I read 21 Things to know before starting an Ashtanga Practice by Claudia Altucher over and over. It is a fun read and every time I come across a different tip or fact/truth/wisdom that I need at that moment.
Here are my most favorite.
"Yoga means to yoke, to unite. We unite body, mind and spirit. But what does that mean?
Pattabhi Jois says that yoga is: 'A path we follow by which we can attain something'. And that something we are trying to attain is the SELF.
This Self is the part of us that is always at peace, the part that was never born and will never die, the part that is timeless, eternal, always flowing in this moment, free of compulsive thinking.
Patanjali gave a very clear three point description of how we can all achieve the state of yoga. He said we can gain it by doing these three things:
- accepting pain as help for purification
- studying of spiritual books
- surrendering to the Supreme being
Because I heard Sonia ask Sharath the question: "Was he living in the trees?" When Sharath told about Krishnamacharya's guru who lived in the forest.
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"Teach what is appropriate for each individual"
"Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, but as it applies to the other"
"The person and the capability of the person should determine the practice"
"Slow practice of asana with proper respiration will not only remove the defects in the body but will result in mental focus"
"There is only one yoga: The Yogasutras of Patanjali (also known as Raja Yoga)"
"Let the message not be lost"