Why did you start practicing?
I wanted and had decided to improve my life, after some big changes I had gone through. I knew that I had to do something with myself and I had heard about yoga. Then one day I saw an announcement about an intro course, which I attended and continued in Mysore classes afterwards.
Why Astanga and Mysore style?
One of the reasons I got hooked is the Mysore practice. At first I wasn’t sure if I could practice because of the medical challenges I have been having with my arm for a long time, but Mysore style allows me to work on my individual practice respecting my boundaries. And the arm has actually improved a lot. Generally it’s fantastic and inspiring to be in the Mysore room where everybody is practicing on their own level, but still together, while getting personal guidance. It’s a perfect combination.
What inspires you to keep practicing?
It’s actually quite simple: I feel better when I practice. My body is getting stronger and more flexible, and my mind feels better as well. MYC as a place is fantastic, the atmosphere is supporting, the people are kind, and I’m always happy to come and practice. It’s a good place to be.
What are the benefits of the practice for you?
I’m definitely more aware and calmer, living more here and now. The awareness and calmness I build up while practicing follows me throughout my daily life, and thus improves the quality of it.
”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