Ashtanga, My First Yoga Obsession
I love teaching my Tuesday morning yoga classes in Wolverhampton – some students have been with me since the class started almost three years ago. Everyone in the class really loves yoga, almost as much as me which leads us to much yogicity chit chat. Last week the pre-class conversation got onto Ashtanga, a type of yoga I have practiced a lot over the years. My first ever experience of yoga was ashtanga, which developed into my first ’yoga obsession’ back in in 2000 mainly at one of the original London studios, The Life Centre Notting hill.
From now on I am going to refer to Yogicity. This is a new word that I have made up after eight years of practicing yoga in the sticks. #yogicity barely exists on insta – it has been used 137 times in relation to yoga in a city. Not the same.
Yogicity for Lovers of Yoga
Here is the what I mean by Yogicity. It is related to being a yogi, someone that lives a life in a yogic way, yes, they do yoga but it’s more that this – a way of life (see definition of yogi here on the Yoga Basics blog if you aren’t clear on this).
But in my context yogicity or yogic-ity means yogic things that we do collectively, as a noun. For example, egocentric people become egocentricity when categorised as a group by shared behaviour. So yogicity is the description used when yogic behaviour is identified and described. The city part is also conveniently related to the fact that a lot of yoci-city happens in cities where people (generally) have access to and greater inclination towards yoga and wellness. True.