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Yogi of August – Annie Kuo

Ashtanga is my best friend!

My dedication to Ashtanga never wavers. I trust my teacher and believe in every teaching he gives me without fear. Practicing Mysore kindles my hidden ambitions. Challenging asanas train my persistence. Dedicated regular practice brings perseverance. The unique pranayama creates focus and tranquility which helps to balance my ambition and impatience. Ashtanga seems hardcore yet it contains both Yin and Yang. The energy inside my body naturally flows with both the new and full moon.

I have my own business to take care of yet I made up my mind to volunteer my time teaching Yoga. While I was on a business trip to San Francisco in 2007, I joined a 200-hour yoga teacher training program. Now I volunteer to teach twice a week in a hospital and a community center. I realize how difficult teaching is, the use of language, the timing. Especially when teaching beginners, there are so many challenging aspects. How do I guide asanas safely? How do I lead a class with humor? How to win the trust of beginners? I often reflect on the time when I was a beginner and remember how my teachers taught me. To return to the starting point is interesting. This beginners mind can be used in my work and daily life as well: everything back to zero.

Now I study with Russell, Sally, and Gladys, who were authorized by Sri K Pattabhi Jois, as well as Axl, who is ready to be authorized. They have worked hard to create the most complete and traditional Ashtanga yoga program in Taiwan. At the beginning there were only a handful of students. Now the Mysore room is full everyday. I am lucky to be part of it.

I am happy to meet yoga friends and practice in silent harmony daily.
Tomorrow is another practice day.
Good morning teacher,Good morning mysore!!

Each month we will honor a SPACE student for his or her passion and dedication to the practice of Yoga. May their stories serve as inspiration to us all!
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