Sometimes the practice tells you something you don’t want to know. It reveals things you don’t want to see or don’t want to deal with.
Yoga helps you let go of control: You can’t control how you feel or how your practice is going to go, and you don’t know until you get on the mat.
I can see the negative energy and go beyond it. Yoga has made me more tolerant, compassionate, understanding, and patient.
The ashtanga practice is confrontational. If you have an issue, if it’s physical or psychological, it’ll express itself in your practice. It forces me to face myself, and that can be very challenging.
I sometimes dislike that it’s so rigid, but in a way I need that. You fight the things that work for you. I always liked variety and change, but when I first started, yoga was the only stable thing in my life.
The art of yoga, the flexibility you can achieve by practicing, can really change your lifestyle and your mental attitude.
Yoga helps me develop the intention of having peaceful communication in my interactions with friends, family, and co-workers, which is something that has been really cultivated through my yoga practice.
The analogy of an open heart in backbends applies to everything.
Living a yogic lifestyle means being a good person and really being aware of your ego, and not focusing on material things.
Good things are going to happen, and bad things are going to happen. Having a practice gives me tools to live that in a way that I think is healthy.
I’ve had a lot of anxiety, but I’ve put it in its place.
It’s a big commitment. It’s not just like you can get up every morning for yoga at 5:30. It took me a long time to be okay with the idea of turning my life upside down for this.
The thing I hate about practice is the five minutes before I have to get out of bed in the morning, moving from horizontal to vertical.
It’s so easy to have theories about what you can and can’t do. Practice proves those theories wrong.
We all have the same purpose which is to work on our practice, and we all get the same benefits. Sometimes it’s working on fear, or strength, or flexibility. We all need a certain discipline.
To me this is the time in the day where I do something opposite to what is natural to me. Natural to me is being alone and being allowed to do whatever I want. I come in here and I make myself practice with people around me, and do something that is really personal to me with all these other people around, and then that’s enough.
The community aspect comes in our presence. You don’t necessarily need to have a lot of talking in order to have a good relationships with a group of people. We share a practice that is unique, and therefore the community is unique.
It requires you showing up and breathing. What yoga asks of you is what you can give it. You’re there and you’re breathing with people. It’s nice to be around other people without having to interact, particularly if you’re already feeling emotionally overloaded.
The Ashtanga community is amazing, and I think it’s because you have to be crazy to get up so early to practice.
I want to be around people. But I don’t want a competition, and I don’t want to have to stroke people’s ego so they can feel good about themselves. I want people to have the confidence to be themselves and know that that’s just fine. Who you are is just fine.
What I achieve here prepares me to face people; I get rid of my impurities, and leave with euphoria and strength. I can endure more.