“In my early 20s, I began studying Taoist philosophy. Taoism examines harmony, balance, and the natural flow of events & energy within the world. After years of study and contemplation, my personal practices evolved into practices of Action (Karma Yoga) and Devotion (Bhakti Yoga). These real-world manifestations of Yoga were my primary practices for a long, long time. Living on an island in China with no access to Yoga teachers, I began to learn Asana Yoga (physical postures) from books. With no formal training at that point, I simply explored and played with Asana Yoga. I had no expectations. It was very a precious time of growth and discovery. Around that time, I began practicing meditation. Many years later, I finally stepped into a yoga studio to discover the beauty and depth of Hatha & Raja yoga.
There’s much talk these days about “Yoga off the mat”; that is: Yoga applied to life. My Yoga has always been off the mat. I’ve never known it another way. It started as practices of Action and Devotion in the world, and only later did it move into the studio..
When I teach Yoga, I’m most interested in the practice of life. We come together for an hour and a half Yoga practice to study the Self, but the goodness that we cultivate should not stay only within the confines of the yoga studio. All of the grace, harmony, and power you reveal… all of the strength and focus that you discover… all of that true radiant potential that you share in your Yoga practice…
Let it loose on the world!
It’s always within you. It’s available to you at any time.
A regular Yoga practice makes it more accessible, more refined… but it’s all already within you!
Yoga in the world. Grace, harmony, and strength in the world.
Practice it in the studio. Put it into practice outside the studio.
Your Yoga mat doesn’t need your strength and commitment, but the world certainly does.”
“In pursuit of knowledge,
every day something is added.
In the practice of the Tao,
every day something is dropped.
Less and less do you need to force things,
until finally you arrive at non-action.
When nothing is done,
nothing is left undone. True mastery can be gained
by letting things go their own way.
It can’t be gained by interfering.”
– Tao te Ching #48