Hello all, I have a question regarding Ashtanga Yoga, which I hope experienced practitioners/teachers could help me with.
I have practiced yoga for 12 years, for about 3 years of that I was incorporating Ashtanga Yoga into my practice.
Whilst in India, I studied Ashtanga for a summer and moved away from it for 2 reasons. Firstly, it wasn’t helping to heal old injuries in my ankle and lower back. Secondly, the massive amount of ego I saw in other students and teachers.
I asked a teacher about the amount of ego I was seeing, and he explained to me that Ashtanga wasn’t really a spiritual discipline as such, more of a physical exercise. I initially started yoga to heal myself from injuries in martial arts, and ‘psychological injuries’ sustained in life. So it seemed Ashtanga wasn’t for me.
Recently I saw an explanation of Ashtanga Yoga given by David Swenson. Within 2 minutes, he gave an insight into yoga as a spiritual discipline, something I have come across in ‘Hatha’ and Iyengar Yoga classes, but never in an Ashtanga class. It got my interest. I’m considering trying it again.
So, I’d be interested in hearing what experienced Ashtanga practitioners have to say about their practice and my comments…