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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.

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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)