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.

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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.

 

Substitute Teachers

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Rosemary Erb

I began my Ashtanga yoga path in 2013 with a David Swenson Primary Series immersion, and have since then built a daily morning Mysore style practice with the guidance of Ellie Kaufman Wannemacher at Ashtanga Yoga Minneapolis. “Practice in all conditions”, and you may see how many places this discipline can take you- I am grateful to have practiced with and learned from teachers in the local Ashtanga community such as Lynn Thomasberg of One Yoga and among international students in Mysore, India with R Sharath Jois at KPJAYI.  I am a Yoga Center of Minneapolis graduate with experience in Yin yoga, Vinyasa yoga classes for all, and I’m always looking to practice my vinyasa count.


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Kristen Mansch

I began a continuous practice of yoga in 2001. I’ve studied many yoga traditions over the years and graduated from two separate year long study programs at The Temple of Kriya Yoga and Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago, Illinois. In 2012, I was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga in a workshop with Kino MacGregor soon after my second child was born. I felt the practice was healing for me on many levels, and have maintained a daily Ashtanga practice since. After moving to the Twin Cities area in 2013, I began practicing with Ellie Kaufman Wannemacher (Authorized by Sharath Jois). In 2015, I began an apprenticeship with Ellie at Ashtanga Yoga Minneapolis and continue to learn with her in the Mysore room. In 2016, I practiced with Sharath Jois in NYC while on his U.S. tour, and hope to study at KPJAYI in Mysore, South India, soon. I will continue to practice daily and study the tradition with gratitude, love, and devotion.