After a few years into the practice I was feeling a sense of ‘dissatisfaction’ in the practice. Like something was missing. In 2012 I decided to search for the missing link and that led me to Ubud (Bali) to practice with Prem and Radha from the Ashtanga Yoga Bali Research Centre. From there onwards my practice took a radical shift. Through their guidance and sharing I have discovered a ‘new’ way of practice. They taught me a very important lesson. I needed to build a rock solid foundation to my practice. To some extent I had to relearn some of the ‘old habits’ and get the new ones forming.
The foundation of Ashtanga Yoga stems from breath, gaze (dristhi), posture (asana) and bandha (root lock from your energy centre). When we engage all these four prongs together the practice changes. Amongst the four, bandha has been most talked about but rarely understood by many. You can hear the breath, see the posture, engage your focus but bandha is one that you have to feel. It is invisible in some ways and yet only the very experienced teachers can tell from your practice. When engaged correctly bandha can activate the most powerful part of the practice and makes the practice flow gracefully and effortlessly.
For beginners, however, this can take quite some effort to master but absolutely valuable to transform the practice inside out.
So how do we strive towards a rock solid foundation to the practice?
The late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois famously said – “Practice and all is coming” and “Yoga is 99% practice, 1% theory.”
When you consistently and regularly commit to the practice, changes will follow. Your body becomes stronger, your mind becomes more quiet, your self awareness increases, your life changes in the most unexpected ways.
Despite many writings and definitions on yoga, it (yoga) can only be experienced. That is why theory is just 1%, you need to practice to be present and engage in an uninterrupted daily practice. Whether it is 2 hours, 30 mins or even just the Sun Salutations, practice and all will be (is) coming.
Join us for a two hours Ashtanga Yoga Immersion Series – where we will explore the basic fundamentals of the Sun Salutations and Standing Postures. Read here for more details.