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Meet the Innovators: Judith Hanson Lasater

Book author, columnist, and teacher for the past 30 years, Lasater was also one of the founders of Yoga Journal.

By Holly Hammond

Judith Hanson Lasater has taught yoga since 1971 and was a founder of the San Francisco Iyengar Yoga Institute as well as Yoga Journal, where she wrote the popular "asana" column for 13 years. She is author of Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times and Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life (both by Rodmell Press). She has appeared in and written columns for numerous magazines including Prevention, Shape, Natural Health, and Self. Lasater holds a degree in physical therapy and a Ph.D. in East-West psychology. She is renowned for working with all levels of students, from beginners to teachers, with respect and humor. Restorative yoga is one of her specialties.

"Our generation has helped to integrate the yoga of traditional India into fast-moving modern America," says Lasater. " As the popularity of yoga grows, I know its impact on our culture will grow as well. As this happens, I hope we continue to broaden our definition of yoga, so we learn to live our connection with the sacred every moment."

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