Saturday, December 04, 2010
Two recommendations for the first Ashtanga years
My poll that was up lately told me that many readers of my blog practice up to 5 years Ashtanga yoga. I practice now 7 years. What advice can I give?
1. Start a home practice as soon as possible. Start slowly, let your practice grow according to your own abilities, but start. Why? Many of you will probably go to a led Ashtanga class. Not everywhere Mysore classes are offered. When you only go to led classes and then to a Mysore class it is likely that you do not know the order of the asanas (even though you've practiced them). The order of the asanas seem to be difficult to remember. Many Years Mr Swenson sat on my sofa (in form of his book). It was so difficult for me to remember which asana came next, not to speak about the Sanskrit names. Learn those, too. Your home practice makes you independant from circumstances.
2. In my first years I omitted a lot of asanas, or I practiced easy versions of some asanas. I thought that I'd never be able to practice some asanas, because, my arms were not long enough, or my calves too muscular, or because I were too old for some asanas. It turned out to be nonsense. I can do more than I ever thought. Right from the beginning on develop a positive attitude. Think: It's possible. This will help you much more to perform the challenging asanas of the Ashtanga series than the limiting thought: I cannot. Believe me, more is possible than you can imagine in the beginning.
The picture shows one example: In the first years I was convinced I'd never reach my toes with my hands when I cross my arms behind my back. It's possible now.
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