Physical based Yoga is an expression of life at its most intimate and raw. It’s punk. It’s revolutionary. It’s a place of strength where your self-worth is 100% evident to you. It’s the joy of movement and discovering the full and enormous energy that is the body. It’s that powerful. Yoga is awesome sauce. So, before alignment, the breath, or philosophy we commit to ourselves. We commit to our awareness of the body in each pose; a full, wild enthusiasm without expectation of any results. This is how we grow as human beings and naturally develop on our mats. To practice like this is to take a risk in every pose because we’re not practicing dead poses but expressing something AMAZING about ourselves. We are practicing a radical form of honesty where our experience of the moment takes precedence even over the tools that yoga gives us. It’s incredibly exciting! Naturally, when we practice like this, we immediately confront everything that prevents us from being joyful, confident and open, i.e. we fail, we stumble. Risks wouldn’t be worth much if we immediately succeeded!. But the beauty of yoga is that, since all of these obstacles can be found in the body, we can use the breath, we can use alignment, to slowly work through all the things that hold us back. This full engagement of the practice is what is most essential and what I try to convey to my students.
I owned and operated a yoga and meditation studio in Mazatlan, Mexico for about eight years and am now coordinating the operations over at RBY; a deeply humbling path as i’m surrounded by incredible teachers and students. I was a long-term student of Zen Buddhism, and you’ll find my teaching style constantly reinforces the need settle into the breath, into one’s center and stay present. My teaching is infused with a deep respect for the individual’s capacity to discover their own wisdom, strength and confidence simply by diving wholeheartedly into the practice. Thanks for coming to practice with us!