19 July 2012

Traveling in the world of impossibilities

As many others people do, the very first time when i saw the Ashtanga Primary Series chart, i took a huge breathe to hold me shock. A huge "Noooooo... Not possible!" train across my head. So many poses, arms and legs all tangled like a twirly donut. One poses after another, the position looks harder to tackle. Remembering the series by heart... forget it!

Attempting the practice slowly, i actually felt that things are going more interesting. Just like playing those arcade games, where you complete each level to fight more monsters. The rule of Ashtanga practice is not to jump, or take any short cut. It is advise to stop where we are stuck at, and work on that particular pose.... till we get it, then next pose granted. Now, i understand why most Ashtangis are not youthful and young..!

One great stuff is, its first scares you then it makes you to work for what we seems impossible. The practice knocks off all doubtful wall that our mind set; and open to us a world of impossibilities. We tend to judge ourselves more than being judgmental to others. Because of these statement that the mind pass down, the body listen and act according to the judgement.
Yoga practices often teach us not to be too quick to judge others; most essentially, not to do the same thing to ourselves too.
There are so many poses in the series i initially scared the poo out of me. Many of them i never thought i can do it, or to even hold on there for five breathes. Amazingly, as the practice keeps going, there's a flip to my doubts. I took it as a challenge, a hurdle, a lesson that each pose that am stuck in... i got to learn to be creative for a solution, i got to be patient with my body, i got to release the expectation of any deadline i tag for myself.... till i learn.

We learn, we all need to learn to grow more wise. I've seen people pulled their muscles, fractured their toes from the jumping through, back aches.... some people blame it on the practice and stop doing it totally. Some people take it as blind spots uncovered, and learn to deal with all these injuries; and too allow the practice to heal the body.

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