I HATE ASTANGA YOGA
i have been reading a very umm...interesting blog lately. i try very hard to be open minded, to listen to all opinions so i can understand my own beliefs. everyone on the internet has an opinion.
one particular article,
kind of captivated me. the very first line of the post is
I don't accept Sharath as my Guru.
which is ok. you can still do astanga without taking sharath as your personal teacher. (let us remember that the translation of guru is teacher).
his statement, in BOLD letters was probably there to lure us to his blog. other articles are about his journey.
i did not choose sharath as my teacher either. but i respect him, accept him as guruji's successor, and have continued to practice for 20 years now.
i guess i was a little offended by what he followed that statement up with. after calling everything including himself fake, he dumps on the entire system of astanga yoga, sharath, and everyone who is devoted to it's practice.
"My dear friend, you continue to purify yourself, follow ashtanga yoga. You are an ashtangi because your eyes are still closed. The day you open your eyes you will see there is nothing you can learn from Sharath or any other yoga teacher.
What then is the practice for? To make you see the uselessness of having one!
Ashtanga, as it is practice today, is about staying comfortably asleep. But now it has new twist, the Guru has decided to establish himself as the ashtanga yoga God."
he claims he practiced for 10 years. what happened? why is he blaming the system like SO many others who fall of the path do? could it be something else that failed? hmm...when you are superficial & don't know it, it can be enlightening to find out the truth about yourself.
i honestly think that's what happens. i have written about practicing yoga because you want to. not because you expect it to glorify your life. or make you buff & in the writer's words "younger looking so i am more successful on my online dating sites" (i'm paraphrasing for i can't read anymore of the blog). he includes a long list of those sites on his exploring dreamstate blog. dreamstate is not one word. this sets the tone of the blog, which is riddled with grammar errors either because the writer's first language is not english or he's too lazy to proofread.
i guess i'm a little pissed. does it show? why? why do i protect this yoga-defend it?
i read this shit because i like to question myself. am i one of those people that he writes about?
hell no. i would hope that my ego would soften after all of the years of daily practice. most people i have known/met that have a daily astanga practice do not have huge egos at all. stick with it & work hard long enough & yoga will do what it is supposed to do.
how do people continue to miss this point?
this delightful blog post which i'm sure you will read ends with his world view. enjoy.
"if you don't see that than you're blind. But... you are not blind, you are only an ashtangi because your eyes are closed."
in the words of todd rundgren
Open my eyes for a little while, little while
Make me forget all the things I see
Till then, till then don't know what is happening
Till then don't know, don't care what I'm seeing
Stand and stare until I go blind
Will you open my eyes"