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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     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...

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7 Treasures For Ashtanga Practitioners - By Krista Shirley

"If I were asked to single out one of the benefits of this practice that perpetuates my desire to get to my mat each day, I would without doubt choose empowerment." - Krista Shirley   During conferences, Guruji would almost always speak of the importance of children and having a family.  I used to laugh about the idea. Now I’m sorry that I never had the opportunity to thank Guruji for planting those seeds in my heart.  If it weren’t for Guruji’s presence, I don’t know that I’d have been able to hold the space in my life for all that I have now.  I wish that Guruji could have met my son. I’ve had a wonderful journey so far,...

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Honesty and Intention by Zoë Ward

"I knew that in the Ashtanga community hard work and dedication were well respected, regardless of the physical results."   I am often grateful that I came to Ashtanga as such an average student.  I could not do most of the fancy things that I saw on that first trip to Mysore.  My arms were too short and my body too soft and feminine for the work of the asana. At first I resented being such a girl about it.  I wanted to be one of the compactly muscled practitioners who didn’t cry about feeling fat and weak; I didn’t want to have broad hips or have to take ladies’ holidays. I wanted the potential to be a powerhouse, even...

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Mysore Magic by Lori Brungard

"My excitement was both in eager anticipation of what I would experience in the classroom with Pattabhi Jois, and a certain fear. I knew that I would probably end up facing a physical and psychological excavation that, in the process of healing, might be as painful as it was sweet." This excerpt from the book Strength and Grace picks up on Lori's first practice in the old shala with Guruji...... My excitement was both in eager anticipation of what I would experience in the classroom with Pattahbi Jois, and a certain fear. I knew that I would probably end up facing a physical and psychological excavation that, in the process of healing, might be as painful as it was sweet....

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Musings From The Mat By Kathy Cooper

"Being present in the body through the connection to the breath and bandhas is the key which unlocks the blocks" - Kathy Cooper     The inherent wisdom of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga has led me on a transformative journey.  Being present in the body through the connection to the breath and bandhas is the key which unlocks the blocks. This union is the place where the mental/emotional/physical bodies find their release and begin to unwind. Facing myself daily on the mat, I have opened to the deeper Self, releasing the conditioning of the body/mind. My love of incredible practice keeps me on the mat daily.  In my forties, especially, as samsara arose, my practice was the rudder that allowed me...

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