When you commit to a daily practice of Ashtanga yoga, you are basically agreeing to look into the mirror of your soul everyday. If you show up to your mat with little night’s sleep & over exhaustion, your practice will reflect that. You can’t escape practicing a Surya Namaskar A. You are then presented with a choice on how you approach movements and postures mindfully. If you are fatigued, do you push yourself or take it easy? Challenges can present themselves in the repetitious nature of the sequence. If practicing Sun Salutation A the day before was joyous and comfortable, how do we react when it is the exact opposite the next day? Do we criticize ourselves or accept where we are at in the present moment. The self awareness that results from practicing Ashtanga yoga is unmatchable.
Lessons on the mat are great translations of how we can manage daily life off the mat. The techniques and philosophy weaved into this holistic lineage of yoga are indescribably valuable to manifesting a healthier well-being. With practicing our gaze and drishti our memory and concentration naturally improves. Learning to create and breathe space into the parts of the body that are tight aids to flexibility. And engaging the dormant parts of ourselves gives us strength and stability. The sequence doesn’t change, we do. The student who commits to a daily practice of Ashtanga yoga is agreeing to cultivate a greater presence and sense of awareness within their life. They are embarking on a transformative journey that is one in a kind.