(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. avanti>