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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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Finding Peace by Kino MacGregor

  "After that afternoon I had faith in my own ability to make peace with myself through the technique of yoga. The most powerful words are not necessarily new words. They are the ones spoken from the lips of a person whom we can finally believe in, a person whose integrity is unquestionable and a person whose very being inspires greatness." - Kino MacGregor      During this period of time, yoga consumed my life. I lived, breathed, ate, drank and slept yoga. At night I dreamt my way into new yoga postures I had never seen before and took the inspiration to my mat the following day. I awoke ten minutes before my alarm for the first time in my...

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The Inner Strength of Ashtanga Women by Harmony Lichty

Ekaminhale is excited to announce the upcoming publication : Strength and GraceFeaturing essays by: Kino MacGregor, Harmony Lichty, Louise Ellis, Krista Shirley, Fiona Stang, Lisa Schrempp, Magnolia Zuniga, Pamela Luther, Zoe Ward, Laruga Glaser, Lori Brungard, Kathy Cooper and Sharmila Desai 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 this excerpt from the book Certified Ashtanga Teacher Harmony Lichty talks about the lasting benefits for women who practice Ashtanga. In the full essay, Strength and Devotion she writes on her personal journey, practice during moon cycle, maturing in practice plus developing a disciplined practice when encountering obstacles.  The Inner Strength of Ashtanga Women   In...

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Acceptance and Surrender - An Excerpt from Pamela Luther's Essay for Strength and Grace

Strength and Grace featuring essays by: Kino MacGregor, Harmony Lichty, Louise Ellis, Krista Shirley, Fiona Stang, Lisa Schrempp, Magnolia Zuniga, Pamela Luther, Zoe Ward, Laruga Glaser, Lori Brungard and Kathy Cooper.  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 this excerpt from the book Pamela Luther talks about the importance of finding the feminine quality in the practice so it can be sustainable, healing and ultimately lead to lasting happiness. Her full essay goes deeply into what that means for moon days, ladies holidays, pregnancy and what Guruji referred to as the 7th series - parenting.     Acceptance and Surrender -  By Pamela Luther...

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