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Ashtanga Yoga Ignites our Spiritual Fire

Reading once, that if we don't "go thru" anything then how can anything happen in our lives. It's so easy to say that we all go thru things for a reason, yet sometimes those reasons are hard to understand. Why does life sometimes have to be so painful? Sometimes we may never fully understand the workings of the universe, it may not be our job to understand, it maybe a better job to observe what is happening in our lives and allow ourselves to feel our emotions so we can acknowledge them and release them. Inhale and exhale, taking in and letting go creates transformation.

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Amber Gean's Inspiration

Ever since I can remember, I had a deep curiosity to learn more about yoga. I dabbled in yoga classes for a couple of years in my home town, Cincinnati. One of my first yoga instructors, Indubala Bhardwaj, suggested I learn to instruct yoga and recommended Larry Schultz Teacher Training in San Francisco.

In April 2000 I arranged to go to San Francisco for training. Feeling fresh off the boat, I arrived at It's Yoga San Francisco. Remembering my first time meeting Larry, he was propped up on a stool wearing his yoga shorts. He looked ordinary enough, maybe even a little goofy with his curly hair and large body. I remember thinking, "Well, that’s him, my teacher." When the student is ready the teacher appears.

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Often people walk into It’s Yoga with worry, stress and tiredness written all over their faces but when they leave, they show the effects of Ashtanga Yoga: they feel better and look better, lighter, freer, more relaxed and energized. This is why to me, teaching Ashtanga Yoga is a kind of self-realization; every time I lead class I, as a teacher, grow and express the insights of my own yoga. I see people take in the practice from various angles and develop, change and transcend their limitations, realize their possibilities.

In Memoriam: Larry Schultz, YogaDragonden (1950-2011)