I’ve finished day 11 of my 14 day Ashtanga Primary Series Training with
yoga god Tim Miller. It started as a love-hate relationship with the practice since day 1 but I can now say that I’m getting teary eyed as I count down the days left. I’ve learned so much about my body, about yoga traditions, deities, chants and vedic astrology but the most important thing I’ve learned is when does a Joe Smoe Yogi get the right to call herself/himself an Ashtangi?
You know when you’ve become an Ashtangi when:
1. you realize mula bandha is the answer to everything.
2. ”You do!” is the only modification and prop you need to get into ANY pose.
3. you know nasagra is not a sushi roll.
4. you have an urge to go to Mysore.
5. you don’t understand any cue that has to do with the heart such as open, shine, express.
6. you hear the words ‘Ashtanga Police’ and your mula bandha engages.
7. you can count in sanskrit.
8. you find navasana as the real resting pose… sorry downdog.
9. you have no bad fat, but may be a bad man or a bad woman.
10. you think people look cute in garbha pindasana.
11. you have a skinny or easy side.
12. you celebrate moon days.
13. you actually like being tied up, bounded, and told what to do.
14. you are categorized by your series.
15. (ladies) for once in your life, you’re grateful for your ladies holiday.
16. you have the urge to cry when you come up from your first drop back and will give your teacher a big juicy kiss.
17. waking up at 6am is considered sleeping in.
18. you own a yoga rug because yogi toes towels get wrinkled and bunched up during jump thrus and jump backs.
19. you have a high pain tolerance but won’t admit that ‘no pain no gain’ is your mentality… you just call it devotion instead.
20. you like routine… you never get bored with the primary series, day in and day out.
21. you’re proud of your chaturanga sculpted arms but you won’t admit it.
22. your serious and emotionless face can’t be broken, even if you found mula bandha that made you “tingle all over.”
23. your yoga practice becomes a yoga addiction.
24. you’ve passed the first series: You Know You’ve Become a Yogi When
25. your non-ashtangi friends (or anyone for that matter) think you’re insane.
I think I’m almost on the edge of being insane I love my new Ashtangi friends.