Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Ashtanga Yoga Method

The Ashtanga Yoga Method: My life preserver.

I have had such an intense spiritual yearning in my heart for as long as I can remember and thanks to some good karma and luck that thirst has always been quenched because of the beautiful people around me. I owe everything to Omphale and Soham they gave me the gift of unconditional love and the ability to at least sometimes open my eyes and go inward in a world that is sleeping and going outwards.

Although I was learning and experiencing many things spiritually I never felt ready to start my sadhana. I didn’t feel rooted in a practice until I discovered the method that is Ashtanga Yoga.

Ashtanga yoga where do I begin, how do I even describe what the practice is doing to my soul. From the moments I heard OM VANDE GURUNAM in the opening invocation I knew I had found my practice. Ashtanga yoga asks you to throw yourself into the practice sincerely and I am doing my best to do just that. I feel lighter, happier, at home, and grounded when doing my very humble practice. I also encounter much struggle and it can be intense at times. No matter what happens though I know I have my practice, somehow in a way I can’t comprehend all the answers are present in the practice, I just have to show up for  many lifetimes maybe billions ha.

When the mind is really acting up in my practice I just think of Guruji. What can I say about this great man, every once in a while you encounter a being that just opens you up effortlessly and you can’t do anything about it, you’re just along for the ride. 

Here is my teacher Kino speaking on Sri K Pattabhi Jois or Guruji

YogaSutra:1.1 atha yoga anushasanam
Translated into now, after having done prior preparation through life and other practices, the study and practice of Yoga begins.

I now become the student. I pray for grace, courage, and strength to have the ability to use this life to do the work and get to know myself and the beauty of all this.

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