LINEAGE Sri K Pattabhi Jois Sharath
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
Vanessa Baish has been practicing Ashtanga daily since 2001, and has maintained a Vipassana meditation practice since 2009. She would like to thank Paul Dallaghan for the introduction to Ashtanga, and Melanie Fox, Guy Donahaye, Greg Tebb and Eddie Stern for their excellent teaching. Vanessa has also taught in the English Department at Hunter College since 2001.