On some level, learning Ashtanga Yoga is really like learning musical scales. When we’re beginning to play saxophone or piano, we learn the notes, something about the relationship between those notes, and certain sequences of those notes. And in the same way, when we’re learning the practice of gesture as yoga, we learn the poses, their orders and their breath count. ⠀
But it’s also more than scales, akin to a mantra practice in which there is rhythmicity, incantation, and also a reverence towards the form. The Ashtanga Yoga sequence it seems ebb and flow between these two - scale #practice and mantra practice - allowing for shared and agreed-upon conventions, worship and also making space for something entirely new, intuitive and sacred to transcend. ⠀
For us it’s always been that if our minds are wandering, we can return to the sequence for stability, #ealing, homeostasis, and as a place to rest in and call home. ⠀
Join us in practice to gesture our bodies, to stretch the minds, to share together under the rhythms of counting, the sound of our breaths, the deft value of our awareness (both where we focus, and the earnest care with which we place the awareness).
*images of Milford Graves, about whom there is a wonderful documentary, currently streaming on Amazon: The Full Mantis