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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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