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Yoga Lineage

Yoga as taught in India over the past 1000's of years existed mostly as an oral tradition. The teachings were passed on from student to teacher and teacher to student. Krishnamacharya in the early 1900's discovered a bundle of palm leaves with what was later to become The Ashtanga Yoga Sequences thet were taught by Pattabi Jois. Krishnamacharya worked very close with Pattabi Jois as his student. One time Krishnamacharya and Jois were asked to move into the Mysore Palace to help the Maharish's son walk. After sometime passed with the help of Jois and Krishnamacharya the boy walked again. Yoga instructors were seen as Medicine Men or healers. As vigorous as the Ashtanga Yoga practice may appear from the outside looking in, ultimately it awakens a spiritual fire which heals body and mind.

Pattabi Jois later became Larry Schultz's teacher. Larry studied with Pattabi for a number of years and when Larry returned to life in the USA without Pattabi , he had to figure out how to keep the practice going. Thus began Larry's journey of leading Ashtanga Yoga classes and he began to give the Ashtanga Yoga practice a language.He also came up with a teaching philosophy. That included two finger adjustments and creating modifications for the poses to make it more beginner friendly. In 2000 Amber Gean Espelage met Larry and began learning these ancient healing teachings. This is how we got where we are through a series of teachers that wanted to share the practice and thus keep the linage going. The practice lives on through us every time we come up to the mat and begin to move and breath. That is a big mission of Yoga ah is to keep the linage going and share the teachings.

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)