Yoga for Runners
Yoga for Moms
Yoga for Equestrians …
The list could go on. It’s common place today for people to be marketed yoga based on their interests. On the surface this makes sense. as a business owner, I do it too. I try to create a welcoming space where people feel safe and able to show up as themselves. A place where they will feel connected to as they are today. Issues arise when the would be yogi only wants to attend classes that are aligned with their current thoughts of themselves. This thinking can quickly override all the amazing and potentially transformative traits that yoga is known to possess.
First, yoga means Union. If we only seek classes that are filled with people who are just like us, how will we become aware of the sameness that we all have at our deeper levels of existence? This is one of the beautiful paradoxes of being human. We are all uniquely different and still we all must navigate the human condition. We must figure out how to get along with ourselves and how to get along with “other”. Yoga asana (the physical practice of yoga) is a method to connect the seemingly opposite sides of ourselves. The meat-suit we live in and the divine light that resides within it.
Ashtanga is unique in providing the practitioner (that’s you) a system of connecting these two. The breath is like a carrier oil that is an absorbable delivery system for the changing power of creating awareness of your internal dialogue. Essentially, what yourself is saying about yourself to yourself twenty four hours a day. Truly, this is the place to look for progress. Working to connect by way of external factors like what size we wear, our gender, age, hobbies or even how long we can hold a handstand, only increases the space between us.
I have frequently heard of Ashtanga referred to as “the most rigorous” of yoga practices. I can honestly say that the things that make Ashtanga Ashtanga are accessible to everyone regardless their experience, age or ability. I teach Ashtanga to men, women and children of all ages , body types and abilities. Don’t get me wrong, the practice is also fun and relaxing and a difficult at times. But the hardest part is committing to a process and releasing all notions of what the outcome of that process is.
If you are able to breath you can do Ashtanga.
The true question is are you willing? Are you willing to be uncomfortable with listening to your internal conversation in a room full of strangers whom you share nothing with other than your willingness to be uncomfortable also?
This is the Union that yoga can bring if you are willing to show up when you have the opportunity to show up. Simply get to the class, stand on the mat and allow the process to unfold within you.