Ashtanga yoga is a journey into yourself.
What is the point of intensive, repetitive, strenuous yoga? Is it to be able to wrap myself up in knots and manage crazy handstands? Or is it to show up on my mat day after day no matter what’s going on (with all the emotions and inner/outer challenges that that brings). For me, it’s definitely the second and that is where I am learning the most out of this powerful age-old tradition.
I won’t go into the specifics of this wonderful technique, there are plenty of sources already out there on this topic and I’ll include links to a couple below for anyone curious. But my yoga practice involves me getting on my mat, alone, 6 mornings a week (bar new/full moon days and the first 3 days of menstruation) and practicing the same set sequence of postures (many of which are freakin’ hard man!) every single day.
Because it is so powerful and beautiful, it’s becoming an anchor to me in my life and I would like to share my experiences and lessons learned for others to perhaps become inspired to begin/continue their journey into Ashtanga – especially those budding practitioners like myself who may wish to be more consistent and disciplined but haven’t yet found their way to a regular practice.
Join me on the journey of Ashtanga. It’s tough, it’s painful, it’s sometimes scary and to be true, it can occasionally make you feel like you’ve just survived a train wreck… but I’m certain and utterly sure, that it is worth every second of all of the above, for the inner calm, strength and faith in yourself that will grow out of sincere, consistent practice.
As they say in India – Om Shanti Shanti. Peace and blessings!
The source itself! The website for the original institute of this style of yoga, founded by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India.
a wonderful, dedicated and passionate lady, Gillian Mooney, who for me, is a living, shining example of the transformative power of this practice, teaching regularly in Dublin, Ireland. Her website has plenty of information on Ashtanga.
a blog by a friend of mine with excellent, concise information on what’s involved in this practice as well as her own journey through yoga.