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By Pam Walatka with Nancy Jamello
Thanks to my yoga students who posed for these photos: Eve Bennett-Wood, Carol Commons, Carol Crites, Kathleen Doctor, Gay Duval, Janet Harrington, Janet Jorgensen, Cynthia Lautzenheiser, Diane Moore, Grace Ostrus, Nanci Schram, Tracey Stewart, Jeanne Straube, Helga Usher
Thanks to my Pilates teacher, Barbara Shewfelt
Edited by Janet Jorgensen and Carol Whiteley
Errors by the author.
Copyright 2014 Pam Walatka
From 1968 to 1970, I taught yoga at Esalen, the educational spa-retreat in Big Sur, California. I was the first yoga teacher at Esalen and one of the first yoga teachers in America.
Esalen is the home of mind-body-spirit, the first place to offer workshops in yoga, meditation, psychology, philosophy, sensory awareness, and body work.
Before I moved there, I was pretty much unaware of anything going on below my neck. I was a mind suspended in midair by an invisible body.
Of all the ideas we explored at Esalen, some have endured. This book shows the exercises that I teach in my yoga class in Los Altos Hills and Los Gatos mountains.
My style of yoga is influenced by Zen meditation, Pilates, and sensory awareness.
These exercises are meant to be the foundation of a daily and enduring practice.
My current yoga teacher is my sister, Nancy Jamello, who helped me get this right.