DR. JARRY'S PRACTICE
DR. JARRY'S ASHTANGA STORY
The first time I did Ashtanga yoga, I thought I would die of exhaustion. Like many people, I thought that yoga was all about stretching. Not Ashtanga! It requires flexibility and that comes with time. But the big challenge for me was the strength. Ashtanga requires a lot of it! I was stunned, I had been running for 30 years, and thought I was strong. I had no idea what strength was about to mean for me. I remember practising
day after day, and becoming entirely drenched in sweat after about 10 minutes every time. This went on for about a year. As I got stronger, I started sweating less.
Other funny things that happened to me as I developed my strength and balance was falling off my mat. I used to keel over with a small “ou,” it was actually quite amusing. In workshops, when the teacher would ask me to do something, I was certain I would plunge to my death and voiced this quite openly, but I did it, nevertheless. And guess what happened? I improved. Now, I have strength, balance and flexibility, more than ever before in my life.
The other unexpected benefits of Ashtanga yoga for me were a clear improvement in my concentration and the achievement of a calm, poised mind. I did not see these two coming. I started Ashtanga just for physical fitness and that, I certainly got. But the mental benefits were a surprise. It continues to surprise me how I can read things and understand what I read so much faster and more easily. I also work steadily and very productively. I think it's because now, I approach my work with a calm mind. I don’t panic anymore. I just do what I need to do until it's done. So, I became very curious about what, in my yoga practice, had changed my mind so much. What changed my body was evident, it's what changed my mind that I did not know. This is why I am researching yoga.