Its impossible to pinpoint every little movement in ashtanga yoga. Sometimes it’s difficult remembering what pose comes next let alone the many intricacies of a dynamic body. To prevent aversion it’s best, in the beginning, to keep practice light, simple, gradual and intentional.
Like good, healthy, nourishing food, yoga is simple. In the Ashtanga yoga method, we use the three simple and easy pillars to guide us through the primary series. These three key elements are called tristhana. These three pillars are gazing point (drisit) breathing in and out of the nose with sound (pranayama) and the yoga poses (asana.)
By keeping it simple and always coming back to these three foundational principles your mind will begin to gain clarity. In that clarity, those moments of forgetting in practice will start to go away. Furthermore, after a while of steady practice, the body will be ready for seated meditation. If you’re laughing and shaking your head, well friend, you’re in for a treat. Practicing tristhana at its deepest level begins to reprogram our ability to focus. More on the science of this coming soon.
If we practice Ashtanga then over time the ability to remain clear and focused develops naturally. Less junk in the mind trunk! If you’re new to yoga or curious about starting, a simple way to feel the benefits of a practice is to tune into your breath. By doing this you’ve already started on the first pillar! Easy peazy.