Why did you start practicing Astanga?
I had a really stressful period in my life and wanted to feel better. My partner was rehearsing for a dance performance, and part of their routine was an Astanga practice. The practice looked powerful and interesting. I got immediately curious and wanted to try it out.
What inspires you to keep practicing?
I have found only positive things from keeping up a daily routine all these years. It’s good for me as a person. On a purely physical level it can make miracles. The price of waking up early every day to practice may appear quite demanding because of my extremely busy work and travel schedule. However, the price of getting up and practicing is easily overruled by the benefits I receive.
What are the benefits of the practice for you?
The list is long. One of the most important benefits is that the practice has calmed me down. I have a latin background and yoga has made my temperament a lot softer and more reflective. Generally regular practice has opened to more possibilities and choices in life. When the mind calms down, there are more angles and the perspective is wider. My work is sometimes demanding, but yoga gives me tools to concentrate and it helps me to find a balanced way of living with a full schedule. All this is something you cannot study in school or university or read from books. It only comes by practicing and experiencing the power of yoga first-hand.
”Do your practice and all is coming.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” ― Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
"Astanga yoga is 99 percent practice, one percent theory." ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”Everyone can practice Astanga yoga. Except lazy people.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
"Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is." ― Bhagavad Gita
“The mind is restless and difficult to restrain, but it is subdued by practice.” ― Bhagavad Gita
“Asana practise is for 2 hours. Yoga practise is for 24 hours.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
”When the mind is quiet, the asana is correct.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”This is not a gym, you are not here to work out. You are here to bring peace to yourself, to know who you are.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
”With practice anything is possible.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
“The mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it.” ― Bhagavad Gita