Why did you start practicing?
I had been interested in Astanga for some time and had recently given up another type of practice routine. A friend recommended me Mysore Yoga CPH and so I started my journey.
Why Astanga and Mysore style practice?
I wanted to practice Astanga because of the physical challenges it provides. Mysore style came along with MYC and it suits perfectly the changing schedules of my everyday life. Mysore style also gives a chance to practice at my own pace.
What inspires you to keep practicing?
Main motivator is the direct experience of the words by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois: “When the mind is quiet the asana is correct”. Also the inspirational and individual teaching and support I receive from the teachers is an essential element on my path. In the Mysore room there’s room for ups and downs. And there are different energy levels each day, but at the end of each practice, all is always well.
Last but least: learning new asanas of increasing level of difficulty and refining each posture keeps the practice interesting.
What are the benefits of the practice for you?
The list is long: increased physical mobility and flexibility, increased muscle control and strength, improved breathing technique and the calming effect it provides, increased patience and focus, and finally: realizing the human capability to evolve.
Thank you Mikko and Helena and MYC team for your help in starting my journey and in maintaining the course in each and every practice!
”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