Doing an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice involves much more than merely doing the asanas enumerated in the Primary Series. As a sequence, the primary series is the foundation of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice. It plants the seeds that will grow into the other sequences. But it’s not limited to the asana element. The seeds that should be planted are also the more subtle components.
Something I often talk about is our neuromuscular patterns. What are they? How do we develop them? Do they help us? Do they harm us?
The truth is, that at present, the most popular way to interface with the long tradition of yoga is through our physicality. This is not a bad thing. Personally I believe that the journey toward acquiring self-knowledge is ultimately inevitable. Who’s to say where one is on their path and whether it is right or wrong for them?
I thought I’d share my final thoughts on the Sharath Conferences at Purple Valley in Goa.
In the last week Sharath’s family arrived. It was definitely very sweet to see the kids running around and calling sharath Appa (father). Although it added something sweet to the conferences, it made them a bit distracting and unfocused.
Conference. was actually on the 20th.
We have conference 3 times a week on various topics but they started in a logical place, with the eight limbs.
They’ve all been quite good but today’s in particular stood out. Sharath has shown himself to be on the path to being a yoga scholar, like his grandfather before him. During the course of the conference today, Sharath was talking about Guruji and how he always talked about his teacher. That everything came from Krishnamacharya, not from him. He was talking about his relative to other teachers who only talk about themselves and what they’ve created.