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    Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

    I have been following this form of hatha yoga for a while, but I now have to move to London or Edinburgh to improve my studies, because the teaching here (in Aberdeen, Scotland) is so poor.

    There is an excellent market for yoga teachers, but a poor market for yoga students beyond a basic level.

    I always thought that I could just take my practise with me and thrive anywhere, but in fact I must have access to teachers who can further my practise.

    I face the prospect of having to move to an expensive part of London in order to move on. Ideally, I have to be living close to Triyoga, London's largest centre for Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

    I also have to go out to Mysore to study with the head guru Pattabhi Jois every year, a duty which I neglected for several years in a misguided attempt to study for a humanities degree.

    So, this year, I want to make up for it. I want to be in Mysore for October, November, December, January, February and March, the maximum time that we are allowed to spend in Mysore per year, and to hell with the financial consequences!

    I do not suppose that my problem is unique here.

    Who else has felt that their wordly life has interfered too much with their 'sport'? If so, how did you manage this?

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    I have made the desicion to move to the Chalk Farm area of London to be close to Triyoga, and to go as quickly as possible.

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    Have you received diksha into any particular tradition? I want to receive diksha, and receive formal instruction, but I don't agree with reform movements like Brahmo Samaj, or Arya Samaj. It is very hard to find a proper Shakta guru.
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    Yes, I received my mantra from one of Maharishi Mahesh Yogis disciples.

    I paid through the nose for it, £1280, but my teacher is fabulous and totally psychic herself, and as soon as I heard it, I knew it was my mantra, and it has been of invaluable help to me. It has seen me through some pretty tough times, illnesses and depression.

    I was skeptical right until I heard it for the first time. Since then, other paths have not really appealed to me. I can take my mantra anywhere and meditate on it anywhere and it keeps my day in order.

    Pattabhi Jois of Ashtanga fame is a vaishnav himself but he will teach anyone but muslims.

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    I am very fortunate that I live in an area with many fine Yoga schools and teachers of Ashtanga Vinyasa, within' a twenty mile radius, of where I live.

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    Once you have the basics I don't know why you would need a lot of instruction. You can find things and improve on your own.

    I'm not big into yoga. I like to do some basic yoga in my routine to help keep my body healthy which helps keep my mind and spirit healthy in turn. Usually in martial arts you do basic stretches and postures to warm up with which is basically yoga. But in regards to martial arts and chi gong and various exercises of the like yes I've had a great deal of trouble practicing them. I can't find schools that will train properly for one, two they are too expensive and schools are always moving, going out of business etc. It's become such a hassel. In reality most of this knowledge should be passed along family lines or among clans. Each group should have their own system and teach their children. Anything that is commercialized and done for profit becomes corrupted.

    I see the "hobbies" as part of my religion though (Asatru). I have studied a great deal of medical in college and realize a lot of the value in these practices. In order for our bodies to be healthy we need to do such stretches and exercises. Its too much to explain here but its just basic good health. I find meditation, exercise, and ability to defend yourself all interelated to living a healthy lifestyle. I consider Asatru to be a religion of living the right way- a healthy way. I find a lot of inspiration from the East. "live well and improve daily" is a Japanese folk saying yet it fits Asatru's ideal of self improvement perfectly. I think Europeans had systems like this but Christianity oppressed the old knowledge so it wasn't able to grow or be preserved in Europe, now we must relearn some of it from the East and adapt it to ourselves.

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    I found a very good, short, basic Yoga video on "You Tube", for those interested. It's less than five minutes!

    http://www.5min.com/Video/How-to-Relax-with-Yoga-3951

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