5 Guidelines To Keep In Mind During Ashtanga Yoga

There’s no easy way to say this, but Ashtanga yoga is in fact really hard. For absolute yoga newbies, practicing Ashtanga yoga might seem intimidating and challenging, but once you start practicing it on a regular basis, you’ll forget all about the hard work it made you do.

Although ample resources have been used to make Ashtanga yoga approachable, even the most basic and modified version of this traditional practice is very challenging, so it’s pretty understandable if you freak out while practicing this style of yoga.

This set of guidelines is created exactly for this reason. It is my belief that yoga practitioners who are dedicated and are keen to try Ashtanga yoga should follow the guidelines mentioned below so that it gets a bit easier for them to continue their yoga journey.

Ideally, every yoga student leaves the practice room feeling inspired and fresh. Consider this piece of writing a map for a nomad who has been on the mountain for several years.

Ashtanga Yoga Guidelines For You To Follow

Remember To Feel Your Body

The main purpose of every form of yoga and meditation is for you to feel your body. Yoga poses are never meant to be goals. In fact, mastering yoga poses is not even possible. The real intention of yoga is to bring awareness in your body by waking up every cell of yours. Once your body is filled with enlightenment, you’ll come face to face with the truth of who you are.

Prepare Yourself To Fail

Ashtanga yoga is not supposed to be easy at first. It requires a lot of patience and persistence to handle this particular form of yoga. Instead of making the practice of yoga easier, Ashtanga yoga demands you to make your mind strong. If you keep on failing but learn to love yourself, you’ve already grasped the main concept of yoga.

Start Small And Build Up Later

While it may be tempting to dive right into the practice of Ashtanga yoga, I’d recommend that as a newbie you’d rather start with sun salutations. Once you’ve established the basics of sun salutations, then you can proceed to more difficult poses of Ashtanga yoga until you feel that you’ve built up the whole series and are ready to learn more.

Also Read: How Vinyasa Flow Is Enough to Make You Fit

Focus More On Breath Than Pose

The real magic of yoga ignites when your breath connects with your body movements. Deep breathing is that link that connects your conscious and subconscious mind together as one.
When you fully immerse yourself in the practice of the Ashtanga sequence, it’s pretty hard to keep a track of your breath. But, once you start focusing on your breath more, your poses will automatically fall into place and you’ll enjoy Ashtanga much more than you already are.

Surrender To The Process

While you might want to step ahead of sun salutations or other exercises, it’s better to accept where you are in the moment. If you accept where you are and surrender to the journey of yoga, you’ll get something that’s even more important than performing poses – inner peace. You’ll find inner peace once you realize that there’s nothing and nobody to prove to and that you are perfectly happy with how far you’ve come.

Read more: 8 Limbs of Yoga Ashtanga

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