I am a 20-something living in London, Ontario with my boyfriend and two kitties. In my other life I work in the food and nutrition industry.
I have dabbled in yoga for many years, but recently have made much more of a commitment to it. For me, I seriously revisited yoga after having gallbladder removal surgery. Months later I was still in pain, weak, and didn’t seem to be healing the way that I was promised to. Yoga has helped me recover and to gain more strength and flexibility than I’ve ever had before.
Many people come to yoga for physical reasons, but after a time gain something much more. My practice has made me more calm, peaceful, and connected to myself and the world.
I’m blogging about my journey with ashtanga yoga for many reasons. The main reason is to keep myself accountable with my practice. The second is that at this time I don’t have access to a teacher. I know that ashtanga is a difficult thing to do on your own, but right now it’s my only option. I hope to use this blog as a way to connect with other ashtangis out there and to gain and share knowledge on the practice.
Why Ashtanga Yoga?
By nature I am a lazy person – both mentally and physically. Anyone that knows me well would tell you this and I am not ashamed of it. In the past I’ve gravitated to more slow-paced hatha or restorative/yin classes. I truly believe that there is a yoga out there for everyone and I think that these types of classes are very healing for certain people. However, for me I needed to push myself a little more.
When I first discovered ashtanga yoga I knew that this was what I needed. I need the routine, the structure, and fire of the practice. I am an independent person and I like the self-practice aspect of it. I love the flow that comes from doing the same practice every day.
This word is so subjective and that’s why I chose it. What one person may think of as beginner level another may see as advanced. I think with yoga (and life in general) we are all beginners.
Every time I step on the mat, I learn something new.
I will always be a beginner.