Yoga Sutras of Patanjali 1:14: Practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break and in all earnestness.
Technique without application is useless. Yoga workshops are useful for gaining technique but without applying the technique on a daily basis, change will not happen. Instead of spending $200 on workshop after workshop after workshop, try spending $200 on a studio package that will allow you to practice every day with a teacher that will help you to apply the techniques from the previous workshop.
Sharath, the lineage holder of Ashtanga, says that having to many teachers equals crazy making. To many yoga workshops without a firm dedicated practice equals crazy making as well. You wind up with all of these techniques that have not been tested to be true in the fire of your own practice. To many untested techniques makes for an unsettled practice, a confused mind and takes away from the moving meditation experience.
“Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory”-Pattabhi Jois
Yoga workshops cannot replace commitment and dedicated practice. They cannot replace hard work done over time. You can take 10 handstand workshops but if you never practice handstand, it won’t matter. You can take every Ashtanga workshop that comes to town but if you don’t practice Ashtanga regularly, it won’t matter. Workshops cannot replace hard work and dedication. Get on your mat. Do the practice. Feel it in your body. Get first hand experience with the poses, the breath and the technique. Over time, you start to learn what works and what doesn’t. Then the ease comes.
Shanna Small has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga and studying the Yoga Sutras since 2001. She has studied in Mysore with Sharath Jois and is the Director of AYS Charlotte, a school for traditional Ashtanga in Charlotte NC. She has written for Yoga International and the Ashtanga Dispatch. Go here for more information on AYS Charlotte. For information on workshops, please e-mail email@example.com.