Friday, November 21, 2014

Don't slam the doors

Btw it's not so special that somebody leaves an activity behind himself/herself.

Most people start with a hobby or a job or a relationship and few months later or years later it's over.

This also happens in the Ashtanga community. Practitioners leave the cult. Why not. It's indeed not so special. Only few people stick to an activity. This is why I often speak about a pyramid. On the floor of the pyramid are the beginners. Here we have many. The higher you climb, the longer you practice the less people you find. No matter what you do.

Some people are loud when they stop something, no matter if they leave a partner, a company or another activity. There might be reasons, perhaps it just was not the right thing.

In Ashtanga yoga the topic comes up again and again. A practitioner stops practicing, yet he/she cannot stop afterwards to talk bad about Ashtanga yoga.

Often own experiences are generalized.

I only want to focus here on one argument because it's simply not true. And I hear it again and again.
Ashtanga yoga is not dangerous, it doesn't cause injuries. It's advised to practice it regularly and to build up the practice. Many are very ambitious and do too much too quickly. Nevertheless Ashtanga yoga is not dangerous.
Most accidents and injuries happen to housewifes. The insurances know this. Insurances also know which sports are dangerous and which not, because they have to pay in case of an accident. They have an overview. Skiing, diving are dangerous sports. One has often to pay more to get an insurance policy.

It's unhealthy to do nothing. The risk to injure is higher when people are inactive.
Ashtangis are slim, yet they have no eating disorder. Of course there might be a few but no more than in other groups, too. In the 70s everybody was slim, nowadays half of the population is overweight. Everybody who manages it to eat healthy is considered ill, only because the majority is a victim of the food industry.

I come to an end. I wonder why these complainers get so much attention.

Ashtanga yoga is not for everybody. Everybody can do it, but not everybody wants it. It's so simple, then one must look for something else. One can also watch TV and stay up at night.

I love the practice. I have found something that I can do for the rest of my life. For me it fits.

For those who stop and leave the community: please close the door quietly. Say good-bye, be happy that you could experience something and search for your luck somewhere else.

It's an art to finish things.

(Perhaps one day you want to come back....)

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Anna said...

Ursula - it's "in the 70s".
And yes, people were a different shape then - the fake food industry has caused a public health crisis.

Ursula Preiss said...

Thank you, Anna.

Hope you are well?

Cordially greetings where evey you might be.

Bettina said...

Hi Ursula,
I have to contradict here: saying that Ashtanga does not cause injuries is as wrong as saying it does. It's not possible to give a common, overall statement on this matter. Like so many other things it highly depends on the personal, individual body conditions every person has. And it is true, that there are certain body types that do not only benefit from the regular Ashtanga practice. In Ashtanga the same stuff is practiced day by day. These continuous repetitions of the same movements without enough counter-balancing or strengthening in certain areas are obviously too much strain for certain bodies and then yes, injuries occur. Probably this might also occur with other similarly hard body work which is practiced daily. Unfortunately meanwhile there are many longtime Ashtanga practicioners proving it.
It seems your body is coping excellent with the regular practice. I must admit, I'm very envious :-) I count myself to the above mentioned body types, but am still in the process of realizing this. Probably a regular Ashtanga practice might just not work for my body and I'm still feeling regret and sadness because of this fact. Working through this is surely also some form of practice but still ... lucky you! :-)

Ursula Preiss said...

Hi Bettina,

Thank you for still reading my blog.

I don't know enough about your practice to comment seriously and with support.

If it's nothing for you let it go.

All the best. Ursula

Lizzy said...

The end of your post is beautifully written and a good reminder for ending anything in life. We all have our own paths. Thank you for sharing.