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yogi in the house

Maty Ezraty was just 23 years old when she opened the original YogaWorks in Santa Monica, California. Her vision was simple but revolutionary: She wanted to create a yoga school that offered a diverse, high-quality selection of classes to appeal to a wide array of people. It was 1987, and yoga studios typically only offered one style of yoga. But Ezraty had been influenced by both Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga, so she knew the benefits of studying several methods.

YogaWorks quickly became the school Ezraty had set out to create, offering more than 120 classes per week, serving more than 700 students per day. She also trained many of the yoga teachers we seek out today, including Kathryn Budig, Annie Carpenter, and Seane Corn. Although she sold YogaWorks in 2004, Ezraty still teaches around the world and is considered a true pioneer in the yoga community. Here, she gives her perspective on leadership: How she approached it, the potential risks of commercializing yoga and glorifying practitioners on social

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