One rarely knows what one’s life journeys will bring. For us, things only became clear after returning to Romania.

After many years of traveling both eastward and westward—to India, Nepal, Thailand and also to North America and western Europe, we realized we had been gifted the boundlessness of the Mahayana as well as with a practice to sustain it.

The practice took the form of the “eight-fold yoga”- Patanjalacharya’s Ashtanga Yoga, propagated through Sri Krishnamacharya, reaching us through his descendants—Nancy Gilgoff, Richard Freeman, Godfrey Devereaux, and of course the master himself, Sri K.Pattabhi Jois.

Patanjalacharya’s Ashtanga Yoga is a monumental life-long project. Its structure is set out in the Yoga Sutras, in four parts consisting of one hundred and ninety six aphorisms/threads, which form and direct the shape of the many currents of yoga.

Out of the eight branches of Ashtanga, three of these take shape as Hatha Yoga- the Asanas (Postures), Pranayama (working with the breath) and Pratyahara (withdrawing the senses from external objects).

These can be taught, and mastered. More difficult are the remaining five.

Through the practice of Hatha Yoga, working through the experiential reality of the body and breath, guided by concentration, we set a firm foundation for opening to the experience of Samaadhi, and liberation from the ups and downs of cyclic existence.

The door of Yoga however, cannot be forced, and will not yield “results” as dictated by the ego. There is no “attainment”, no competitive grasping, no higher levels that “I” must reach.

Yoga is more like a continuous process, allowing us feedback of where we already are. With dedicated practice however, our focus is found to be clearer, our vision—broader—(a leaner, more flexible and stronger body is not completely out of the question either 😉

Our teachers constantly remind us: the door of Yoga can only be entered through kindness and compassion- to ourselves and others. Achievement in Yoga means learning to let go of the notion of achievement.

It is the probably one of most important thing we learned.
irene & geo.

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