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I remember reading an article a few days back where the author was defending the idea that Ashtanga’s Primary Series is not just about forward folds and indeed has enough back-bending opportunities integrated into the sequence.

It explained how every Vinyasa, which has an Upward Facing Dog, is the students’ time in the practice to open up the back—which is true.!

Ashtanga, by the way, is one of the most traditional Yogic Sciences (I say science and not style, and you’ll know why soon enough) that are alive today. The Series is divided into six progressively intense sequences intended to cleanse the body and make it capable of withstanding the final surge of energies in meditation. It demands a life-long ( or many lifetimes) commitment. Just the Primary (the first series) can take anywhere between two to five years to master, still with room for improvement.

The practice is almost engineered for individual student depending on their capacities. So for an absolute beginner it would be just surayanamaskas (sun salutations) along with closing sequence, which is a complete practice in itself, still offering all the benefits of Yoga. As a student’s ease and comfort with it increases, new asanas are added slowly, guiding them into the ritual of practice.

However, this article made me wonder if the issue really was about the Primary Series not having a lot of back-bending asanas specifically. Technically this is true, as the series only has backbends in the end of the Primary sequence—and that just one asana (Urdhava Dhanurasana, wheel) along with its variations of drop backs and lifts.

I have to be honest here. I have struggled with my ego on this front in the past. A lot of my yogi friends who practice other styles can easily melt into Kapotasana and other more intense back bends that I have willingly given up as they are not the part of my sequence.

I am not in a hurry anymore to claim the Intermediate Series, because I am learning to “own” my practice, no matter how many or what asanas it includes, as I still get the physical and psychological benefits just by being consistent.

This, however, was not me originally.

Before I started this practice, I was the person who would pounce at a challenge. Claim the asana and seek tips and tricks to accelerate the process of achieving it.

I changed. And the change was so gentle and organic I didn’t even know how or when it happened. It made me wonder and gave me a chance to study my self and look at the reason behind this change. And here’s what I think is the reason: the Ashtanga Primary Series and its forward folds.

Ashtanga is such a dedicated and long path. Very often I see students brimming with enthusiasm (not necessarily in a bad way) in the beginning, willing to learn a new asana every day so that they can quickly “finish” the Series. They are stunned to learn how long it can take if you are starting from the scratch. The Primary Series has been designed so that you can stay on it for “Deerghakaal” (a very long time), slowly giving up all attachments and surrendering yourself to the practice and the teacher.

Have you noticed how Ashtangis display fierce loyalty toward their teachers? Earlier I used to wonder what sparked that. After a few years of practicing, I developed deep regards for my teacher (Saraswati Maaji) too, and I wondered if it was the sequence itself triggering it.

We are all told how the forward folds are associated with “Vairagya” Bhava, or complete surrender. I obviously can’t be sure, as I am hardly an authority on claiming it, but by personal experience I have begun to conclude that maybe the Series has a science behind it, which over years of consistent and (seemingly) gruesome routine somewhere sows the seed of surrender in practitioners. Perhaps the forward folds of the Primary Series; make sure that we do not give up on the path and attempt it every single day of our life with devotion and dedication. And when we are ready—with our mind cleared and humbled of all perceptions about what the practice is about—we are finally introduced to the Intermediate Series with its ample backbends. By then, we are ready to embrace the other aspects connected with it.


Some of the famous quotes by Shri. K Pattabhi Jois subtly point towards that direction too:

Do your practice and all is coming.

Yoga is 99 percent practice, one percent theory.

Body is not stiff. Mind is.

Like the phoenix bird, the Primary Series burns us down to ashes so that when we graduate to the Intermediate Series we are a new bird with a more flexible, cleansed mind and body. Willing to spread its wings and discover new dimensions of its body and mind, continuing on the never ending path of Yoga.

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When we embarked on our journey with YogiToday, we were consumed with converting our dream of Yoga. Anytime. Anywhere into plans! We were Founders and Clerks all at the same time. What had not dawned on us was how our lives were going to change when we came in contact with wonderful beings.

Our first event - YogiSeva brought us in touch with Pia Aanchal Dhir, a Yoga Teacher and Anubha Sharma of Angel Express Foundation. Pia was a brutally honest and vivacious while Anubha was quiet and strong! We loved doing the YogiSeva event with the Angel Express kids and would love to do more! 

Pia has done her time in this World and we will always remember her with lots of love and fondness as our first Yoga Teacher on the Tribe!  

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The world has never been easy. Its constantly changing . Just when you feel you are getting a hang of things it moves along. Most of us actually stumble along our lives rather than really living it. Something that can be done, however, is staying balanced through all of it. So that you can equally enjoy and endure everything life sends your way. Here are a few tips that can help-

1.     Stay active – It has to be number one. Exercise, walk, run, dance, hike, climb, fall…do what you like with this wonderful piece of equipment you have -your body. Using it more keeps it brimming with energy. Cells are busy doing repair, healing you every second of the day from within.


2.     Hit the outdoors– Nature, as against man made structures, has a calming effect on all living creatures. Feel the heat of the sun, the touch of wind, texture of dirt, temperature of water and enjoy the sensations of the elements which make you too.


3.     Be Grateful and Pray– This single-handedly can change your life. Being grateful about everything you have makes you enjoy what you have “now”, celebrating the present. Praying sends out your postive vibes to the world , bringing in more positivity back at you, like and echo.


4.     Sleep– at least 6-8 hours of sound untroubled sleep is a must to keep you functioning at optimum.


5.     Breathe– we all breathe all the time. But doing it with awareness makes you see the magic that resides within you. Your breath needs to be equanimous– Inhales and exhales of similar length. We normally inhale much more than what we exhale out and all the toxins get trapped within manifest later as diseases.


6.     Eat things with memory– Basically unprocessed and freshly cooked food. Include raw food in your diets too, that remember their original form and are as close to it as possible. Eat greens that are green without any artificial (or nature identical) coloring.


7.     Do more Yoga– more than what you might be doing now.


8.     Smile– as often as possible. To people you know and don’t know, acknowledge them. Let them know you see the light in them shining through.

9.     Meditate– even if its just for a few minutes a day. All successful people do this to reconfigure themselves everyday.


10.  Hydrate– Sadguru recently said that our body is 70% water and so is Mother earth. So to function well here, keep that balance of fluids optimum within you.


11.  Live your drive– find out what you love to do and do it more.


12.  Spend time with your loved ones– Sometimes people get so busy working that they forget what they started working for in the beginning. Keep the perspective in your mind clear.


At least weed out the ones who do not add value back to you and eat up into your limited time… live happily and balanced.

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