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jmcdan32010-07-04 21:04:55 +0000 #1
Just picked up david Swenson's practice manual. Been practicing for several months with Rodney Yee's Power and Yoga Burn. I mostly combine strength and flexibility in the Power to make it an hour workout which i do 5-6 times a week. I am an active 23 year old male (6'1'' and 175 lbs). I plan on starting the Primary series. I can do mostly all of the arm balances on Rodney Yee's video with the exception of one(can only get one leg off the ground). How was everyones first time at Ashtanga? Realistically, do you think I could complete the Primary series fully within a year or so? I realize that this is a lifetime practice and I am VERY ok with that! I just would like to make some good progress....Any thoughts, advice, comments, suggestions for +
Loretha Kennedy2010-07-04 21:17:49 +0000 #2
Hello

The first time I did Ashtanga it felt like I've come home. I have been doing Ashtanga yoga for five years or so and all I can say is that it never gets any easier because you learn that you can always go a bit further and deeper into a pose. And once you have mastered the physical aspect of the poses you realise what the moving meditation is all about. Ashtanga yoga like any other form of yoga I'm sure is not something you can complete in a year's time it is something that grows and grows bigger everytime. Good luck
sarahy2010-07-04 21:40:52 +0000 #3
ditto from me too- no such thing as 'completing the primary series'. you will understand it more as you begin to practice regularly. you ALWAYS do the primary series, even if you've been doing it a million years.

i've been practicing a year now and i go through antsy spells. i just attempt the secondary series and that sends me back to primary where i belong (with a good laugh i might add)! however, i can say i've never felt discouraged, ever, i'm still learning, and still wanting to practice the primary series.

hey, great news though on the arm balances! good for you. should help you get through all those vinyasas!
justwannabe2010-07-04 22:15:15 +0000 #4
a thought, are you meditating, doing breathing practices, mantras, any of the inner practices?
sarahy2010-07-04 22:48:38 +0000 #5
to whom are you asking the question?

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