Why did you start practicing?
Years ago a good friend and colleague had showed me some basic Astanga sequences. First I got curious and after trying it myself, I was hooked.
What are the benefits of the practice for you?
Regular practice has improved my physical fitness level remarkably, as well as contributed to a general sense of well-being. Each practice makes me feel better and calmer, and that trickles out into the rest of my life.
What inspires you to keep practicing?
It seems to be a never-ending learning process. It’s certainly not easy, and over these first years of practice I have found that as much as things improve there are also challenges on the way. Perhaps my most important gradual finding has been to learn to accept that there’s no hurry. And rushing doesn’t lead anywhere. That’s why it’s called a practice, not performance, and among the other things it cultivates patience. Continuous and never-ending learning makes showing up on the mat again and again inspiring and highly rewarding.
”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