Sunday, July 15, 2007

Profound Simplicity

I spoke to Guruji about fear, he told me to concentrate on my breathing. I thought, “come on man, give me something else to chew on, give me a secret”, but there is no secret, there is only profound simplicity...

To me the power of the Ashtanga System as taught by this great man is transmitted in insightful broken English:

“You take Practice, You think God!”

“You... BREATH... You!”

“You taking Practice... Practice, Practice, all is coming!”

To me this is the heart of the Ashtanga system; it has nothing to do with radically advanced bodily contortions, yet everything to do with them... “The practice itself is the teacher”. And gratefully, with the guidance of Sri K, Pattabhi Jois (including Sharath and Saraswathi) and the great teachings of Sri O.P. Tiwari, I have a personal practice to learn from.

Any teachings I can offer come from these great yogis. Om, Sri Gurubyo Namah.