I’ve admitted here before that a main reason I started Ashtanga — and probably, really, yoga (as in asana) more generally — was as a means to improve the quality of my surfing.
And then time passed.
Seven or so years later, I’m still doing Ashtanga (and, happily enough, still surfing — though more of the former, less of the latter).
And it’s not just to keep me in the water. The reasons I’ve still practicing must include:
- The health benefits, which I’ve highlighted.
- Some sort of spiritual fulfillment, or those trips to India were sort of silly.
- To be honest (and she’s probably never heard me say it), it’s a shared experience for Bobbie and me.
- Related to the health benefits, what I hope is a bit more of a even-keeled, able-to-handle-stress, calm and reflective state of mind.
- The hope that one day I’ll actually touch my nose to my knee.
I suspect my experience of starting the practice for one reason and keeping going for another (or others) isn’t unusual. Anyone want to share what keeps them going, and what got them started. Did the practice have anything to do with the change? (I think the answer in my case is obvious.)
Posted by Steve