Saturday, October 17, 2009

Can an Ashtanga yoga practice be soft?


Can an Ashtanga yoga practice be soft, even relaxing from the beginning on? It can.

It is possible to do only a few surya namaskara As.
It is possible to practice slowly with breaks, if necessary.
It is possible to omit asanas.
It is possible to omit vinyasas between the sides.

Doing this it can be a relaxing practice. Ha, I consider already to practice. Soft, very soft, I want to move my body...........

4 comments:

Grimmly said...

yes, yes and again YES. We get so wrapped up with the idea that there is only one way to practice Ashtanga. Learn the official way first perhaps but then make it your own. Shouldn't you be able to go to a Mysore SELF practice class and practice your own modified Ashtanga? Ok I know that makes it more challenging for the teacher perhaps .......

Ursula said...

Smile. We are the ones who practice in our own 4 walls most of the time. We know how to improvise. Free jazz.

It will be a soft practice today, but I will be on my mat.....:)

I knew that you would agree with my post.

Anna said...

Yes, ursula, my yoga teacher used to call the yoga she did at home by herself without any rules or formality, "yoga by stealth". Such a good description and I know oyu do it (like when you do bits while watching tv, for example.)
I love yoga by stealth - it's a free form!

Ursula said...

I did rather much today, but with care and attentiveness.

I know, I know, one can have soft practices......