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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.

It's Yoga San Francisco had a real "rock star" yoga vibe. It was "Larry's Yoga World" and what a world it was. Lots of yoga, lots of people and of course Larry. Larry had such beautiful energy. I watched him inspiring people to practice and instruct yoga and suddenly I became very inspired to do the same. I wanted to stay in San Fran, yet I had to return to my family in Cincinnati, OH.

Over the next 12 years Larry became my best friend, mentor and guru. I would travel regularly to San Francisco to assist in trainings, teach classes and practice. While in Cincinnati it was Larry's voice on the other end of the phone, encouraging and guiding me in a positive loving way. He always knew what to say. I can still hear his voice telling me that I'm doing a great job.

Yoga ah was opened in the summer of 2007. I believed so strongly in Larry’s teachings that I wanted a school to reflect them.

On February 27, 2011 I sat by my teacher's bed while he took his last breath. Over the past year I sit and meditate on what is next, what is the message and how have these events impacted my life.

To be truthful, it has been hard for me to lose such an important person in my life. However in Larry's passing he has given a great gift. I am blessed every day to have a space to share his teachings and philosophy. Larry's legacy continues through us and our practice.

One of Pattabi Jois's quotes is "do your practice all is coming." Well, we changed it to "do your practice all is HERE." One of the last things Larry told me was to keep saying that: ALL IS HERE!
Love and Peace,
Amber Gean

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)