Ashtanga Yoga is Not Easy
“Ashtanga is not easy – we all know that. But if you really want to do it, you have to surrender. You have to find a way to be kind, or else you won’t progress in any of the limbs, not just the asanas. You’ll keep going backwards, and you’ll get injured physically and spiritually,” PJ Adams explains.
This journey to acceptance and to surrender for PJ started in summer 2015 when she signed up for a one-week Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training at Maya Yoga. At this time, PJ had already been practicing and teaching other styles of yoga for over a decade. But her yoga and her worldview was ripe for expansion. And expand it did.
“The best mental shift I’ve had through practicing Ashtanga is a greater kindness to myself. I think this shift has come with age, but I do believe that Ashtanga accelerated the shift.”
Through this shift, PJ examined her career as a dental hygienist and learned how to incorporate her knowledge of Ayurveda, the medicinal science of yoga. Her accelerated kindness toward herself helped her accept her personal doshic qualities and how her strengths can be blessings to her patients.
PJ Adams graduated from the 2016 200-hour Maya Yoga Teacher Training; she appreciated the integrity of the training to pass down the 8 limbs of the Ashtanga system and is committed to personal practice and continued svadhyaya.
Her kindness to herself will continue: “[with] my inward energies, I will keep focused on keeping the Eight Limbs present in my daily life, studying Sanskrit, and striving toward giving the best of myself to others.”
Thank you, PJ, for reminding us all to give the best to ourselves.