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Gilgoff's Grace (By Zu Vincent - Yoga Journal)

After enduring years of painful and debilitating injuries, Nancy Gilgoff became an American pioneer of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system. After years of enduring debilitating injuries, the Asthanga Vinyasa system transformed Nancy Gilgoff's life.

Nancy Gilgoff is thought to be the first American woman to travel to India to study Ashtanga yoga with Pattabhi Jois. Certainly she's one of a trio credited with bringing Ashtanga to America in the 1970s. And having dedicated herself to teaching the tradition for 27 years, she has brought students from all over the world to her doorstep with her love for Ashtanga.
Gilgoff maintains she never meant to be a yoga teacher--especially not in a system that purifies through movement and heat, where students take years to master the physical demands of first and second series before they are ready for pranayama (breath control) and meditation. In fact, in going to India in her mid-20s, Gilgoff was simply following her yoga teacher and boyfriend, David Williams. She had turned to the practice in a final attempt to cure a host of physical maladies.

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