“If you can define what yoga is to you, then whatever you do will be in the service of yoga.” ~ Jessica Patterson, Owner / Director of Root Center for Yoga and Sacred Studies
To know what yoga is to me helps me to understand why I teach. That helps me to understand how I teach, and what its relevance is on and off the mat.
I define yoga as the practice of plugging in.
When we plug in, we connect. We ignite a flow of energy. We bring light to the dark. We tap into truth and wisdom. Yoga is focused action.
When we plug in, we each connect with our best Self, our wholeness, our authenticity. We value strength in our softness. We plug into each other’s worth and realize our oneness.
This is yoga to me. Realizing your answer to “What is yoga?” can be an empowering moment of clarity. That in itself is an experience of yoga.
Jessica Patterson is my primary yoga teacher. I also learn a great deal from my own direct and daily experience with yoga on and off the mat.
And then there are my two young sons, the greatest teachers of all for the ways they highlight my need to breathe, to let go of my ego, … to keep practicing. Informal but true teachers surround us.
My formal training, however, began with Jessica during 32 weeks of the intensive RootEd program she developed and teaches. I followed that deep-dive with another 12 weeks of formal apprenticeship with her.
On the mat, I practice and teach yoga through brief dharma talks, asana and meditation, mudra (sacred gesture) and mantra (sacred sound).
Off the mat, I practice yoga in connection to nature, and in creativity as a poet, photographer and writer. I share that work via my sites: Humanitou and Humanitou Yoga. I also serve as co-coordinator of Rooted in Seva, the donation-based classes at Root.Studio Calendar