Why did you start practicing?
I wish I could say I had a divine revelation that brought me to yoga. But the truth is that my waistline was getting bigger and I had to start some physical exercising to get back in shape. But I am still not entirely sure why among all available options I chose yoga. I suppose one of the reasons was that it was very easy to start practicing. There is no need for any fancy equipment or gear, just a mat and your own body. Deep down I think I have always been fascinated by the beauty of yoga, and at that time I had a very good reason to give it a try.
Why did you choose Astanga and Mysore style practice?
It was a blind choice. Astanga Yoga just happened to be at the top of the list of yoga styles on Wiki. So I did some Google and YouTube research and I liked what I saw. Two things in particular appealed to me: it was physically demanding practice and one has to learn the same sequence over a long period of time.
What inspires you to keep practicing?
It changes over years. But right now it’s the way I feel if I miss a day of practice. I feel off balance – physically, emotionally and mentally. It is safe to say that yoga is what keeps me going each day. And then there is always the curiosity: what awaits me next down the yoga road?
What are the benefits of the practice for you?
Without any doubts yoga helped me to cope with some health issues I have had. Also yoga taught me to listen to my body, work with it and not against it. As for more subtle aspects I think I became more appreciative of things going on around me. But I can’t be sure I can attribute this solely to yoga. Maybe it’s just me getting older, but most likely it’s both.
What I like most about yoga is that it’s a practice and not a competition. There is nothing to get right or to get done on time or to do better than some one else. It really takes the pressure off, one just have to allow it to happen and enjoy it. Same as with life.
”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