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Nancy Gilgoff

About Nancy Gilgoff

Nancy began practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 1973 with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, in Mysore, India. She had traveled with David Williams joining him on his search for yoga.

While in college, Nancy suffered from severe migraine headaches that resulted in her university taking her out of all physical activities. At 19 years old, she was told never to exercise again and was given drugs to help relieve the pain but nothing to cure the headaches. She was told there was nothing to be done except to learn to live with the situation. Pattabhi Jois had a very different idea. For 4 months Nancy and David practiced twice a day and learned all of primary and intermediated series.
She continues to practice and now at 73 years, she is healthier than when she first walked into his class. Over the years, whenever she asked Pattabhi Jois how she should teach, he always said ”You teach the way I taught you” and that has guided her in her teaching.

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