According to a blog by Florence Yoga, Nancy Gilgoff said:
“You have to do this practice every day, six days a week with moon days off (and menses off if you are a woman) in order for it to work.”
Last weekend, Nancy went so far to say that you shouldn’t even call yourself an Ashtanga practitioner if you don’t have a daily practice.
-Daily practice can be as short as 15 minutes. It does not need to take up an hour to 90 minutes of your day. (Although she did add that you should practice with a teacher as much as possible.)
– You can set aside 15 minutes every day you can’t get to the studio to do 3 to 5 Sun Salute A’s, 3 Sun Salute B’s, and the three closing postures (see images, below) followed by 5 minutes of rest.
-You don’t need to do your practice in the morning, although for most people that’s the best time. You certainly don’t need to wake up at 3am like some folks do. You can practice in the evening if that works better.
-The day you take off doesn’t have to be the traditional Saturday day of rest; take off the day that is most convenient for you.
What do you think?
Picture from Ashtanga Picture Project contributer
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.