Learning how to practice Ashtanga Yoga to the exact vinyasa count, is not for the fainthearted. Trying to keep up with the count, while keeping even breath control can reveal just how much we are keen on ‘cheating’ our way through the practice. It is humbling if not totally overwhelming just how hard this practice really is when practiced 'by the book' (See Aṣṭāṅga Yoga Anuṣthāna by Sharath Jois).
But according to KPJAYI Level 2 Authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher David Robson, this is where we learn the most: it is hard work that demands most mindfulness and focus. And equally important (for the ever eager ego) is the idea of non-attachment to the results of hard work. Do your practice, and as in life, do your best, observe the process, stay in the present moment, accept your results (no matter how good or bad they are) and then, - let it go!
This was David's key message, and perhaps the most important lesson to take away from this intense week of practice in Zagreb.
Thank you forever to David for this wonderful time together full of learning, laughter, and inspiring moments. Thank you Jelena Vesic for all your support and assitance during the week.
Thanks to all the yogis from over 10 countries, for showing up, many of them as early as 5am every day.
Deep thanks to Gaia Yoga for opening its beautiful Shala to the 5 hour-long sweaty morning practice for a week.
All the love to Sandra and Tom at Gaia Yoga Shala for their wholehearted support in the organization of this event.