I found yoga back in the late nineties when a friend suggested it was a great compliment to my Zen meditation practice & running. I had a question many of us share: can you meditate if you have a hard time sitting still? I have completed two teacher trainings at the 8 Limbs Yoga Centers, three with Shiva Rea & one with Rod Stryker. Among the many others i’ve studied with, SarahJoy Marsh, JJ Gormley, Rodney Yee & Katerina Wen have had the most influence on my teaching. In addition to my yoga practice, I’m deeply inspired by silent time in the jungles of Costa Rica with my Reiki teacher, Mitra Politi & my meditation teacher, Tyohar. My own practice has dropped from the intensity of Baptiste Power Vinyasa into the deep still pool of yin & the lineage of Desikachar, emerging as a strong flowing practice that is attentive to the meditative aspect of the body in motion. I feel the body, especially core awareness & breath, is the gateway to any inner work. At the same time, I feel openness & surrender are more important than effort. In class, I try to share a balance between these elements. My hope is that people can take their experience of the flow of yoga & meditation out into the flow of their daily lives, and that the practice can be a catalyst for awareness & personal growth.
Adi’s Yoga Quiz…
How did you 1st find Yoga?
I couldn’t sit still during meditation & my roommate at the time suggested yoga as a remedy.
What is your favorite Yoga book?
True Meditation by Adyashanti. Two runners up are the Chandogya Upanishad & the first volume of Osho’s Yoga Sutra commentary called The Path of Yoga.
What feeds your soul?
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Gingerbread from the Columbia City Bakery
Who or what most influences your teaching?
Three things: One, the dynamic interplay between core cultivation & release, two, the practice of acceptance & three, spiritual inquiry in the tradition of my teacher, Tyohar.
What is on your Yoga playlist?
My favorite yoga “music” is silence… but this is what’s proven over time to be the favorite playlist in my classes:
- Track 1 from “Music from Within” by Gitama & Kabir, two amazing musicians from Pachamama.
- Track 14 from “Music from Within.”
- Ong Namo from “Grace” by Snatam Kaur
- Om Nama Shivaya I From “In the Om Zone” by Stephen Halpern
- Aad Guray Nameh from “Celebrate Peace” by Snatam Kaur
- Amba Parameshwari from “The Love Window” by Shantala
- Throat Chakra from “Chakra Dance” by Stairway
- Veenaa-Murali from “Chants of India” by Ravi Shankar
- Invocation from “Deva Premal Sings the Moola Mantra”
- Pradera from “Earth Blue” by Deuter
- Ocean Sound from a unknown disc given to me by former Lotus teacher Jen Isaacson
What is your favorite quote?
“If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.”