The Obsessing Ashtangi

Ashtanga and Other Things - Paul Gold's Blog


I am very pleased that my previous post, The Despairing Ashtangi, was so well received. I appreciate everyone’s feedback and am glad that people found the post inspiring and supportive. The prevailing theme of the comments was “I’ve sure been there.”

A quick recap if you’re just joining the discussion…

In the practice of Ashtanga Yoga, we have to proceed through series of growth spurts and plateaux. We naturally improve up to a point and then appear to stall. And recall my mention of David Foster Wallace, referring to competitive tennis in his 1996 novel, Infinite Jest. He said, “the only way to get off the plateaus (sic) and climb to the next [level]… is with a whole lot of… repetitive practice and patience and hanging in there.”

Now what becomes of the Ashtangis who are either unwilling or unable to surrender and hang in there? What…

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