Why did you start practicing?
I have always had a fascination towards yoga. Before starting the word resonated as an interesting exotic workout. The reason I first stepped onto the mat was that I wanted new things to happen and to develop personally in a new direction.
Why Astanga and Mysore style practice?
I was looking for a yoga style that not only focused on seated meditation, but would also provide physical challenges.
What inspires you to keep practicing?
Practicing feels natural for me, yet I feel challenged at the same time. I can feel the mental and physical progress. Every time I practice I find the feeling of peace.
What are the benefits of the practice for you?
I use the breath awareness both on and off the mat to help me be calm and centered in difficult situations. Through these years of regular practice I’ve definitely evolved to a different person than when I started. I’m not sure if I can only credit yoga, but the practice has certainly helped me to be nowadays more grounded, more in peace with myself and more relaxed.
”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