Para meus alunos que falam inglês. Recomendo o texto do filho do Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Sobre o Ashtanga Yoga.
Pratiquei Ashtanga e Power Yoga durante três anos, no início da minha prática quando morava em Londres.. E para mim foi uma atividade essencial, pois me ajudou a abandonar o uso contínuo de drogas. A serotonina que o meu corpo produzia durante a aula, parecia a mesma sensação de drogas como ecstasy, por exemplo. Mas percebi durante alguns anos, que fazia a prática pela sensação que ela me causava, e não estava mudando o padrão inicial que me levou a busca.
Vi que ia atrás de atividades que me deixava com a sensação de está sempre high ( elevada). Por este motivo, abandonei a prática e comecei Hatha Yoga, após minha primeira imersão na Índia, com 23 anos. Com certeza se não fosse o amor pelo Ashtanga, não teria praticado yoga.
Texto retirado da revista online http://www.sonima.com/yoga/true-yoga-practice/
Escrito pelo filho do Pattabhi Jois, Sharath Jois.
When pizza was very new to India, some companies wanted to market themselves to get business, so they created a new pizza called “Gobi Manchurian Pizza.” We were very interested, so we ordered one to our house. It was a regular pizza with pieces of Gobi Manchurian, a Chinese dish, on top. Many people bought it. It was new and different and tasty, but it wasn’t healthy. Similarly, this is how yoga has become: Tasty and attractive, but not healthy.
Today, there are so many styles of yoga. People put their surname in front of the word yoga and invent a new style. They hope to get many followers. They create so many videos, but it’s like junk food. It’s tasty, it looks good, but it’s not healthy. People look at these styles as yoga, they try them, and think they are doing yoga, but they are not.
Ashtanga yoga is not a style of yoga. It is a method to explore something far more than handstands. Many people see handstand and leg-behind-the-head and think that is what Ashtanga yoga is. But Ashtanga yoga is a method to experience what yoga is, to understand who we are, how to be more responsible, how to live in this world as better people. Ashtanga yoga is a method.
I’ve said this many times, but students need to be reminded of the fundamentals of Ashtanga yoga: the yamas and niyamas. They are the key ingredients to establishing and practicing yoga. It’s like making a dish from a recipe: You need these ingredients or else it won’t work, and you won’t be doing yoga.