Ashtanga, and Eddie Stern, make the New York Times weddings section

I know there’s a whole group of people who ravenously consume the New York Times wedding/celebrations section. The Times, for those who don’t know, pick at random — i.e. pick people of some repute, ill or not, scions of families familiar and those with particularly dramatic tales of love — to document.

This week, a yoga wedding makes it appearance: that of teachers Erika Halweil and Corey De Rosa. Their story features death, broken relationships and, eventually, love. Here’s why it popped on our yoga screen:

Mr. De Rosa, now 40, grew up in a big Italian family in Hempstead, N.Y., played soccer and studied art at the State University at Stony Brook, then spent years in Manhattan working in restaurants and partying. In 2003, while living in a loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, he started biking across the Williamsburg Bridge every morning to practice Ashtanga yoga with Eddie Stern, a well-known teacher in SoHo. “I needed to transition from my party life into my balanced life,” he said. “It takes a long time. It’s not easy.”

Three years later, he opened his own Ashtanga studio, Tapovana, in Sag Harbor. He painted the walls dark red, installed almost-black wood floors and put yellow candles everywhere. “It was like a womb,” he said. “It took you somewhere else.”

At first, he was terrified, not at all sure he wanted the responsibility of owning a business. “You always need to go a little further than you think you can in order to make progress,” said Mr. De Rosa, who in a single conversation might discuss Hindu deities, the connection between the knees and the ego, an energy healer he admires, Indian spices, juice cleanses and his ideas about love (timing is everything).

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

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