Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Guilt and Ashtanga yoga
Do I really feel guilt when I don't practice Ashtanga yoga 6 days a week?
I distinguish the reasons why I miss a practice:
All these reasons can be excuses. Who knows?
Yet here are some:
- Other things are more important. Yes, this is possible.
- Lack of discipline.
- The body needs a day off.
I don't feel guilt, but I regret not to have practiced when it was laziness. Rarely I'm enthusiastic when dawdling wins over practicing.
I know that it's better to practice daily, better, because it's easier.
In addition progress can be seen faster.
I've been always so that I regretted if I missed a practice that used to be important to me. I remember the times when I practiced Aikido, daily. Once a woman wanted to go to the theatre with me. She almost begged me to accompany her, yet I didn't like to miss my Aikido class. Looking back I think I could have really made an exception. I've given up Aikido.
Also 3 decades ago, when my body was much more flexible, I could feel when I had a day off. Quickly the body became stiff. But it got flexible again fast. This has changed now. My feeling: quickly my body gets stiff. To get flexible again I've to work hard.
Same is with the weight: I eat a praliné and next day my weight punishes me with 2 pounds more. To get rid of the golden hip I need days. (just a joke, hahaha, but the tendency is true).
Yesterday I read in the book "Yoga, The spirit and practie of moving into stillness" by Erich Schiffmann. Here one can find the 1% theory. I got reminded that yoga, all styles have the goal to find peace in life. Practicing asanas helps, yet it's not the only goal to stand in handstand for 5 breaths i.e..
Sidemark: Also Erich recommends a daily practice.
This in mind, I'll step on the mat for second series.
All my posts remind me: It's all a happening. Who can feel guilty? The "self", "I" is just a concept. The self is a combination of genes, conditioning,
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