Category Archives: Mysore, India

Evolution of an Ashtangi: Christine Hoar in Bristol, Vermont

“If you want to change things about yourself,” says Rueger, “this is the best way to get results.”

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Alexis Lathem at Vermont Woman wrote a great article about Ashtanga and teacher, Christine Hoar at Bristol Yoga in Bristol, Vermont (near Burlington, Vermont, for us non-East coasters).

Alexis writes a particularly accessible description of what Ashtanga is, which I think would be something neat to share with new or non-Ashtangis – as well as a thoughtful and accurate profile of Christine and her path to becoming an Ashtanga teacher authorized by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Here’s just one little bit.

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“It’s one of Christine’s gifts – she’s very good at connecting people,” says Tre McCarney, a studio regular. “Christine will make sure that you are introduced to the person next to you. Everyone is made to feel welcome. People who visit say how supportive this community is. It’s noticeable.”

Some other things I like about Christine are: she gives back to her community…

…in another trip to Mysore, Hoar taught yoga twice a week to a group of women who had been rescued from the sex trade. They practiced on a cement roof with no mats and no stretchy yoga clothing; Hoar spoke only a few words of their language – the words for inhale and exhale, up and down – but it was enough to get them into the postures. “They kept coming back,” says Hoar. “No one made them come, but they liked it. It made them smile.”

…and she speaks her truth:

Hoar admits that in Mysore, where a roomful of Ashtanga devotees are all practicing together, vying for the special attention of the guru, the atmosphere can get highly competitive. “People are focusing on a single aspect of yoga – the physical asana. It can border on (and cross into) self-absorption,” she reflected in a note from India.

Christine Hoar has been authorized to teach Ashtanga by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Bristol Yoga hosts many workshops by guest Ashtanga teachers and lists Christine’s travel schedule.

Christine came to my birthday dinner a couple of years ago when she visited Yoga is Youthfulness in Mountain View, California, and she’s really cool.

See Krishnamacharya’s Shala

With Guruji’s World Tour 2006 just behind us, I thought it would be nice to take a moment to reflect on where it all started: Krishnamacharya’s shala in Mysore, India.

Russell, an Ashtangi living and practicing in Mysore, wrote about his visit to Krishnamacharya’s shala in his blog, mysore musings:

Despite the pigeon droppings on the floor, to stand in the very space where SKPJ learned Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga was an experience that was awe-inspiring and hard to describe. But I will try soon.

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Walking into the building, and onto the very floor where yoga titans Jois and Iyengar were taught by the most influential hatha yoga teacher in the world, I got goose bumps. History was seeping out from everywhere.

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Krishnamacharya’s Shala

Thank you to Alan Little, certainly one of the most well-known and prolific Ashtanga bloggers out there, for unearthing this photo.