Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe
I am in an Ashtanga vibe for some months now. In May I started going to Mysore Classes. On average, I think I practice in the shala four-five times a week now. I go to bed around nine (sometimes even at eight. I don't no shame anymore).
From Monday till Friday I get up at 5.30 AM, and in the weekends I sleep in until 6 (again the lack of shame here). No Mysore Class on Saturday and Sunday. In stead, I practice meditation or pranayama. Or I go to a Yoga-In-The-Park-Class. Or I'll chant away for an hour. Petros & Friends are on Spotify!
I eat vegetarian food, mostly vegan, mostly healthy (although I can get quite excited about carrot cake and French fries). I am very low on alcohol these days. I read books about the Ashtanga practice or about spirituality. I consider my yoga practice as a spiritual practice.
The person closest to me is my BF. We live together. Every evening after dinner, around 6.30 PM, he asks me the same question:
'What time do you go to bed?'
'In a bit,' I answer.
We both laugh.
He supports me and my new life style, he never complains.
My parents support me as well, although they last time we met, they looked at me, looked at each other and they asked me:
'How many weight did you lose?'
My friends who aren't into yoga don't get it. That's okay. One colleague knows what I am doing in the morning before work. She think it's amazing. The other ones just have no idea. I am not planning on telling them until somehow the subject will come up.
I am making some new friends. People from my Mysore Class. We connect on Facebook, we chat through Messenger.
'Where were you this morning?'
'How is your injury?'
'I am going to Copenhagen to practice with Sharath.'
'How is your practice going?'
I am reading blogs from other yogi's. Although I don't know these persons IRL, I feel connected while reading their thoughts on the practice and life. We share the same passion, Ashtanga. We practice the same asanas, even though we are miles away from each other.
I am watching videos on YouTube. Interviews with ashtangi's, both teachers and students.
Sometimes it all comes together. I watched this very inspirational video on Kevin Brackley. Later, I was reading a blog, and suddenly it hit me: I was reading Kevin Brackley's blog. I got so excited about it I almost fell of my chair. His blog is endlessly, I could read it for days. I just had to let him know what I thought on the video. So I did. He wrote me an email. I wrote him back, and told him how I somewhat hated it I just recently discovered Ashtanga, now that I am no longer in my twenties (or thirties..). His answer was magic:
I think you find Ashtanga when you are ready for it
It's just one sentence, but it has a huge impact on my mind.
Namaste to you Kevin and to all you great and brave Ashtangi's, let's inspire each other as long as we can!