Why is Ashtanga Yoga so hard?
It takes on average 90 minutes to complete the full Ashtanga Primary Series, longer than most yoga or fitness classes. The traditional method also asks you to practice six days a week, which is an often daunting task.
Ashtanga yoga is not only physically demanding, but it is mentally demanding. It consists of the same set sequences every class…so basically years and years of the same sequence of postures.
But don't disappear, here are some helpful tips to get you through your Ashtanga practice.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew. While it may be tempting to jump into the Full Primary Series if you are just starting out, we recommend that you start off with just the Sun Salutations.
Don’t compare yourself. The more poses you achieve doesn't make you a better yogi. The inner work is what it’s all about. While almost all yogis struggle with the poses, the struggle is meant to be a teacher. Wherever you meet your challenge is where your yoga begins.
Surrender to the process. While you might feel like you want to tackle more poses than just the Sun Salutations and do something more fun, learn to accept where you are and surrender to the journey, this is where you will get the benefit that’s better than any pose - inner peace.
Don’t push yourself. It may be tempting to grab your limbs and force them into the shapes of the asana, your body will suffer. Cultivate a peaceful attitude towards your body and never force or push yourself.
Don't give up. Aim to get on your mat even for five minutes each day. Congratulate yourself for every small step forward and decide that you will not give up, especially when it feels daunting and overwhelming.
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