Ryan Teacher One Flow Yoga

From an early age I have been active, playing on soccer teams, training in Taekwondo, jumping BMX bikes, snowboarding, surfing, rock climbing, etc.

In 2009 I took my first vinyasa yoga class and was hooked.  The attraction was the challenge of the practice, as well as the physical, mental, and emotional benefits.  As my practice grew, however, it became clear to me that the asana, physical practice, is a doorway to deeper levels of personal growth.

My chosen career path was based on the guidance of family, friends and society.  It was rooted in the prospect of earning a good income and being happy.

When the rubber met the road, though, the outcome was a mixed bag.  I created friendships with co-workers, felt a sense of accomplishment and received financial rewards.  However, I also saw a sense of discontent within myself and in those around me.

What I rarely experienced was genuine enthusiasm or vibrancy in my everyday life.  It was not until I started going to yoga that I regularly witnessed people transforming in a positive way.

Still, I persevered, sacrificing much to obtain an MBA.  When a promised promotion fell through, I suddenly weighed financial security against the value of each passing moment.

It was at that time my mother had to have emergency open heart surgery. 

There was the very real possibility that I could lose her. 

This shook me and reframed the question.  If everything you work hard to create, earn and obtain could be gone instantly, would it all have been worth it?  My heart answered, “no”. 

In 2013, after much soul searching, I made the decision to change career paths and become a full-time yoga teacher and Structural Integration bodyworker.

What I realize is I want a greater sense of being, to make a direct impact in the lives of others and offer some kind of relief or hope.  That would be something worth working for and be, for me, a life well spent.  It is an intention I hold close and return to regularly.

My other studies and practices are in the Gelugpa Tibetan Buddhist tradition (the same tradition as the Dalai Lama).  What do they say, many paths, one truth.

I am here to offer you a direct experience of your breath and body.  Whether we are practicing vinyasa, hatha, yin, or any other style, we come back to this simple teaching.

You can expect me to sprinkle in a theme, and perhaps some humor, but the journey will always be through the body.

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