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"I don't even think people can practice ten years without moving deeper in a spiritual level. If you're not moving deeper, you probably you start to do something else because asana, it has a limit somehow." - Petri Räisänen
I even think that the whole Asana practice is partly just to make people to start yoga because so many people want to do this physical and become flexible. Most people doesn't think about any mental or spiritual reasons. But after practicing for some years, it easily becomes more important. I don't even think people can practice ten years without moving deeper in a spiritual level. If you're not moving deeper, you probably you start to do something else because the asana, it has a limit somehow. But even the more flexible ones, there's a physical limit. So there's a point usually when you realize that the physical part start to be over. Of course you keep practicing asana but the time is the time to think about other things.
There are many ways to deepen the practice. Doesn't have to be religious ritual. When you do headstand instead of doing 25 fast breaths, completely slow down and start to 30 seconds or even one minute. And when you breathe ten times, it's 10 minutes.
Power of Myth
I like mythology, even the world mythology. Hinduism is part of it and I try to little bit understand it. Where these all things come and how it is related to daily life. You see the father symbols, the mother symbols like Parvati. You see the old father like Shiva or you see the god families. There is Shiva, Parvati, Ganesh and this family. There's lot of respect here.
Joys of Life
Huge joy that I get now is from my family. There's this one-year old son. It gives huge joy looking at him growing, sleeping, enjoying. Of course, the marriage. I have to say the biggest joy is when you get into the meditation state. You find this quietness and lightness and to sit in that space. So you get this stage in the meditation state. It can even happen in the asana practice that you reach the state when you choose to do it softly and there's peace, and amazing deep enjoyment. I think that's the final... enjoyment.
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Petri Räisänen (born August 13, 1967) is internationally known and respected Ashtanga Yoga teacher. Petri started practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 1988 and teaching in 1990. He is a devoted student of his Guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and was authorized to teach Astanga Yoga in 2001 by Guruji. Petri is careful to pass on his Guru's exact teachings. Learn more about Petri including his upcoming workshops retreats, and books on Ashtanga Yoga by visiting his website www.petriraisanen.com