About a year ago I wrote about starting yoga. It continues and I’m loving it more every day. Through yoga I think my lung capacity has expanded three-fold. synchronizing the movement of the body with the rhythm of breathing is key to this practice. The instructor constantly reminds the students to keep breathing in and out through the nose regardless of the posture.
It has changed my life completely. My body is flexible and it feels alive. With Ashtanga one gets the added benefit of insights into the teachings of Patangali’s yoga sutras and a chance at chanting sacred texts which for me is not a problem as I believe in the oneness of mankind, oneness of religion and oneness of God so there is no contradiction for me.
Practicing yoga is helping me to be a better person,to experience more peace and tranquility.
I highly recommend yoga to anyone regardless of age or gender. I try to go everyday to the Mysore class where the student receives one to one instruction.Mysore is named after the birth place of the founder of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga, K. Pattabhi Jois. In the Mysore Class, you commit to attending classes regularly and you progress at your own pace and learn a movement at a time until the teacher sees you’re ready for the next. I like this because one has to be disciplined about attending classes and be mindful that someone is investing their time to teach you step by step so one has to do one’s part by showing up.
.When I first started yoga, I used to be easily distracted by watching what my neighbours were doing but as I continue I find that my thoughts are more focussed and I can slip into momentary stillness even without effort. I feel great – refreshed, energize and a sense of accomplishment after each practice. There is a shift that happens after period of serious practice, a shift to a more spiritual way of being and that seems to be quite unconsciously.
The journey continues….. until next time.