Light on Ally Rhatigan, Yoga Illumined 2011

Ally Rhatigan is golden super-power radiance in human form.  I’ve had such a distinct privilege and pleasure of sharing this Yoga practice with her and having a friendship on the sista-soul level.  She’s not one to do anything lightly.  She’s a multi-athletic woman who can chant the Hanuman Chalisa for hours on end while we drop like flies around her.  Ally is one of those deep sea divers: not ever really content to simply look at the pretty glittery things at the surface, she’s gotta know the Source of all that IS.

Ally Rhatigan, Yoga Illumined, Yogafly, Sumukhi,So it’s infinitely delightful to me that she is studying with Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico.  Now in her second year of studies, she’s told me that all the meditation and Sanskrit scripture that we practiced in Yoga Illumined helped ease her into the discipline of studies with Dr. Lad.  She explains that Ayurveda school with Dr. Lad is like medical school, except there are a lot of texts in Sanskrit (ooh, my kind of med school.  Gosh darn it, I am a nerd!)  And there’s a part of me that would love to do what she is doing right now, studying Ayurveda in-depth, working deeply on her own spiritual, physical and mental disciplines in a setting that allows for healing at all levels.  But I know that this part of me is satisfied in part by friends like Ally and Kerry Meath, who impart their wisdom upon me and anyone who wishes to learn.

From Ally Rhatigan’s bio on Yoga Illumined:

“Under the wide-open desert skies, Ally observes Life’s lessons through relationships with community, environment and loved ones.  Her greatest teachers are Mother Nature, family and her beloved dog, Baden.  Ally is currently dedicated to her Ayurvedic studies, and her heart’s intention for the future is to offer a unique healing service to the Universe, combining the ancient oral traditions of Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedanta and Sankhya.  om shantih”

So blessed to have such beautiful Yogis and Yoginis Illumined in my life.  Check out this video of Ally and Kristin Sundberg from Yoga Illumined 2011:  Ally Rhatigan and Kristin Sundberg handstand.

Om shantih om,


Ally Rhatigan, Kristin Sundberg,

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