“You can’t change this world but you canchange yourself.” – Sharath Jois
There are millions of āsanas, and only God knows them all. They are named for many living beings. We know only a few but thinkwe are masters. The āsanas in our practice our divided into three differentlevels: primary series, intermediate series, and advanced series. Sharathexplained that a new student can’t just begin with advanced series. Preliminary āsanas are there first to gain good health and flexibility. Changes come to prepare us for the next āsana, the next series. We shouldbe patient. Sometimes we seek out teachers who give many āsanas quicklyand think they will be very good teachers, but it’s all just marketing. Sharath referred to Abhyāsa, a daily and consistent practice, as the waywe can develop stability in the body and mind. Some students come in flexibleas noodles but have no strength. Others need flexibility.
Guruji said if we did an āsana 1,000times we can perfect that āsana. Back-bending drop backs are importantfirst because they require much strength in the back and the legs. Thisprepares us to do intermediate backbending like Kapotāsana. We should notrush these openings. We should give it time because rushing will alwayscause injuries. Sharath relayed that he was in one āsana for two years. Gurujiwould sit on a stool and do his prayers near Sharath while he practiced. For two years he ended at the same posture. One day Guruji lookedup and said he should do the next one. Being patient gives us time to getbalanced. If we begin doing handstands too soon, it makes the shoulderstoo tight for Kapotāsana, for example. Intermediate series, Nāḍī Śodhana,is more intense but gets easier because of the things learned in primaryseries. Finally, addressing Sthira Bhāga, or advanced series, Sharathsays we develop even more stability through arm balances, deep backbending, andthe work of lifting the body.
Guruji说,如果我们做一个āsana做1000遍，我们可以把它做完美。首先水滴后弯很重要,因为它们需要很多背部和腿部的力量。这为我们做中级后弯（如Kapotāsana）做准备。我们不应该将这些空缺。我们应该给它时间因为匆忙会导致受伤。Sharath讲述,他曾在一个体式上停留两年。Guruji坐在凳子上,会做他的祈祷Sharath在他身边练习。两年来,他都是停在同一体式。一天Guruji抬头一看,说他应该做下一个。耐心给了我们时间去平衡。如果我们开始做手倒立太早,会使得Kapotāsana肩膀太紧。比如，中级序列,NāḍīŚodhana更强烈,但变得更容易,因为初级序列的时候打好了基础。最后,解决Sthira Bhāga,或高级序列,Sharath说我们通过手臂平衡，深度后湾, 提升身体，建立身体的稳定。