The ultimate value of the Ashtanga yoga method is how it cleans the lens through which we see ourselves and shows us who we are. As we commit to take some time daily to check in and connect we begin to learn about ourselves in an intimate way. The practice offers us a mirror to discover and uncover what is there, what has always been there. The practice is our most valuable teacher, exposing us to all of our parts. As we stay engaged and curious, the self study offered by our commitment to daily practice ultimately connects us to our most authentic Selves
From the heart sutra, gaté, gaté expresses the idea of going beyond…moving beyond. Ashtanga yoga, on the surface looks like a sequence of postures that is meant to challenge us physically. As important as the physical practice is, it serves as a gateway to the other more subtle aspects of our Being. The postures stretch the body, but also the mind as we reach for shapes that we never thought possible and this challenges our old conditioning and false beliefs that we have taken to be who we actually are. Daily practice strengthens areas of weakness in the body and mind and moves us beyond self limiting beliefs and misunderstandings that we have taken to be true. By stretching beyond what is most familiar, and making the impossible possible, we uncover lost parts and slowly, slowly we heal.
There is something quite beautiful about delving into your own sadhana yet having a community of people who are there with you, doing the same practice. The Mission Ashtanga community has an intimate and supportive energy. Some of us have been together for over 15 years and it shows in the warmth and openness of the room.
Each individual’s unique body, disposition, and spirit is honored. The teacher’s role is to align with each student, meeting them where they are, as they are, and helping to foster indepedence and autonomy. When we are fully seen, without pretense or agenda, we are given space to find our unique expression. We may be practicing the same sequence, but we are having uniquely individual experiences and this is where the healing lies.
Committed practice over a long period of time, done with devotion, reaps results. Devorah is deeply devoted to her Ashtanga practice for the simple reason that it works. She has had a committed daily practice for the past 29 years. She teaches with longevity in mind. She wants your practice to sustain you for a lifetime.