Practicing Ashtanga yoga is a necessity for me, yet no fun.
That said, I want to add that it can be joyful, satisfying. It can feel good and I like it.
I love to experience my body in the crazy asanas.
Especially the stretching discomfort and the balancing poses distract me from the chatter of the mind.
I'm glad when I can do something good for myself.
Yet fun is something else:
Playing soccer might be fun, especially if one belongs to the team that wins.
To dance salsa is fun.
Feeling the hamstrings approaching the stretching limit can be bearable more and more. It makes me tolerant to discomfort. But fun? is something else.
Reading can be fun, shopping, taking pictures, taking a bath, seeing a movie.
The body needs movement if one wants to stay healthy till old age. Even my grandma was told after 80 by a doctor that she must move and exercise. Those who don't get weak and rigid with age. It goes so far that many old people cannot stand up anymore when they fell. This limits the possibilities how to live enormously. I love to move. This is already a good pre-condition. Those who don't love to move could better their lives, too, if they moved. Whatever it is.
Ashtanga yoga fits to my personality as a lonesome wolf. I love to be with me alone. Being independant from classes or other people fits to me. I can step on my mat alone.
I've in addition not found another sportive activity that is so holistic. B.K.S. Iyengar sais this about yoga in general. I agree.
I wonder why so many expect joy and fun at everything they do. For me having the insight that it's good for me is enough to do it.
To let the mood decide what to do is not a good advice. Moods change like the weather.
Yesterday I practiced primary in this hotel room here. I could do all poses. It was not easy. Not one single pose was omitted or forgotten.
It's time to step again on my mat, because I know it's good for me, not because I'm searching fun.
Picture: It's taken in San Diego, old city where we've spend the day. It's like in Mexico there.
PS: Ashtanga yoga can also be fun from time to time, wink wink....