|Ganges from here|
This reminded me of the several times I considered something similar, changing my blog title to somehow reflect the changing focus of my practice.
Also because I know it irritates some who are concerned that it can be misleading and I don't really want to spoil their day.
Of course we probably use the term Ashtangi out of convenience, it's better than Yogi and less clumsy than saying each time...
" I practice an approach to yoga as presented by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois that became referred to as Ashtanga".
Although my practice is strongly influenced by Vinyasa krama...in fact I think of Ashtanga as a Vinyasa Krama of Ashtanga (???????)
But then Ashtanga is also the term generally used to denote the Classical yoga method as presented by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras, Ashtanga here meaning eight limbs.
When Jois Yoga came about part of me was hoping for a re branding of Ashtanga as Jois Yoga, then we could say that Jois Yoga is a style of Ashtanga yoga.
But only part of me as the whole concept of rebranding or branding in general is rather nauseating
In a recent post I wrote
"But I still think of myself as an Ashtangi"
or was it
"But I still think I'm practicing Ashtanga"
One or the other.
And it's true I think of my practice as somewhere within that Classical yoga tradition, as far as I understand it ( old use of tradition as Ancient intended here, not the more current usage that can suggest only a couple of generations), working at those limbs, the first five directly and dipping my toes in the sixth.
So I think of myself as a Classical Ashtangi? That sounds even more pompous.
"I have a yoga practice of a sorts and Yoga to me generally means Patanjali Ashtanga".
"But I still think of myself as an Ashtangi...as practicing Ashtanga".
There it is Again.
But I do. I still think of myself as practicing Ashtanga....modern Ashtanga...in a Vinyasa Krama/Krishnamacharya Makaranda vein.
My Mysore is somewhere between the pages (and lines) of Yoga Makaranda
But there again we often part company.
I tend to think of Ashtnga, modern Ashtanga as taught by Krishnamacharya to, for Example, Pattabhi Jois who then taught it to Manju and others and then to the visitors to Mysore, Norman Allan, David William's, Nancy Gilgoff and so on and so up to Sharath and then through Sharath to the current crop of young and not so young Ashtangi's.
Now some would want us to refer to Ashtanga perhaps as denoting how it is taught by Sharath currently in Mysore.
I prefer to think of it as a River metaphor. Krishnamacharya is up river somewhere. Further downstream we have all those names mentioned above who were taught and have appropriated their Ashtanga in slightly different ways ( see the Guruji book).
|Corse of the Ganges ..which is constantly changing of course.|
And I'm swimming around in that river of Ashtanga, sometimes going against the current, sometimes allowing myself to float downstream or be tossed about into what other aspects of a river somebody more knowledgeable about rivers might think of to improve the metaphor.
OK. Clumsy post and I'm late for work..but does it strike a chord with anyone or can you make a better job of illuminating this?
Link to details of the movie
All rivers are connected, Ganges, Ister, Thames
"Forthwith a change came over the waters, and the serenity became less brilliant but more profound. The old river in its broad reach rested unruffled at the decline of day, after ages of good service done to the race that peopled its banks, spread out in the tranquil dignity of a waterway leading to the uttermost ends of the earth".
Conrad. Heart of Darkness