Ashtanga Yoga Confluence 2014

I’ve attended this event since its inception and am, once again, humbled to be in the presence of such incredible teachers.  While I may often teach a more vinyasa flow style of yoga in my classes, going back to the roots of my cherished Ashtanga practice is like mainlining inspiration and tradition.  You can’t help but feel connected to each and every Ashtangi–whether they are practicing beside you in the hundreds, or are someplace else in the world.  The thread that Sri K Pattabhi Jois started runs through each of us, and his spirit was palpable in every breath and every moment.

This year, we were joined by Manju Jois, son of Amma and Pattabhi Jois.  The tales he told about his parents and growing up in a home that was legendary to so many of us kept us rapt by his words.  It was touching to hear in his voice the love and respect he had (and still has) for his parents.  His dedication to the practice and sharing it around the world has kept him full of vim and vigor.  (It’s hard to believe he will be 70 this year!)

It was an honor to attend–thank you to so many yogis who covered my classes while I was gone.  Namaste.

YogaJolie and Manju Jois

YogaJolie and Manju Jois

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About yogajolie

I'm a work in progress. Give me a sunny day at the beach followed by a late afternoon thunderstorm. My flip flops and running shoes somehow find rank and file among the melee of Manolos and high boots in my closet. I think finding bliss on a yoga mat is sheer happiness, but also enjoy lacing up and suffering...just a little bit...on a long run. Maybe this comes from my start in life. It began in Chicago, but we spent weekends and summers in a small beach town in Southwest Michigan. City mouse meets country mouse. Yin and yang. Juxtaposition. Balance. I'm fiercely independent, but after thirty-some-odd years on this planet realized that I'm also a little old-fashioned. *go figure* I'm mildly addicted to Kombucha. And eye cream. (I'm all about the moisturizer.) I appreciate good manners. Chivalry. Please and thank you. That's not to say that there isn't a little urban girl, punk rock heart still beating in my chest. There is. I've lived a lot of life so far...and miles to go before I sleep. So, that's me. I'm an East Coast girl with punk rock heart and a yoga soul. Practicing, playing, teaching and sharing as much as I can. I currently teach at two studios--it will be three as of September 1st, as I was recently named the Advanced Yoga class/workshop instructor for the newest location. Outside of my home studios, I offer workshops and private yoga lessons as well. Contact me if you want more information!
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