I enjoy sharing the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Sri. K. P. Jois, the founder. The asana (postures), is one thing, but sharing and taking part in the ongoing lineage, philosophy, myths, and stories add so much more to it all.
Becoming and Staying Grounded
I had many false ideas and misconceptions about yoga, and I guess to some degree I still do. Yoga provides the tool to uncover misconceptions we have about ourselves. We are much stronger and more capable than we give ourselves credit for. It has a way of grounding you. I need the grounding effect it has on me every single day.
The Power of Authenticity
I make annual trips to Mysore, India to practice at KPJAYI (K.P. Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, the location where Ashtanga was started) and study yoga philosophy with Dr. Jayashree and Professor Narasimha. These trips last weeks and allow me to again, ground myself as well as submerse myself in yoga and focus on my practice.
Whether it's in India or when I travel to workshops around the United States, everyone I meet has a great story to share. They all have hardships and triumphs, humiliations and regrets. Yoga has the great ability to allow the practitioners to show their best side when presented with challenges.
- Saraswathi Jois
- Dr. Jayashree, Yoga Philosophy
- Professor Narasimha, Yoga Philosophy
- Matthew Darling
Practicing Ashtanga Since 2007