Sunday Conference with Diana…
January 12, 2014
The 3 D’s – Discipline, Dedication and Devotion
A lineage; specific form of yoga we study; a science …
It is an aspect of being committed to something, like a regular practice.
Story of Guruji. Taught for over 64 years. He passed at 93 years of age. His guru was Krishnamacharya; who was also guru for Iyengar. Iyengar is a static practice using blocks, props, straps, etc.
Ashtanga is a vinyasa system of synchronized breath and movement. Guruji described it as a “mala thread” that is continually connected – a dynamic practice – of orchestrated movement.
An interview with Guruji in Ashtanga New York cited his belief of ashtanga – just practice.
As a new student, we may be more goal-oriented to learn the sequence of poses and to “get it.” After practicing for about 5 years, one can truly begin to understand the practice – a holistic one; a mind practice.
1. Learn vinyasa;
2. Do it correctly with proper breath and mindfulness.
Ashtanga Yoga is a Discipline that requires discipline.
Simple words of wisdom from our teacher, Patabhi Jois – lovingly Guruji:
“When the breath control is correct, mind control is possible.”
“Body is not stiff. Mind is stiff.”
“You can take practice. Don’t talk.”