Ashtanga yoga benefits

What is the biggest lesson that Ashtanga Yoga has taught me so far?

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before I started practicing my lifestyle

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was very much one I guess kind of like a

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just you know it’s kind of standard like

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Canadian American guy lifestyle you know

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but I was always very physical like into

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different types of sports like

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snowboarding rock climbing mountain

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biking I always loved being active

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I’d heard about yoga as a type of what I

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thought was just exercise and I was

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trying to look at different forms you

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know things that I could do to stay

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healthy actually I was in Edmonton one

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day and I was walking like past a yoga

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studio and it said Ashtanga Yoga and I

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thought it was just a regular class and

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I went in there and it was Ramin Perot

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and he he was running the stronger

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program and Edmonton there and I walked

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in and so I walked into like a Mysore

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room I could tell there was a difference

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in that studio actually like it was like

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okay this isn’t like a fitness place

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this is like a you know that picture

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krishnamacharya on the wall who I didn’t

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know that was at the time I could feel

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the difference you know and I was like

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okay like it and then story things were

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starting to like I was starting to clue

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in like you know that there’s layer

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levels and differences within this thing

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called yoga you know practice of yoga

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has benefited my life in many different

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ways

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and it keeps unfolding you know as the

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years and years go on and I think you

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know maybe the reasons you start out in

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the beginning are the same reasons that

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you keep going or that you have now you

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know it’s it’s kind of hard to know what

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you’re in for and some maybe that’s also

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a good thing in the beginning because I

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yeah you go through a transformation and

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it works you know very subtly and slowly

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but I guess the biggest one of the

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biggest benefits that I know for me is

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that it just gives me this space every

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day to look within using the like the

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structure and the system of Ashtanga in

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order to like watch what’s going on in

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my mind it’s gonna show you how you live

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the the 23 hours before if you didn’t

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get enough sleep you’re gonna know it if

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you weren’t eating properly you’re gonna

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know it if you’re sitting in a desk all

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day you’re gonna feel it you know so it

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it’s this thing that like keeps you

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honest it’s like you have to make sure

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especially as you get older right

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because it’s like you get away with less

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there’s different types of injuries you

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can go through right like some some that

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are very straightforward like a broken

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bone you you kind of have like an end

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date it’s like well it’s probably gonna

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be healed by this time but like when you

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go through something that’s that you

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don’t know what the cause is or where

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it’s coming from like a back injury

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right it was the one that with you which

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is the one that I went through that’s

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that’s route can be really scary because

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it’s like you don’t know what what’s me

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like hurting it what’s helping it and

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how to how to fix it and everything

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right basically you know okay look in

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your practice you’re given postures and

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you keep getting them you know like and

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then at some point you get to your last

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posture with you and your teacher and

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you have to work there right and then

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it’s kind of assumed okay well I’ll just

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keep working here and then I’ll get the

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next posture

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you never think oh well actually maybe

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this time you’re not you’re gonna go

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back the other way yeah that started to

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happen to me right it was like okay all

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of a sudden I started to lose postures I

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couldn’t do them anymore ones that I had

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been able to do before it was harder and

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harder and harder and I kept going down

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down down and my back started hurting

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more and more in it so right there you

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really faced with the challenge for the

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ego especially because if you’ve

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identified at all with the good

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practices being able to do postures then

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now you’re you’re going into the shala

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you can’t do the postures this is the

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part where I’m gonna learn I’m gonna

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like get past this and then I’m gonna

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I’m gonna understand it more right so

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yeah but keeping that motivation is is

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really difficult luckily like I had you

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know the support of my community at 8yv

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and especially Fiona like my teacher she

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was there like saying like you know

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you’ll get through this

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you’ll don’t worry you’ll figure it out

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and stuff like that and from from that

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spot from like laying on my back

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breathing and then rebuilding my

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practice right from the very beginning

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up until like where I am now was it’s

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completely changed it’s a it’s a whole

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new experience than to what my practice

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was like before that injury if you go to

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that spot and all of a sudden you can do

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surya namaskar be like it’ll be the best

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Surya Namaskar b of your life because

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like you appreciate it so much

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yeah I mean it was different growing up

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in her practicing and out in Alberta

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because it’s not widely at the time it’s

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getting different now but at the time it

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wasn’t widely accepted to do yoga like

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none of my friends were doing it there

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was no yoga studios around me like now

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that I look back those five years of

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practicing by myself yeah it it actually

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gives me such faith in the process of

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what like yoga asana can do for somebody

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because it allows you to listen in to

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yourself and act independently of

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external circumstances and so I started

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doing yoga and it brought me in it made

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me make decisions in my life to move to

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a place where I could have a community

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you know so yeah you just start and then

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you see what happens gonna

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you

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you

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