DAYA Foundation in Portland OR – http://www.dayafoundation.org
Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?
What do you like the most about practicing there?
Sarahjoy Marsh my teacher there is incredible.
How do you practice yoga off the mat?
I love to meditate and be in intentional community. I also find that being in Nature inspires me to bring out my yoga practices. Yoga philosophy is also so relevant to my everyday life I find endless ways to reflect and be more aware in my actions and interactions.
The world ends tomorrow. What would you indulge in tonight?
A romantic dinner and evening with my wife, Roya 🙂
What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?
I was training at a yoga studio for about 3 months and suddenly the teachers all had to go out to of town for a meeting with their teacher. Since I was a super dedicated student, they asked if I could teach one of the classes. I wasn’t ready, but once the class started I felt completely at home!
What is your favorite food?
Panang Curry – yum!
Imagine you’re on the cover of Yoga Journal. What pose would you strike?
Yoga Journal doesn’t put men on the cover so it will never happen, but if it did I would do Savasana or a Restorative pose. We need more nourishing poses these days in my opinion.
What inspires you to teach yoga?
Making yoga more accessible. Seeing students who say they didn’t feel welcome in “regular” yoga classes or who felt that it wasn’t for them finding their sense of belonging in my classes. Also hearing the stories of students finding health and wellness. Recently on a retreat, a student who I worked with one year ago showed me that through practicing Bo Yoga with her Balance Bar she was able to recover from two frozen shoulders! This makes me fly over the moon!
If you could teach yoga anywhere in the world, where would it be?
In a zero gravity chamber… it would be so fun to try things out with a whole new set of rules!
What has been your most embarrassing yoga moment as a teacher or practitioner?
Recently I have become much more away of the etiquette around touch. I came from a system where touching students was a given and I have since been using informed and constant consent as the rule. However I once tried to adjust a student’s head lightly in Savasana and he said loudly “don’t touch my head!” while everyone was relaxing. I thought that since I had a long relationship with him that I didn’t need to ask, but I realized that I always do.
What would you say to someone who is on the fence about practicing yoga?
Realize that there is a HUGE range of classes, teachers, styles and methods to yoga. Try out as many as you can and get recommendations from your friends. Be clear about what you want from yoga and talk to the studio manager about which class would best fit your needs. Just because you tried one yoga class doesn’t mean you understand the whole range that is available. It’s likely that you won’t connect with the first several classes or teachers – keep looking until you find the right one!
What music are you jamming to right now?
DJ Taz – amazing music for yoga, qi gong or just chillin!
What has been the most rewarding thing about being a teaching yoga?
Being able to make significant impacts in people’s health, wellbeing, relationships and lives. Yoga is truly a powerful vehicle for love, care, awareness, strength, relaxation and more. I have felt blessed to be able to offer this full time and be able to travel and meet so many inspiring people on the way.
Where else can we find you?
[email protected] – Hit me up!
Anything else you would like to add?
If you want to get a gift pack with resources to better teach Boomers or those over 50:
– Stock photos of older yogis
– Book recommendations to teach Boomers
– Qi Gong course to supplement your yoga classes
– Bo Yoga Exercise Guide
Text: BOOMERS to the number: 44222
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