Why asana? Why Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga?
Ashtanga demands your attention and implores you to release expectations so that breath and movement can become one. It is beautiful to witness this practice humble such a gifted yogini. Thank you for sharing your practice with us at EYC Jess!
A piece of Jessica Aranda's yoga journey:
"I began my yoga journey 6 years ago. I was fortunate to be gifted with some natural strength and flexibility, so I didn't "need" an asana practice when it came to physically functioning or being pain-free in my daily life. Therefore, my primary reason for practicing ashtanga (which is a very challenging and athletic lineage that humbles me) with a very challenging and athletic teacher who humbles me, is not specifically to get more buff, or contort my body in crazy positions, but to challenge my nervous system. If I can, for example, do the pose pictured while keeping a steady breath and a calm nervous system, then that physical strength, flexibility, and most importantly, CALM, will transfer to mental/emotional strength, flexibility, and calm in my daily life, because the nervous system does not discriminate between the body and the mind. Our ego is the only thing that discriminates between the body and the mind.
I also immensely appreciate the EYC community (and the yoga community in general) because, although no human is perfect, yogis tend to have this beautiful inner drive to grow and overall better themselves physically, mentally and spiritually (despite the discomfort of growth and change) in order to make the world a better place. That is a quality I highly respect in others, and I love to surround myself with people like that.
Oh and also also, I practice yoga because it's fun! Can't forget that part."