Sara

Sara: practiced yoga since 2009 (whole hearted ashtangi since 2016)

 

For many years, I have been practicing yoga on a regular basis. Through my practice, I have learned how the mental state of my mind and physics of my body changes from day to day. It is an inevitable thing; I can never foresee how my daily practice will end up being. In that there’s a valuable gratitude in that yoga teaches me I do not have to perform, and even more importantly: being okay with what is. With a focused patient attention to my bodys signals in each practice, also helps me to accept my body’s unpredictability, recognitioning the fact that what the body was capable of yesterday may not be happening today. In that way, my yoga practice enables me to cultivate a sense of independence and discipline that learns me to listen to body and mind – connecting my breathing and body movement in one dynamic unit, in which I find the balance between strength and flexibility.

 

Ten years ago I was diagnosed with a health condition that made me very unconfident and anxious of the physical functioning of my body. My yoga practice helped me to cooperate with my body in a whole new way, helping me to cultivate mentally strength and regain a belief in my bodys physically capability, and even though it was a difficult time, my yoga practice helped me trusting my body again.  Based on that, it is very important for me to be part of a yoga studio where I can turn to my teacher in tust if I find any difficulties or disbeliefs in my practice. MYC offers a warm nurturing space with a wonderful diversity among the group of practitioners. I often hits me, when I on my mat practicing in the mysore room how we as a group are so different as individuals in age, cultural background, body types, even our minds works in different ways – but as a group we are united as a community in our devotion to the yoga practice, sharing the same energy  as we go through our practice in our own pace – and I find that very beautiful.

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”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