Saturday, February 23, 2013
Ashtanga yoga is not for everybody.
When younger one must try out things, activities, almost everything. Later in life one knows more and more the preferences. It's all about being in harmony with the being one is. If one has found what fits to oneself it's more likely that one is content (to say the least) and it's more likely that one keeps going.
I'm not a group person. To play baseball would be a nightmare for me. Nobody would like me in the group, too, as I'm not tall enough.
Soccer is a smart game with a lot of fun. Yet one can practice it when younger. Most people stop it at a rather young age. And then?
I live in a cold area. Outdoor sports are nothing for me. I know people who run also in the snow. This is not me.
It shall be healthy: Most people who play tennis have sooner or later a tennis arm. Diving and skiing are sports with a high risk to get injured. No, thank you.
Aikido was something for me. Yet my working hours didn't allow me to go to classes. One needs a partner for this activity. One has to go to a class. The hierarchy in the Ashtanga community didn't convince me either.
Are you looking for fun? Ashtanga yoga is work on oneself. It feels good, it's satisfying. But fun? Scarcely.
Why Ashtanga yoga is something for me:
- The whole body and mind is exercised.
- I can also do it alone. I don't have to go to classes.
- I can do it for the rest of my life. There are yogis/yoginis which are in their 90th.
- I'm not a group person, yet rather a lonesome wolf.
- Living in a cold area, outdoor sports are nothing for me. I like to have it warm.
- That the community is international is an extra plus.
- I want to have something that challenges me.
- I love the asanas, I love the goal: peace of mind. In soccer one wants to win. I don't care.
Of course one can switch activities every few years. Then one is always beginner. Being beginner or having beginner's mind is a difference. For me it feels good to be an advanced beginner.
When I want to have something new, I go to a new shop and buy myself a new pullover. Yesterday I've been at Abercrombie & Fitch. What an experience. I'll write about it.
Picture: Part of Aikido is to fight with a wooden sword.
If you want to become a master, find out what fits to you, your personality, your life style, your body and then keep practicing, day in day out, decade after decade.