Thorsten Zöller

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One Year of Daily Ashtanga Yoga Practice


I have been practicing Ashtanga Yoga on a daily basis[1] for almost exactly one year now. I did miss a few days, but altogether I stuck very well with my daily practice.[2]

I did not start practicing Ashtanga Yoga one year ago; in fact, I first got in touch with Ashtanga Yoga about nine years ago. But while there was a time when I did practice quite often (like maybe three or four times a week), I never came close to having a daily practice until about one year ago.

This is a write-up of my experiences during this first year of daily Ashtanga practice and the lessons I have learned along the way.

1. Six days per week, to be precise, since there is one day of rest per week, and not counting moon days, on which there is no practice as well.
2. I employ a simple tracker in my journal in order to be able to see how often I really practiced, since I tend to overestimate the rate.
3. Two articles discussing the importance of consistency (entirely unrelated to Ashtanga Yoga, but applicable nevertheless): Consistency Beats Talent, Luck, Good Intentions, and Even Quality and Consistency is Key.