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What does Ashtanga Yoga teach us?

On the other day, I asked my students what do they thought the goal of Ashtanga Yoga was. What do you think? Every day, you unfold your mat, you do the same set of postures and then you carry on with your daily life. What is it teaching you? Why do we do this? Well, it is certainly not just making you physically stronger and more flexible!

It is teaching you Patience and Faith. Every time you surrender to the practice, something changes inside you, not just physically, but at a much deeper level. Every time you practice, and you see your practice improving, it gives you confidence and faith to carry on. However, other times you practice and it does not go so well, but that teaches you to be patient.

And then with patience, and faith comes Courage. Practicing new challenging postures takes courage. But when we do them, again something at a deeper level clicks and tells you “hang on; I have the courage to do what needs to be done”.

And when the time comes, courage helps you to do what you need to do to be happier and find your inner peace. Finding inner peace is like finding a good restaurant, you walk that extra mile to have that delicious dish, right?! The same for Peace. Once you find that inner peace, you will want it all the time, and you will get rid of what no longer is serving you!

So the Ashtanga Yoga practice is basically giving us the transferable skills to have a more balanced and peaceful life.

Keep practicing everyone!

Namaste.

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Ashtanga Yoga Led class – Easter Special

Ashtanga Yoga is a system of Yoga developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the city of Mysore, South India. Ashtanga Yoga means “8 limbs” in Sanskrit. It is a reference to the 8-part method of practice in the ancient text, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. In Patanjali’s method, the practice of asana or postures is one part of a comprehensive discipline of self-knowledge and care including physical and mental training.
Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic method which links postures with breath and concentration techniques that aim to give practical experience of the 8-limbed method.
In this Easter Special class we will go through the Full Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. This class is open to all levels of practice.
When?
Good Friday (30th March), 9-11 am
Where?
YMCA, Queen Anne House, Gonville Pl, Cambridge CB1 1ND
How can I secure my place?
You can book the class here.
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