Aging and Ashtanga Yoga by Lisa Schrempp – Ekaminhale
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Aging and Ashtanga Yoga by Lisa Schrempp


"This practice nurtures me and my own life so that I can then go and do something with that energy that is meaningful—at least that is my hope" - Lisa Schrempp

 

Lisa Schrempp

 

Many practitioners wonder about how long they can practice Ashtanga, and if it is meant for people middle-aged or older. My asana teachers have always advised me to practice as long as I can, and that is how I am going to practice Ashtanga Yoga. I am an Ayurvedic practitioner, and because of my studies I understand not to push beyond my limits. I practice in a way that enables me to still go out, teach, and spread Yoga for the rest of the day. I believe that this has been Guruji’s gift to me. This practice nurtures me and my own life so that I can then go and do something with that energy that is meaningful—at least that is my hope. If I am egotistically trying to hold onto what I could do when I was in my 20's, then I will not have the intelligence (and most likely the energy) that I need to live my life in a yogic way. So I am careful.

"I believe my practice is changing and getting stronger, but of course it depends on what one calls stronger. I think that wisdom is more enduring than youth." - Lisa Schrempp

 

Lisa Schremmp

I believe my practice is changing and getting stronger, but of course it depends on what one calls stronger. I think that wisdom is more enduring than youth. Youthful strength
is exciting and brilliant, but one who has endured and stuck to the practice has probably benefitted and transferred those benefits into many realms of his or her life. With wisdom, one has more ability to withstand psychological and emotional struggles. In addition, with years of practice I have learned how to use my inner faculties rather than my physical body when practicing and teaching. I have noticed that my lower back is less flexible than it used to be, but the bandhas are stronger. I also feel more able to gain more important aspects of the practice like kindness.

To be continued in Strength and Grace: A Collection of Essays by Women of Ashtanga Yoga Vol 1 -

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Lisa SchremppLisa Schrempp began her studies of yoga in 1985 with David Life and Sharon Gannon of Jivamukti Yoga and has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 1991. She made her first trip toMysore, India to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois in 1992. After several trips to Mysore, Lisa received Sri K Pattabhi Jois’ blessing to teach in 1997. In 1998, Lisa began anAshtanga program in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There she taught daily until she relocated to Tucson, Arizona in 2002 and started to teach Ashtanga and Mysore practice. In 2012 she founded Ashtanga Yoga Tucson. Learn more about Lisa at her website Lisaschrempp.com

THIS POST IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK STRENGTH AND GRACE. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO LEARN MORE. 

 

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3 comments


  • Amy Gordon

    It was special to meet you and practice with you in Phoenix. I loved the experience, learned so much in our one session. Your wise words, adjustments, suggestions and energy awakened a freshness in this long time ashtanga practitioner, like a “refresh button” had been activated in a soft and subtle way, my attitude and approach on my mat have shifted. My practices are more joyful, present, I’m letting go of expectations. An old, familiar enthusiasm has resurfaced. I look forward to reconnecting. Thank you, Lisa!


  • Amy Gordon

    I am visiting Phoenix from Phila where I live and teach and looking forward to meeting you.. would like to arrange session and ayurvedic consultation..amy


  • Gina Fajardo

    Lisa is my teacher and is a blessing in my life every day. She inspires me to continually ask what I need to know, where can I challenge myself, and where I can go more deeply—-in my practice, in my life, in my relationships, and in my service to others. I can say with certainty and confidence that I’m hardly alone in being grateful for her presence in our world. <3


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