It is 04:30 I am drinking a cup of coffee. It is my favorite time of day, it is MY time. The birds do not begin stirring until about 05:00 and life starts to wind up.
The Ashtanga practice is not an easy yoga practice. It demands a significant deal of strength physically and mentally yet it also requires tremendous flexibility and not simply a flexible body, the mind is the most taxed part of this practice.
At first the physical aspect of the practice is what draws many of us in. We see circus acts of contorted strong bodies and think, ‘I could never do that’ (but in the back of our minds go, I WANT TO DO THAT!!!!) and so we take to practicing. It may be a while before a commitment takes over and practice becomes a weekly or daily part of our life, but this is where the flexibility comes in. What will you give up to get what you want? What aspect of your current life will change, what new habit will you create?