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Ashtanga Yoga - The Practice by Magnolia Zuniga

“Ashtanga Yoga is the washing machine for the mind,” Guruji used to say. It washes the mental patterns of self-doubt and self-criticism: things that stand in the way of us becoming our best selves - Magnolia Zuniga   “Ashtanga Yoga is the washing machine for the mind,” Guruji used to say. It washes the mental patterns of self-doubt and self-criticism: things that stand in the way of us becoming our best selves. Deeply grounded in history and myth, it is capable of transforming the mind and body on all levels through dedicated study and practice.  The first, or “Primary” Series focuses on detoxifying and cleansing the physical body. [1] In Sanskrit, it’ s called Yoga Chikitsa, which means “yoga therapy.”...

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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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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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