 06:35)

    Regarding the yoga porn, I think that 20,000 people would like to see a link to a site where they can pay $99 to see this series with no clothing in 4k. That's $1,980,000 for you, probably more than you are making off Youtube. Ok. It's not 'porn'. There is no touching. 2nd. Do the world a favor a be the first to show what a perfect woman looks like. With someone like you, showing what a body can do better than any sculpture, it would be a first. Sure, you'll get some people sending you hate mail, but darn it, and the end of the day, if they did the work you've done, they'd be able to show off too. You"ve done the work. They haven't. They can't do what you do. And they are jealous. Certainly, you would have to fend of creepos who try to find you, but that's probably happened already. Just take precautions. But seriously, I don't think it will be a major problem. Most likely they will stay at home. But seriously, you would be quite unique out there, you'd probably break the internet, and then you decide what to do from there. Why not? We all come and go. Why not? Let me impart a story to you. A very, very close person to me is an extraordinarily brilliant and beautiful woman. Gorgeous face, hair, stunning body and long legs. Not dissimilar at all to you. She was always very conservative with what she explored about her body in life. Later in her life, she was hit, through no fault of her own, by a piece of very large equipment that was neglected and fell on her, and is now triplegic. She can only move her right arm. She has to scoot around in a mechanical chair. She can do nothing for herself and relies on aides who have to do everything for her, 24/7... and I don't know if you know about triplegics who have zero control of their body, this means EVERYTHING. She has no control or sensation of her bladder or intestines. She can feel nothing from the top of her ribcage down. Nothing. It's all gone. No sex. No walking. No simply getting up by herself in the morning. Someone has to toilet her. She has to be lifted out of bed in a crane. The injury happened in a second, bringing her as close as you can be to death. I've known her for 27 years, and all she can think now, as she she recuperates (although this is a life-sentence for her) is...
    "Why didn't I just go for it and try this, and try that? Why didn't I take a chance? Or explore? Now everything is taken away from me. I will never have a chance again."
    Go for it.

  • #5

    David Beech (Sunday, 02 December 2018 01:59)

    I have tremendous respect for your achievement. Thank you for being so inspirational.

  • #6

    Larry Wetzler (Monday, 03 December 2018 04:44)

    Well, yoga porn? That's a new one for me. I've been on Fire and Rescue team, worked many years in hospitals, divorced and have raised two kids, I'm still going to have to look that one up. lol lol Don't worry about it. It's their way of criticizing you and trying to make you as unhappy as they are. You're beautiful and happy at doing yoga. It shows in you're great smile. I think you have as perfect a body as I have ever seen. Nudies? Go for it. The ones I have seen are in good taste and quite complimentary to you. Have fun.

  • #7

    Louie (Saturday, 09 February 2019 03:16)

    A yoga beginner but really inspired by this to continue.