However comes to Mysore to practice Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois gets rather quickly accustomed to the ‘3D of Yoga’ to which Sharath, in the first instance, and Lakshmish (shala sanskrit teacher), as a consequence, always refer to:
In some way today I had the revelation of what those 3 words really mean! And as often in life, that came unexpectedly. I was playing with the picture you see attached when my attention was caught by the timing shown on it.
Many of you most likely don’t know how it works at K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore. So, here a brief explanation about the timing.
The clock in the shala is exactly 17 minutes ahead of real time, so as my practice on Mysore-style days (normally Monday to Thursday) is at 5.30am actually that means 5.12am. In addition, students are supposed to arrive 15 minutes earlier than their due time, sit down in the foyer and wait to be called in when their turn comes and as spots become free (yeah, there are so many practitioners indeed!). So in my case that means I’m expected to show up just before 5am. Consequently, my alarm is set at 3.30am, just the time to get up, shower, do a bit of warming up (though Sharath is against warming up, but this is a subject of another post maybe) and than head to the shala.
On Fridays and Sundays there is a little change to this routine… As there are no Mysore-style classes but led classes, 4.30am means actually 4h12… but in this case I usually get to the shala 45minutes ahead of time, and I’m already in good company sitting in the street waiting for the gate to the shala to be opened (did you see one of my earlier post on that?)… of course that is necessary only if you want to make sure you’re not going to do your practice in the restroom!! So alarm goes off at 2.30am… yes, 2.30am!!
Useless to say that to be able to get up at such early hours and still be able to feel rested enough to sustain the intensiveness of the asana practice that in some way here in Mysore it is always deeper than in my own country, you’re required to get a few hours of sound sleep. As a consequence, there are no late nights… ops, not even late evenings… I always thank God, the Devine and similars that here in India it gets dark around 7pm : )
So, isn’t all that Dedication, Determination and Devotion to the practice?