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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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Smelling Jasmine Flowers and Pushing Buttons, In Memory of Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois - By Fiona Stang

STRENGTH AND GRACE - A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS BY WOMEN ASHTANGA YOGA TEACHERS 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 and Lori Brungard  Over the coming weeks we'll be releasing excerpts from the upcoming book which will be available for free download on a TBD date. It will also be available in hardcopy form priced at the cost of the printing. 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 this excerpt from the book Authorized Level II Teacher...

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Strength and Grace: Developing a Disciplined Practice by Louise Ellis

Strength and Grace - A Collection of Essays By Women Ashtanga Yoga Teachers Ekaminhale is excited to announce the upcoming publication : Strength and GraceFeaturing essays by:Kino MacGregor, Harmony Lichty, Louise Ellis, Krista Shirley, Fiona Stang, Lisa Schremp, Magnolia Zuniga, Pamela Luther, Zoe Ward, Laruga Glaser and more.Over the coming weeks we'll be releasing excerpts from the upcoming book which will be available for free download on a TBD date. It will also be available in hardcopy form priced at the cost of the printing. 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 first excerpt from Louise Ellis she shares what it...

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Sharashurasya's Hero Arrow

A Centered Arrow I have some ever-lingering, ignorant desires. Rather than aiming just to “do right” by my intuition in the moment some part of me secretly wants to “be right.” This desire for outcomes (rajas) or a mythical escape into a dark “nothing” (tamas) continually rears its ugly head, defeats me, and I miss an opportunity for openness and for yoga. I try to tame it, but only in small, palpable daily doses. For two hours a day I roll out my mat, enter the unknown, and submerge into proving myself wrong. And somehow, mysteriously, that is what I return for day after day. During the climax of the Ramayana, Rama (representing the Supreme Self) finally makes his way...

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The 1 Thing That Matters Most For Learning Yoga

What is the most important thing you should focus on when starting or continuing to learn modern postural yoga? The first thing that pops into my head and probably you as well is how to do the postures.  I disagree.  The asanas (postures) are important but not the most important The Focusing Question “What is the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” - Gary Keller, The One Thing This question is used to harness the power of the 80/20 principle. Vilfredo Pareto's observation of a natural law that 80% of outcomes are a result of 20% of inputs.  The focusing question takes it further.  It attempts to zero in on the 1% of inputs that...

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