A stiff body has a good potential for learning Yoga. A flexible body is usually more caught up in Bhoga [over-indulgence].
Saraswathi Rangaswamy, daughter of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamy’s mother, launched her own website this month, Saraswathi Ashtanga.
She has many insights into Ashtanga, women and family responsibility from a feminine point of view. Each page of Saraswathi’s site is well-worth reading. Her site is infused with the gentle wisdom, kindness and humor of the Jois family.
It took me ten years to learn the asanas well, then two children to forget about it, but the Yogic experience I got from that was more than any asana could ever give me.
Sharath was a real weakling in his early years, he did not like going to school and would be home for months on lying sick in his bed.
The main subjects are:
- Saraswathi – describing her life with yoga intertwined throughout. She has been teaching since 1971 and in 1986 was criticized for teaching women and men together.
- Insights – wisdom from Saraswathi, like “Everybody speaks about the greatness of my father. Yes now he is great, but does anybody know what sufferings he went through in order to come to where he’s at today?”
- Feminine Perspective – wisdom specifically related to women’s traditional responsibilities, like:
Men are stronger than women physically, but women are more talented yogis.
The site also lists Saraswathi’s teaching schedule and contact information. It specifically states that Saraswathi welcomes beginning Ashtanga students. She teaches her own class every day after assisting her father, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She has an ever increasing dedicated following.
Plus it’s a beautifully designed site with plenty of great photos (the photos here are from the site).
As a side note, of all the photos tagged Ashtanga on Flickr, I found so very, very few of this beautiful woman…so please, can some of you capture some photos when you go to Islamorada or Mysore next?
(Thanks to Ashtanga.com for this tipoff.)