Why did you start practicing?
A friend asked me to join her on her first class. I didn’t hesitate for a second. There was no reason to not give it a chance. I had no idea what Astanga was. I got started because it made sense and I haven’t stopped since. First I practiced just once or twice a week, but over the years it has become a daily routine.
What inspires you to keep practicing?
The beginning was extremely challenging. I felt like I was made of stone, and I wasn’t so connected to myself on a deeper level. However, I didn’t want to give up. However, I didn’t want to give up. The ongoing practice has opened me in many ways and kept on revealing new layers. First I started calming down and ever since the practice has become more and more enjoyable.
What are the benefits of the practice for you?
I feel closer to myself and generally I feel lighter, cleaner, more energized and there’s just simply more clarity in my mind. The practice has broadened my perspective of life, especially since the addition of a daily pranayama practice.
When I started, it was hard to foresee the benefits of the practice, but now I sense a light and happiness in my life. This was the right path for me. The path is internal where I connect with myself, and it has also introduced me to many wonderful teachers and other practitioners, from whom I keep learning and receiving lots of positive things.
”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