|Ramaswami with his teacher of thirty plus years, Krishnamacharya|
Changes take place all the time. Patanjali recognizes three changes or transformations called parinama-s.One is changes in a person due to circumstances called avastha parinama. Then the changes that come about due to efflux of time called lakshana parinama. Then of course transformations brought about by specific individual efforts on oneself. These specific activities which help to brings about fundamental changes of dormant but inherent qualities or dharmas are called dharma parinama-- like with yogic practice one is able to transform a habitually distracted mind to a mind or chitta which can remain in a state of intense focus called ekagrata. This transformation is called ekagrata parinama......
I just watched this video from David Garrigue on Flexibility within the Ashtanga Lineage and it reminded me of a post I thought I had put up a few months back. Turns out it was still sitting there in draft unposted. Thought I would just add David's video as well as another post I wrote on this topic a few years ago.
The video below was originally a Live Periscope...... thing (what do you call those, video, Live stream?).
"Many of us make our way through our daily practice, doing the best we can within our given set of circumstances. We each have to contend with our too long list of outer and inner obstacles, as well as physical and psychological limitations. And as if simply facing the challenges of daily practice were not enough, many of us faithfully do our daily version of practice and yet still we feel somehow unworthy, like fakes or a phony's, like somehow our efforts aren't good enough, our practices not deep, committed, strong, fluid enough.......
These were some of thoughts that came up around the periscope talk on flexibility within the ashtanga system that I gave a few days ago. I answered the question of a 61 year old woman with some serious physical limitations who was feeling the way many of us feel as described above. Believing these feelings almost succeeded in causing her to quit practicing. She wrote me after tuning into the broadcast, and told me that she took 'copious notes'! Here's her summary of my message to us all who are part of the ashtanga lineage:
1. I can do Ashtanga with all my limitations. Everyone has something (the too long list! "we are all pregnant") I am not alone.
2. Do the best I can with what I have.
3. It doesn’t have to be exacting if it is sincere and serious.
4. I can be part of the Ashtanga family".
Here's the post that's been sitting in draft.
I was asked if practicing a reduced practice and departing somewhat from the Ashtanga sequence(s) constituted a departure from the Ashtanga tradition/lineage.....