Private / Individual, Retreats, Therapeutic, Workshops, Yoga Philosophy
Ashtanga Yoga, as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, is an elegantly designed sequence of breath-initiated postures that create vibrant health and steadiness of mind. By focusing on our breath and the concurrent sensations which arise and pass away, we gradually realize the truth of an unchanging reality. Regular, consistent practice is essential to this process, yet the potency of the system can be felt in a single practice.
The Primary Series is known as Yoga Chikitsa. This means "Yoga Therapy" to detoxify and realign the body. Each posture has specific therapeutic benefits, and the one-on-one method of mysore style practice and private sessions can help maximize these through careful attention and adjusting them as needed. The practice can, and should, always be used to increase progress toward wellness and wholeness.
Lori Brungard has been practicing yoga for 25 years. She has spent over a year in India studying with her beloved teacher Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and holds an Authorized Level 2 teaching certificate through KPJAYI. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at Hunter College, where she developed a curriculum for a course in Ashtanga Yoga. As co-director of Ashtanga Yoga Shala from 2002-2007, Lori developed courses as resources for serious students and teachers. To broaden her knowledge, she completed Richard Freeman's intensive in 2012, and has been studying therapeutic applications of yoga with the Mohan family since 2011. Lori originally learned the many facets of yoga through a year-long certification in Jivamukti Yoga with Sharon Gannon and David Life in 1999.
A professional modern dancer for more than ten years, Lori learned a deep awareness of human anatomy. Her work as a Thai Yoga therapist has added an energetic component to this understanding.
Her skills as a teacher lie both in her sensitive hands-on adjustments and her ability to see underlying causes of challenges, and thus how to create change. "Lori is without a doubt, one of the best teachers of yoga that I have ever had the pleasure of learning from. Her body intelligence and ability to convey it verbally is nearly unmatched. Throw in the fact that her sense of humor, compassion and patience make her approachable, and what you have are some very lucky students." - Lauren Cahn