Chuck Miller: What’s more profound than practicing Ashtanga — studying it

This post seems new, although I think the workshop with Chuck Miller it refers to happened earlier in the summer.

Still, it includes some quotes from one of the early Western students for you to absorb. Link is right here, and just two of the quotes:

“A lot of us practice Ashtanga but there is something more profound, which is actually to study Ashtanga. Ashtanga is a truly profound method and there is a lot of teachings contained into Ashtanga. I think our practice should help us unfold that.”


“It may sound self-indulgent, but when you practice Yoga you are not only doing something for yourself,  but you are also doing something for everyone else—for your family, for your community, for the planet. The power of personal practice is huge—probably the most powerful thing anyone of us can do.”

I’m tempted to contrast the second one with one from Guruji, which I’ve heard as: “You take care of your anus, the universe will take care of itself.” Rather than that being an abdication of responsibility, I think of it more as minding what we really can control. And, again rather than a contrast — I think at the most surface level that seems to be there — the combo may be a reminder that if we do mind what we can control, including tilling our fertile soil via a consistent sadhana, then the universe would be able to take care of itself.

I guess that’s pretty powerful.

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

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