in ashtanga yoga, you will have to wait before you can progress to another pose. my teachers say that your body will tell you when you are ready. as my practice is changing, so is my body. there is no need to hurry for your practice is a journey.
it has been three months now since i committed myself to practice ashtanga yoga for at least three times a week. there were days when i was so lazy to wake up before 6:30 am to practice in the shala. there were days when my body is just so tight and sore from going to the gym. looking back, my form is getting better and there is more fluidity in how i practice it. i still get breathless and i still pause from time to time.
last saturday, my teacher told me to just stop to what they taught me and go to the finishing sequence. in my mind, i wanted to do more. i wanted to do more poses. however, it is not yet time. my body is still not ready.
how many times in the past do we rush ourselves for some things in life? career choices. relationship status. decisions. we are often desiring to accomplish and achieve more in life at the expense of our health and happiness.
as with ashtanga, we need to breath. we need to do it in order and in a system. we need to listen to our bodies. we need to wait.