Contemporary Yoga Teachers

A New Age Of Yoga Teachers

As word spread about Yoga in the west and visits to India by the Beatles to see Maharishi in the 60’s, coupled with the birth of the hippy movement and the dawn of the age of aquarius, the worlds interest was piqued. As more people tried it out and began to experience the benefits of this ancient art, so the following grew and today Yoga is mainstream, it is here to stay and continues to grow and evolve.

Celebrity Yoga Teachers

In America, where celebrity is king, this phenomenon has produced contemporary Yoga teachers who continue on the ancient tradition with a modern twist, and by association, many of these hugely talented individuals have achieved celebrity status themselves as their yogic styles and interpretations become sought after too. These include the likes of Bikram Choudhury, Rodney Yee, Shive Rea and Baron Baptiste to name but a few. However, there are many more contemporary Yoga teachers, who teach outside of the limelight, whose contributions to the art of Yoga are as important as those who stand in it.

As a result, millions of people the world over, have seamlessly incorporated yoga into daily life. You can do yoga classes live online or on television. There are numerous videos and dvd’s by well know and unknown teachers, you can buy yoga accessories and go on yoga retreats and, ultimately, you can complete yoga teachers training, for those who want to incorporate yoga into their lives full time.

Seane Corn Combines Yoga & Spirituality for Wellness

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Seane Corn Rose From Humble Beginnings!

Seane Corn began her career in yoga in New York City in the 1980’s. At that time, she was just a teenager waiting tables at a local restaurant. She and the restaurant owner and another waitress decided to go in together and form a yoga studio. They called it Jivamukta. Eventually, her friends went abroad to study yoga more intensively. Seane stayed in NYC and continued in yoga and meditation practice.

Seane Corn had an epiphany! She realized that yoga and the accompanying spiritual and meditative practices had helped her to overcome obsessive-compulsive tendencies and to become accepting of herself. Following her training in NYC, Seane traveled to India to train with yoga instructor, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She also received spiritual instruction from Ammachi Mona Miller and Barbara Soloman.

This experience helped her to become deeply invested in the spirituality of yoga, and this aspect has always been a very large part of her yoga practice and teaching. Her style is a combination of prayer and flow yoga (Vinyasa yoga). It is a style that is always growing and evolving. Her classes seamlessly combine a very fluid and energetic flow yoga workout with an intense focus on prayerfulness and meditation. She believes that combining these two elements empowers the practitioner and fosters self-awareness and acceptance.

For Seane, Yoga is a Means of Self-Expression & Creative Outlet ~ When meditative awareness is combined with breath, body and mind to become one the perfect conditions exist for complete openness in creativity and spirituality.

In addition to being a well-known yoga instructor, Seane Corn is also an outspoken activist and National Yoga Ambassador. Her areas of interest include helping to raise money and awareness for the support of services for YouthAIDS. Additionally, she is the cofounder of a campaign known as Off the Matt, Into the World. The goal of this campaign is to motivate young people and help them discover ways in which they may work to benefit their own communities and the world community.

One of Seane’s shining accomplishments is the founding of a yoga program in a shelter for former teenaged prostitutes in California. Her focus is on using yoga to help herself and others become self-aware. Seane Corn is also skilled in understanding the system of chakras. She has a very deep comprehension of the ways in which the repression of emotion and energy can cause imbalance and disease in the human body. By combining her knowledge of the chakras with the psychological concepts of Anodea Judith and Caroline Myss (who is also a client) she has been able to merge these concepts into fluidly choreographed flow yoga routines. Using this method, she has helped many people to open up their minds, bodies and channels of energy to attain optimum wellness.

Seane Corn is One of the Most Sought After Yoga Instructors Worldwide

You have probably seen her on the covers of magazines such as Allure, Self and Glamour. She has also appeared on Oprah and several other popular television programs. Among her clients are such famous celebrities as David Duchovny, Sting, Drew Barrymore, Sally Field and her friend, Ashley Judd with whom she also works tirelessly in the cause of AIDS awareness.

Since the early 1990s, she has lived in California. She began studying with some of the best teachers in the US – Rodney Yee, Richard Freeman, and more – at that time. Today, she teaches with Rodney Yee and Richard Freeman at the Yoga Works in Santa Monica CA. Seane Corn also travels frequently to teach workshops and attend and organize spiritual retreats worldwide.

Who Is Shiva Rea?

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What is Shiva Rea Yoga?

Shiva Rea, M.A., is an award winning yoga teacher and practitioner who carries the title, “yogini fire keeper“. She has been described as a sacred activist and a global adventurer and has led the way in the evolution and growth of Prana flow yoga, as well as transformational Vinyasa yoga flow . Shiva Rea Yoga is an inspiring and energetic method of learning and practicing yoga. In addition to being a tremendous vehicle for channeling spirituality, it is one of the most challenging and powerful workout programs available today. Shiva Rea’s instruction is available on DVD and CD, and she has written a number of books and articles.

With roots in Hinduism and Buddhism, Shiva Rea Yoga assists you in increasing energy flow and connecting mind, body and spirit. Shiva Rea practice consists of a very complex and difficult series of exercise sessions performed in a fluid, energizing style. One of the most challenging aspects of these sessions is that it is sometimes difficult to understand the terms used to describe the moves. Once understood, the moves themselves flow smoothly, yet present great challenges.

How Can You Learn Shiva Rea Yoga?

One very good way to learn Shiva Rea Yoga is to watch her instructional DVDs. People who have tried this challenging form of yoga say that it is best to actually see Shiva Rea herself practice the moves before attempting them. It is very beneficial to get a grasp of the complete, holistic concept of synergy achieved by combining strength, balance, and flow of energy throughout the body, mind and spirit. Experienced yoga practitioners will find that watching and listening to Shiva Rea and then following her instruction will deepen and enrich their understanding of Vinyasa Yoga.

A typical Shiva Rea Yoga class on DVD will begin with a basic meditation in motion. Breathing and gentle, rhythmic movement of the arms are the focus of this period of meditation. From this point, Shiva instructs you to move freely, rising from the mat and stretching and flowing as the spirit guides. This open, free- flowing warm-up is mind-opening and helps you access intuition. Warm up completed, Shiva Rea challenges you to perform circular salutations known as Mandala Namaskar. In this series, you will move in a circular, constantly changing fashion that can be a bit confusing. However, this very confusion provides a sense of challenge and discovery. Following the Mandala Namaskar, Shiva Rea introduces new and challenging poses coordinated to open neural pathways to the brain, stimulating the firing of neurons along the pathways and lifting the spirits!

What are the Benefits of Shiva Rea Yoga?

The most enjoyable aspect for many students of Shiva Rea’s Yoga is the smooth, fluid transition from one pose to the next. Even poses which often feel very stiff and difficult are easy to enter and attain due to the successful pairing with other poses and the addition of gentle movements intended to warm up and loosen the muscles. For example, during Lotus Pose, you will be instructed to “dance and swim” your arms. This opens up your sources of energy and makes it easy to move into the next, more challenging poses. Shiva Rea

You may choose to practice Shiva Rea Yoga as your main form of exercise and meditation, but you can also benefit by adding it to an existing workout plan. Even though Shiva Rea Yoga can be rather time consuming, it is still not too difficult to practice it at least once a day after the basics have been learned. However, this is not entirely necessary. Shiva Rea Yoga produces excellent benefits when practiced weekly or twice a week. Of course, the more you practice the greater the results will be.

The benefits of Shiva Rea Yoga include an increase in strength and flexibility of the body as well as a deep sense of tranquility. Shiva Rea Yoga practice brings confidence, composure and a sense of balance to life. Regular practice with Shiva Rea literally puts a “spring in your step” thanks to the free-flowing and light-hearted style that helps increase the flow of positive energy and inspires confidence and, indeed, courage!

Baron Baptiste – Born to Teach Yoga

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“Fasten Your Spiritual Seatbelt – Baron Baptiste”

Baron Baptiste is an internationally known yoga instructor, presenter, educator and best-selling author. He has been making a positive impact on the world of yoga for more than two decades. He focuses on helping people attain the maximum in personal growth and development through workshops, videos, audio presentations, and books that have been printed in numerous languages around the world.

Baron Baptiste comes from a long line of fitness, spiritual and yoga instructors and mentors. His parents, Walt and Magan Baptiste were pioneers in the areas of nutrition, fitness and body awareness. Because of this, Baron Baptiste is a natural-born educator in these areas.

Throughout his life, he has been in close contact with the subjects of health, fitness and spirituality. He conveys his knowledge and belief in the importance of honoring these areas of human existence with a positive, mindful and intelligent manner that appeals to a broad audience and makes the information he has to share easily accessible to all.

Baron Baptiste’s Methods Inspire People Across The World

As a best-selling author, Baron Baptiste is well-known for Journey Into Power, his first book. Baron BaptisteSince writing this well- loved volume, he has written a number of other self help books and has appeared on and starred in television programs and videos focused on helping others attain the utmost in physical, mental and spiritual fitness. In fact, he has become so well-known and respected for his methods, that he was asked to work with the NFL Philadelphia Eagles for 4 years, starting in 1994. During that time, he worked very closely with the players and the coaches and was able to improve their on-the-field performance tremendously.

In addition to inspiring professional greatness among these professional athletes, Baron also gained a number of lifelong followers from the team. Aside from personal consultations, Baron Baptiste has also put a great deal of energy and effort into establishing schools that make his methods available to a broader public. In the last decade, he has opened The Baptiste Power Yoga Institutes in the Boston, Massachusetts area. These three schools stay busy day-in-and-day-out throughout the year.

Baron Baptiste: The Last Word in Yoga

Yoga is Baron Baptiste’s primary medium for conveying his beliefs in the importance of self-awareness, spirituality and physical fitness. His positive teaching methods help millions to drop negativity and move forward into a positive, new light. In the early years, Baron sensationalized yoga somewhat in order to get it before the public eye. Today, he focuses more on the practical application and advantages of yoga practice. His training methods are familiar worldwide, and he has personally educated all sorts of people in many settings around the world.

Whether children, the elderly, celebrities, professional athletes or world leaders, all who have experienced his teaching know that Baron Baptiste brings a message of self-empowerment, strength, and a positive outlook through yoga. In an effort to further spread the word about the power of yoga, Baron Baptiste also conducts a number of world tours to promote his books, videos and methods. You can find his products and his words available in a number of online venues as well as via bookstores and local television stations. Due to his upbeat style and positive methods of empowerment Baron Baptiste is quickly becoming a household name both inside and outside of the world of yoga.

Bikram Choudhury

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Bikram Choudhury

Bikram Choudhury is a well known name in the field of ‘yoga.’ He is a founder of the world famous ‘Bikram Yoga technique’, and is an astute and extremely succesful businessman too. He is a student of Bishnu Ghosh, Yogananda Paramahansa’s brother, the author of Autobiography of a Yogi. This lineage is responsible for translating ancient texts of Eastern philosophers for the West.

Bikram Choudhury – Yoga From A Toddler

It is said that Bikram began learning yoga at the age of three. As a teenager Bikram Choudhury won several National ‘Yoga’ championships in his native India. He was named ‘Yogi Raj’ by Swami Sivananda when he was just 14 years old. Yogi Raj translates to King Of Yogi’s.

At the age of 20 , he met with an accident while doing some weightlifting which crippled him badly. Doctors then, declared that he will not be able to walk again but such was the power of Yoga and his will, that he started walking again. Thanks to his Guru, Bishnu Ghosh and the amazing art of Yoga , says Bikram.

Bikram Choudhury’s Yoga Legacy

He went on to open Yoga schools in countries like India and Japan. He opened his first US school in 1972 in San Franscisco. Bikram’s main school is in California and offers 9 week certified teacher training in Bikram Yoga. These classes are availabe with certified teachers in dedicated Bikram schools he has opened throughout the world.

Bikram ChoudhuryBikran Choudhury’s “Bikram Yoga” hot yoga technique is oriented toward improving the general health and flexibility of attendees and the higher temperature used here is particulary important in aiding deeper stretching, injury prevention and aids in the reduction of stress and tension. The Bikram Yoga exercise technique consists of 26 postures which should be performed in temperatures set at 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Bikram Choudhury has contributed vastly to the spread and popularity of Yoga in the Western world.