Here’s a blog to add to your reading list: Anthony Gary Lopedota

If you don’t know who Anthony Gary Lopedota is, check out Tim Miller’s history of Ashtanga in Encinitas:

Encinitas holds the distinction of being the American birthplace of Ashtanga Yoga. David Williams began teaching here in the early seventies and sponsored Pattabhi Jois and his son Manju to come here for the first time in 1975. Brad Ramsey and Gary Lopedota, two of David’s students, opened their own yoga shala, called the Ashtanga Yoga Nilayam, after David moved to Maui.

This is when I first entered the picture, in January of 1978. The Ashtanga Yoga Nilayam was right down the street from my house on La Veta Avenue in what was once St. Andrews Episcopal Church. There was no electricity, heat or plumbing. Evening classes were done by candlelight and bodily functions were performed outdoors in a portable toilet. Brad and Gary were very serious students and maintained an air of both austerity and authenticity.


I took over the Ashtanga Yoga Nilayam in 1981 when Brad and Gary moved to Hawaii and it has survived several changes of location. The Ashtanga Yoga center is currently located in South Carlsbad on the border of Encinitas.

With that lead in, I can say that Lopedota is pretty active on Facebook, discussing a variety of physical and more esoteric issues, and has a website right here. Now, for good measure, he’s started a blog. First post is about the time after surgery:

I have been meaning to start a blog and am inspired to do so because a fellow yogi, Edward Modestini had surgery on his shoulder.
Like the title says, surgery is just the beginning of the healing process. After the major part of the healing from the surgery has occurred, it is ‘very’ important to have the associated muscles tested.

You’ll have to click the link to find out the tests one needs to go through after surgery is done.

We’ll keep an eye on his blog.

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

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