05Mar Yoga Story: Thai
What first brought you to yoga?
I went surfing on a big day with three of my friends about seven years ago. The waves were about double overhead that entire morning. I had so much fun that morning until my accident happened. I did a sharp cutback maneuver with my surfboard & my back foot slipped off the board. The next I knew I was getting pounded very hard by the waves & my body was thrown into the rocks.
Luckily, I ended up having only a few broken ribs, a broken right foot & a nice cut down my entire right hand. I had to have physical rehabilitation for about a year & my physical therapist integrated some gentle yoga as part of my physical therapy regimen. She taught me some really gentle yoga poses and stretching exercises in order for me to regain my strength and flexibility once again. I fell in love with yoga during my physical rehab days.
What do you love most about yoga?
I truly love everything about yoga. Yoga is Love to me. Yoga teaches me to be true to myself & to love myself for who I am. It also teaches me to love others regardless of his or her socioeconomic status, sexual orientations, different religious beliefs & so much more. I also love the fact that yoga has no borders & it unites me with others & with the Universal Spirit. I am in no way a perfect man. I have depression & practicing yoga often times brighten up my days when I am down. It helps me express my emotions without judgment. And love is the absence of judgment. So, I guess that is why I love everything about yoga.
What is your favorite pose & why?
My favorite pose at the moment is Hasta Mukta Sirsasana, free hand headstand. I enjoy being up side down. Doing inversions actually helps with my depression. It actually brightens up my days and clears my mind. My second favorite is Savasana. Yeah, Savasana after any yoga class is so wonderful.
What do you do to stay inspired or motivated in your own practice?
I like to take different types of yoga classes (pranayama, mediation, gentle, yoga 1 & 2, etc..) from many different yoga teachers. I like to be exposed to new ideas & different styles of teachings so I can be a well rounded student. I really get inspired by the knowledgeable, caring, loving and compassionate yoga teachers at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga. I am a recent grad of the Fall 2013 Yoga Teacher Training program here at Pilgrimage & my yoga teachers inspired me to teach from my heart with love and compassion.
Feel free to share anything else if you like?
I love seeing such a beautiful yoga community here at Pilgrimage of the Heart. I would encourage more men to become yoga teachers. We definitely need more male yoga teachers. May be its a taboo in Western society for guys to be yoga teachers. Who knows………..I am just happy to be yoga teacher. Peace out & love for all.