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The daily practice of Ashtanga yoga has changed my life in every way, it has made me physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy and brought me many other benefits that I could have never expected.
Also through the daily practice I found myself immersed in a fascinating world where I become more poised, centered, peaceful and real.
My name is Claudia Azula Altucher, originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina (the land of tango). I have been living in the United States since 1995.
I became interested in yoga over a decade ago and tried every style, always in search for truth. For the past seven years -ever since I heard of it- I have dedicated myself to follow the lineage of Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore.
I am mostly interested in how we use the practice to be honest with ourselves and cut the lies. How we can be more kind in our every-day lives, and how it helps us use our energy efficiently.
In the spring 2000 I took one of my first yoga classes at a local gym. At the corpse pose (savasana) I found myself crying and later realized that a big hip release during practice had helped me let go of an old emotion, hence the tears. I noticed that there was more to yoga than just exercise.
In 2003, I visited the Ashram of Swami Sivananda Radha in British Columbia. This was my first encounter with the deeper meaning of yoga. At the ashram we helped in the kitchen, ate breakfast in silence, journaled, prayed, gathered as a community and shared our human troubles, sang and danced. We also performed asana and looked into the deeper meaning of them. For the first time I found myself wondering about the relationship between my balance in, say, mountain pose, and the balance in the world around me. This is when I realized that a life can be lived as a dedication, and that everything we do is sacred.
In 2004 I heard about Ashtanga Yoga for the first time.
At a workshop for "warriors and wizards" in 2005 I committed in front of 250 people to start and up-keep a daily yoga-asana practice. The yoga teacher in the back applauded. She was the only one, the rest of the group was not impressed. The presenter asked me if that was "realistic", I had barely just heard of ashtanga yoga then and was renting tapes from the New York Public Library to practice to, but I suppose that deep inside I already knew I was to get into it. I said yes. I never looked back.
I have visited the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in India 3 times. I also maintain a daily meditation practice in the Vipassana tradition. I am very grateful to the amazing fruits that a practice like this can bring into someone's life and wish it on everyone.
I write daily at www.ClaudiaYoga.com. Please visit me, I welcome the conversation.