“For me, practicing yoga is a daily nourishment on several levels; spiritually, emotionally, mentally and the levels I do not yet know the names of.
It’s a beautiful bonus, how the practice calms my mind and disciplines fleeting thoughts. The mat is my morning mirror, reminding me of the creating force within me that reflects on my surrounding reality, taking part of every day’s dynamic exchange of energy.
Practicing Astanga since the fall of 2011, has shown me the value of rhythm. It has turned early mornings into something equivalent to spring – capturing the energy of the vital time, right before the city wakes up. It is a magnificent occasion and I get to witness that every time I get up to practice.
The disciplining of my mind, liberates me from the web of complexity, so inherent within me. The practice makes it more clear what actually is, and what I create. On the mat it becomes clear, that what I choose to spend my creating force making, is nobody else’s choice, than mine.
Though practicing for more than 3 years now, sometimes when I show up on the mat, I can barely reach the floor with my hands, standing with my legs straight. Though it at times is frustrating, I learn to cultivate focus and patience in a way, that influences all other aspects of my life, in a way that I cannot describe – it has to be experienced.
In all, dedicating the first couple of hours of the day practicing, simply makes life more simple.”
”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