At class yesterday Sarah and Shari were touting the latest in Ashtanga fashion wear in the form of vests with this fine message: “Keep calm and carry on”. It’s hilarious and so apt for us Ashtangis.
One of the ideas that I’m exploring at the moment is: How do I create a sustainable practice? The old timer Ashtangis like David Swenson, talk about how one should feel refreshed and energized after practice.
For the first year or so this seemed totally impossible. Pretty much all the postures were challenging me and I was challenging myself and pushing too hard. This left me feeling exhausted and led to injuries. But somehow I’ve stuck with it.
One idea that Shari shared with me over coffee the other morning is to only use the muscles necessary for the asana you’re in. This sounds like a no brainer but just try it! I am generally clenching my butt and or clenching my jaw to some degree.
The breathe is another key indicator in my level of calmness if it’s short and fast then I’m overdoing it and need to ease back a bit.
If I’m going to be practicing 5 or 6 days a week for the rest of my life then what attitudes to I need to change in order to help me sustain my practice? Plenty of food for thought there.