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Remembering Maty Ezraty

Hey, fellow teachers — especially those of you who teach yoga history: pay attention right now. Yoga history’s being rewritten, in really essential ways.
The yoga world has been in collective mourning for beloved senior Ashtanga teacher Maty Ezraty, whose unexpected death two days ago knocked us all off our feet. The grief-rocked social media posts from veteran teachers and newbies alike remembering Maty, thanking her, celebrating her life’s work: they are unfurling a powerful populist yoga history of sorts. FB and Insta memories from Maty’s longtime students and colleagues like Bryan Kest, Seane Corn, Kathryn Budig, and my good friend Britta Bushnell — they are all postmodern yoga texts, rewriting yogic history, line by line, in a long-overdue embodied, fierce, authentic way.

So if you’re still teaching Western yoga history by lionizing Iyengar, Desikachar, and Pattabhi Jois, well, it’s past time to shake things up. Step into 2019, slide the disgraced patriarchal gurus (several of whom…

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