Welcome to Episode 44 of The Art of Aging Mindfully Podcast  where I discuss “The Art of Ashtanga Yoga.” In this episode, I take you along my personal journey with Ashtanga Yoga, a practice that's spanned over two decades and continues to teach me every day.

We kick off with the fascinating history of Ashtanga Yoga, exploring the lineage from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois to T. Krishnamacharya, all the way back to Ramamohana Brahmachari. Their contributions have shaped Ashtanga into the transformative practice we know today.

I then delve into the practice and technique of Ashtanga Yoga, painting a vivid picture of the tranquil Mysore sessions, the resonating sound of Ujjayi breath, and the methodical step-by-step learning process. We look at the powerful combination of breath, bandha, and drishti, and the dynamic transitions of jumping back and through. 

A path as demanding as Ashtanga Yoga is not without its obstacles. I share my struggles with late nights, battling old habits, and maintaining discipline.  But despite these obstacles, I discuss how the Ashtanga community remains interconnected on a global scale, citing examples from AYV, AYB, and AYNY.

Next, I share my insights on what full devotion to a practice like Ashtanga feels like. From prioritizing practice first thing in the morning to observing the character-building effects of consistent practice, I delve into the profound impact of such commitment. I speak about the respect and admiration we can have for fellow practitioners, acknowledging their focus and consistency.

Finally, I discuss my “Second Study” of Ashtanga Yoga that began on January 1st, 2023. This new chapter has taught me to listen to my body more intently and approach the practice with patience. I talk about the wisdom in accepting changes and adapting my practice as needed, guided by the universe's cues.

My journey with Ashtanga Yoga has shown me the power of dedicating oneself completely to a practice you love

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