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Summer Fromance2010-07-04 22:09:48 +0000 #1
I've been doing ashtanga for a few weeks now, as I'm sure some of you know from my last post. It's been doing wonders for me as far as calming my mind and releasing tension and stress.

However, the postures themselves don't seem to be getting much easier. Should I continue doing my best and slowly but surely, I'll become more flexible? I understand such endeavours take time and commitment of course, I just haven't really noticed any progress since I've started.
Pandara2010-07-04 22:12:46 +0000 #2
Hi,

We must understand that each body is as different as each individual. I have seen it many times in my years in yoga. One person might gain strenght and flexibilty within a few months of starting yoga and for another it might take years before something significant happens.

The biggest disfavour we can do to ourselves in yoga is to look around in a class and to compare yourself with others and think look at this or that one, they started with me and they can do already this or that. Yoga is not about other people in the class, it is about you and working patiently with what you got.

Then, the hardest thing to do is to accept that you cannot do all the asanas in yoga. That in itself is a great lesson if we can learn from it.

LAst thing, sometimes the progress is on a level that we can't see, remember yoga works on many other and deeper levels of your being as well.
justwannabe2010-07-04 22:50:12 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by Summer Fromance



I've been doing ashtanga for a few weeks now, as I'm sure some of you know from my last post. It's been doing wonders for me as far as calming my mind and releasing tension and stress.

However, the postures themselves don't seem to be getting much easier. Should I continue doing my best and slowly but surely, I'll become more flexible? I understand such endeavours take time and commitment of course, I just haven't really noticed any progress since I've started.

when the mind becomes calmer and more flexible the body will follow, since you say the mind is becoming calmer have faith that in time the body will follow. Personally for me if my mind was calm I would care little about the body
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 23:05:33 +0000 #4
Presume the poses do not get any "easier" then decide how you would like to proceed.

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