Telluride Yoga Center’s Hoffman on upcoming workshop

Telluride Yoga Center’s Hoffman on upcoming workshop

[click “Play”, Victoria Hoffman speaks with Susan about Annie Pace]

Annie-Pace-Flyer-June-2010 No doubt about: Telluride Yoga Center’s Victoria Hoffman is one of the most popular yoga instructors in town. Hoffman instructs in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition, a system founded by  Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and popularized in the West by his disciples, among them, Annie Pace, a teacher’s teacher – and one of Hoffman’s primary influences.

Hoffman began studying yoga at age 12 as a student at the Rochester School of Ballet. Because she was a dancer, the poses (or asanas) came easily, but her teachers demanded more:

“I had to do the asanas with proper breathing. In Ashtanga, the breath feeds the action.”

It took three years of dedicated practice for Hoffman to advance beyond the primary series to the Intermediate Series, or Nadi Shodhana, which is all about purifying the nervous system by opening and clearing the energy channels or chakras. She has since gone to the Advanced Series, Sthira Bhaga, where the strength and grace of the Ashtanga practice are united. Along the way, one of her mentors has been Annie Pace, who has over 29 years of experience and is widely revered as one of the most adept practitioners of the lineage.

Pace received her Advanced B teaching certification from  Pattabhi Jois in 1995, a rare honor. She continues her studies in India.

Pace is in town for an intensive at the Telluride Yoga Center open to all levels of practitioners. The workshop starts Friday, June 4 and continues through weekend, ending on Sunday, June 6, with a kirtan (call and response chanting) open to the general public by donation.

Sign up by June 1 for the weekend and save $25.

To learn more about why an opportunity to study with Annie Pace is not to be missed, click the “play” button and listen to Victoria Hoffman’s podcast.

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