Pincha Mayurasana at seven months pregnant, overlooking the Stone Arch Bridge from the Guthrie Theater. Photo by Sarah Hrudka.

Pincha Mayurasana at seven months pregnant, overlooking the Stone Arch Bridge from the Guthrie Theater. Photo by Sarah Hrudka.

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 In front of the KPJAYI, March 2014, shortly after receiving authorization from Sharath.

In front of the KPJAYI, March 2014, shortly after receiving authorization from Sharath.

ellie wannemacher

I have had a daily practice of Ashtanga Yoga since 2005, with several years before that practicing other styles of yoga. I have practiced through two pregnancies and post-partum periods (with appropriate time taken off asana) and find that this yoga practice is an invaluable resource both for the mental and emotional challenges that come with pregnancy, birth and motherhood, and for the physical healing required. 

My teacher and teaching mentor since 2013 is Angela Jamison of Ashtanga Ann Arbor, and we are lucky to welcome her to AYM for annual visits since 2016. I have also spent extended periods learning from Magnolia Zuniga, Todd Boman, Lisa Hill, Bill Shapleigh, and Michelle Gaza. I have taken four trips to Mysore, India to study with Saraswathi and Sharath Rangaswamy (now Jois), most recently in December 2016. 

I was given Authorization (Level 1) to teach the method by Sharath in February 2014.  Ashtanga teaches discipline, flexibility, strength, willpower, clarity of purpose, and courage. I am grateful every day to be able to practice and to share my love of this method.

For my statement on K Pattabhi Jois and sexual abuse of students, please click here.