8 Reasons Ashtangis Make the Best Friends.

Via Sarah Ezrin
on Feb 7, 2012
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Eight (ashta) reasons why ashtangis make the best friends.

Ashtangis are….

  1. Reliable:  Ashtangis are nothing if not consistent. One doesn’t just fall into a six-day a week practice. Ashtanga yoga requires reliability and dedication. Slackers need not apply.
  2. Loyal:  Ashtangis are loyal, sometimes to a fault.  Many ashtangis have been practicing with the same teacher, in the same room, and usually in the same spot (down to the floorboard) for years. But this translates to devoted friends, too.
  3. Punctual:  Crowded shalas, busy modern day schedules, and long programs mean that ashtangis are not only time-sensitive, but also time-efficient.  Ashtangis will be right on time for your events, most a good fifteen minutes early.
  4. Great for Parties: OK, so the party will have to be on a Friday, but when conversation gets boring there is nothing more entertaining than a little leg-behind-the-head or karandavasana. Plus you don’t have to worry about ashtangis drinking all your alcohol.
  5. Self-sufficient: There is no coddling in the Mysore room.  This makes ashtangis a fiercely independent bunch. Your Ashtanga friends will give you your space and be grateful when you are able to connect. After all, life is about sangha.
  6. Great wing-people:  Can you say designated driver? Not only do ashtangis look good (and you know what they say about bird’s of a feather), but you also won’t have to worry about them overstaying welcome when you meet that special someone, since ashtangis usually have to get up at five in the morning the next day.
  7. Worldly: Many ashtangis have travelled the world for their practice.  Most go to Mysore, the home of Ashtanga yoga, but with incredible teachers around the globe, the travel destinations and the accompanying stories are endless.
  8. Strong: There are over 30 chaturangas in Primary series alone. Holy upper body strength. This makes your ashtangi friend the best candidate for moving day and any other physical errands you need help with.

Be kind to your ashtangi friends.

We work hard every day in our practice and if we miss a few events or nights on the town for our early morning sadhana, it is not because we don’t love you.  We are doing this practice to be better people for you, our loved ones.


About Sarah Ezrin

Sarah Ezrin, E-RYT-500, is an energetic and humorous yoga teacher based in Los Angeles. With a profound love of travel, Sarah runs around the globe leading teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats. She is a writer and regular contributor for many publications. A background in psychology and life coaching infuse her classes, which are dynamic and alignment-based. For Sarah, yoga is beyond the postures; it is about connecting to one’s brightest and most authentic Self. Life should be spent laughing with those we love and doing the things we most enjoy, like yoga! For more information on Sarah please visit her website or connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


21 Responses to “8 Reasons Ashtangis Make the Best Friends.”

  1. Allyson says:

    perfectly said Sarah!! big LOVE for my ashtangi friends 🙂

  2. Sonyata says:

    I would say there are eight reasons Ashtangis make good friends:

    1. They are mindful of others – Yama

    2. They are well groomed, disciplined, and devoted – Niyama

    3. They are physically fit – Asana

    4. They are radiant – Pranayama

    5. They are balanced and relaxed – Pratyahara

    6. They are focused – Dharana

    7. They are deep – Dhyana

    8. They are enlightened – Samadhi


  3. Masha says:

    So true! 🙂

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  5. Thaddeus1 says:

    This is a very sweet article. My favorite is when you write, "We work hard every day in our practice and if we miss a few events or nights on the town for our early morning sadhana, it is not because we don’t love you. We are doing this practice to be better people for you, our loved ones." I couldn't agree more and in the end it seems it is those who fail to grasp this that fail to maintain their practice. Thank you for this wonderful contribution.

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  6. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    I second that!

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  8. Sonyata, if you'd like to write your own article, email me. 🙂

  9. Lucia says:

    really liked this article, it explains very well how I feel right now… namasté !

  10. Rob says:

    Hah! Love it. Continue to do what you do…

  11. Big Whiff Soniboi says:

    "nothing more entertaining than a little leg-behind-the-head "

    Haha! Yes. This almost never fails to please.

    Yogis are terrific but not dependable or punctual as a group. To a disappointing degree from a work standpoint.

    Yoga can give you hardcore monkey strength if you work at it.

  12. YogaTrail1 says:

    Very sweet and clever article! And funny to think about how different types of yoga suit different types of personality. Would be interesting to have a similar comparison between practice and personality for say, Bikram, Kundalini etc…

  13. Sitara Bird says:

    Loved it! Thank you. 🙂

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    Wonderful article.

    Love, Light & Aliveness 🙂

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  19. Carolyn says:

    Loved it!

  20. Shareen says:

    30 chatturangas!? More like 50!!!