Strength and Grace - A Collection of Essays By Women Ashtanga Yoga Teachers
Ekaminhale is excited to announce the upcoming publication : Strength and Grace
Featuring essays by:
Kino MacGregor, Harmony Lichty, Louise Ellis, Krista Shirley, Fiona Stang, Lisa Schremp, Magnolia Zuniga, Pamela Luther, Zoe Ward, Laruga Glaser and more.
Over the coming weeks we'll be releasing excerpts from the upcoming book which will be available for free download on a TBD date. It will also be available in hardcopy form priced at the cost of the printing. This project was made possible by the volunteer work of the Alicia Beale and Derick Yu (Project Coordinators), Clint Griffiths and all the teachers involved.
In the first excerpt from Louise Ellis she shares what it takes to Develop a Disciplined Practice. In the full essay she writes on the practice, Ashtanga women, practicing during menses, menopause and pregnancy.
Developing a Disciplined Practice by Louise Ellis
"Ashtanga, when practiced correctly and consistently, is the greatest teacher. " - Louise Ellis
One may be able to see the recurring patterns and decide whether to act on aversion or attraction and other pairs of opposites which present themselves. For example, when I first started practicing, I often struggled with a lot of distractions. After some time I could just see the distraction energy for what it was and choose not to respond.
"I usually tell people that if you believe that something other than you makes the sun come up each day, then that constitutes a greater thing." - Louise Ellis
I know many practitioners who have left the practice having attained what would be considered a high level of asana only to realize it was not making them a better person or a more evolved person. The fault is in the emphasis and not the practice.
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Louise Ellis is one of the few woman to have been certified by Sri K Pattabhi Jois to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Having started out with the study of traditional hatha yoga, pranayama and philosophy under Swami Vishnudevanda in 1971, her background spans over 40 years of both practice and teaching in several diverse yoga systems.
American by birth she is currently based in Rishikesh, India where she offers an ongoing traditional Mysore program. Louise maintains a dedicated daily practice and travels extensively to share her love of this powerful and healing yoga tradition. Learn more by visiting Ashtangacenter.com