Yogic Fever Part II

A new episode of yogic fever (aka, the flu) unfolded.

Being sick in bed again, gets me thinking. Firstly, I really need to bundle up on the motorbike! Secondly, of the importance of being flexible, of adapting to what is.

It would be my preference to be with you in the Shala, teaching and practicing and sharing the beauty of Ashtanga and some chit chat (in the kitchen area!). Sometimes life has different plans though, and instead of being in the school with you, I am stuck in bed.

Luckily the ladies, Gema, Tanya and Álex, are in charge of the ship. That, I am really grateful for, and it frees up headspace to scroll through Instagram from the boredom of my bed.

In doing so, I’ve found this gem from Ty Landrum, Director of The Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. It seems fitting because it speaks of setbacks, acceptance and transformation within the context of Ashtanga yoga. I am sure many of you will relate to the wisdom of his words. I definitely do.

I paste the excerpt from Ty’s post below. As long as the flu is concerned, I’ll be back in the Shala in a couple of days :)

Love, Carmen


Is Ashtanga Too Linear?

Ashtanga practitioners never have it easy. The learning curve for the Primary Series is steep, and those who scale it with fervor are likely to suffer aches and pains along the way. Injuries and setbacks, together with feelings of hopeless and despair, are not uncommon. But practicing through these obstacles can be profound. The Ashtanga Vinyasa practice is designed to expose our aggressions, vanities and conceits, and to reveal the depth and absurdity of our attachments to false ideas of progress. When we see these for what they are, we become more transparent to ourselves, and we open ourselves to opportunities for deep emotional release.

These are the real obstacles—not the demands of the practice (which are always malleable anyway) but the demands that we make on ourselves. And when we work through these demands, by learning to cultivate an atmosphere of compassion toward our bodies and minds, we find ourselves with something far more valuable than what we originally wished. Instead of that romanticized practice, in which we align each posture with surgical precision and leonine prowess, we find ourselves with a practice that allows us to embrace ourselves, just as we are, and to savor the simple but profound experience of being alive, and feeling deeply into the moving, breathing body.

If you wish to learn more about Ty, you may check The Yoga Workshop website