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Why You Have To Be A Little Masochistic To Do Ashtanga Yoga


October 6, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Atten! Judy Brock Anderson

October 6, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Hahaha Ivy Kwang Stubblefield Vanessa Montoya

October 6, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Wow… got my work cut out for me!!

October 6, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Lol! “Nice and easy” pffffft, as all my limbs pop out and I go into a sprawl on the floor!

October 7, 2014 at 9:27 pm

This article truly had me laughing. It’s soo true when you start to practice yoga as ashtanga. I have been grateful enough to have a teacher, Jonathan Patriarca who has developed a system called Bheemashakti yoga which is the preparation for going deep into an ashtanga or Mysore practice. It won’t guarantee you won’t fall on your face and need stitches while doing your own practice, but it does make you deeply strong and flexible so you’re less likely to hurt yourself. You should check it out!

    October 8, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the article, Najah, and thanks for the great tip – I’ll definitely have to check it out!

October 10, 2014 at 7:49 am

Love ashtanga!

October 14, 2014 at 11:30 am

You don’t have to be anything to do anything. Actually isn’t the point to get out of our own way instead of making ourselves into anything?

October 14, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Ashtanga gets a seriously bad rap for nothing but showing us ourselves.

October 15, 2014 at 9:42 am

…a little disappointed in the substandard photo…disrespectful to the obviously talented and masterful yogini…

October 15, 2014 at 11:21 am

❤️ ashtanga

October 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm


October 19, 2014 at 12:55 am

Thing of you Joycee Lah

October 19, 2014 at 9:57 am

I take it you have to do this in pairs so that one of you can “undo” the other one if you get permanently tangled?

October 21, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Michelle Ege I think I just seen your kids do this.

October 21, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Yes Jenny Rose Short, yes you did! Lol

October 21, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Huh? Who’s posting this?

October 24, 2014 at 1:42 am

I think I’m all set with stitches lol! I am all about pushing my practice but I really value listening to my body and not pushing to the extent of injuries

October 26, 2014 at 5:36 am

Only it is not really yoga! Krishnamacharaya made the whole thing up. Calisthenics with yoga influences yes, but nothing more. That’s why he stopped teaching it in the 1950’s and went back to hatha. Oh oh here comes the hate mail! Lol

October 26, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Lol..all western yoga is euro gymnastics infused..not hate here love everything about Ashtanga:-) Nanaste

October 26, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Just getting my shorts on is a challenge! Everything else is gravy.

October 28, 2014 at 11:18 am

Isn’t all yoga challenging emotionally & physical?

October 28, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Count me in as a lover of Ashtanga! Thanks Jacinthe Mitchell for the intro to Ashtanga

October 29, 2014 at 2:10 pm

No can do!

October 30, 2014 at 10:54 am

Not physically although it all has a contemplative side that might manifest in the body and thus could be seen as challenging. I teach restorative yoga, definitely not physically challenging in the Ashtanga way, but may be challenging because people are asked to be still. Gentle yoga is pretty darn easy on the body and I don’t find it physically challenging……….for some it may be though.

October 30, 2014 at 11:11 am

Thank you for your reply. But I would have to say being blessed enough to work with an older population as they begin to discover yoga, even restorative is pretty physically challenging. Backs hurt, knees are artificial not to mention all the other things that come with a vintage body. You may say its not for them but yoga is for every body.

November 1, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Don’t expect to find Samadhi doing Ashtanga Aerobics! It will surely give you a bigger ego. Lets change the name to what it really is!

November 2, 2014 at 1:57 am

Yeah, but it’s soooo coool!

November 4, 2014 at 1:40 am

Ashtanga is real yoga…it’s raw

November 4, 2014 at 8:17 pm


November 5, 2014 at 9:02 am

Ashtanga, my love practice.

November 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm


November 8, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Man, I love ashtanga – it moves me.

November 9, 2014 at 2:40 pm

My personal favorite is Ashtanga…..but the older I get, the lesson becomes about keeping the ego in check to avoid injury.

November 9, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Ashtanga is the eight limb path….you can never reach samadhi without mastering the other 7 limbs…. And certainly not by “expectations, ego or judgment”. Namaste.

November 9, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Just telling the truth!

November 11, 2014 at 10:29 am

I’m in Mysore now studying with Sharath!

November 11, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Perhaps it had that effect on your ego, but your experience of ‘truth’ does not mirror the experience of all.

November 12, 2014 at 6:42 am

My Yoga in (Endocrine) internal

November 12, 2014 at 8:21 am
November 15, 2014 at 9:54 am

Lorrie Williams ….

November 15, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Love ashtanga.

November 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Lol!!! This is SOOO true! I think you have to be a little masochistic to do anything you love with ALL your heart, effort and willingness to submit to the process of learning.
I’m so profound Scott Elliott, LOL!

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