"be bold the mighty forces will come to your aid"
I am always surprised when a client tells me that they hydrate after strenuous exercise or work, by drinking water only. We lose much more than water when we sweat. Ashtanga and other hot yoga systems are dangerous without effective hydrating which cannot be achieved without mineralizing.
Often times when talking to ashtangis (A)that have been practicing for twenty years or less, they talk about how the series is done; this is the way you do the vinyasa for this particular asana, this asana comes before that one, nauli is never done during the asana practice, pranayama is done so many hours after or before asana practice and so on.
Those of us who love our physical yoga practice and that have been practicing for a long time have probably experienced some kind of discomfort or difficulty in the practice. This can be a low-level pain, a painful injury, an inability to physically comprehend an asana or a major setback in an asana that you could once do proficiently. The injury or setback could have come from poor technique but often is from functional problems with the structure of the body. Many of us have utilized chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, osteopathy or other healing modalities to remedy these situations.
Over the years I have heard some disparaging stories about Ashtanga yoga because of the intensity of the practice and the many stories of injuries. Part of the problem is that people with gifted bodies become teachers very quickly, not necessarily acquiring the intrinsic knowledge that is essential in a truly qualified teacher. It is easy to miss the forest for the trees as the body becomes impressively developed. Physically gifted neophytes are often more vulnerable to the ego running the program, whereas older, more experienced teachers have been humbled by time and practice.
We all have a part in this Divine play. In developing this web site my intention is to share what has come to me over the last 40+ years of practice and study. My intention is to share information and experiences that will help practitioners and teachers along their path. Paramahansa Yogananda did not give karma so much authority that it could not be changed or elevated. Just by reading this information, I hope the potential karma of future injury or ill health will transmute into perfection, although minimizing or lessening those possibilities will suffice.