Yoga is a fantastically varied discipline; if one is to gather anything useful from it, there needs to be the steady presence of a grounded, knowledgeable teacher. I am grateful to my teachers for laying the foundation of my practice. Below are a few words about the people who’ve made yoga accessible, inspirational, and transformative for me.
Jim Bennitt & James Tennant
Jim and James are my primary teachers. They co-run Tejas Yoga, the beloved studio where I teach and practice, as well as the place from which I received my initial teaching certification. I continue to work closely with both of these amazing teachers and I intend to continue learning from them for a long time to come. Just about anything I do well as a yoga teacher can be chalked up to their influence. You can find out more about Jim at his website; James is more of a rolodex type of person, but you can find out more about his teaching at the Tejas Yoga website.
Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor
I was indebted to the teachings of Richard Freeman before I had ever studied with him in person, absorbing his words for years through his Yoga Matrix audio recording, wherein he lays out his open-hearted, expansive vision of yoga. I credit his words with exposing me to the vastness of yoga, for taking me beyond the therapeutic usage of the practices and for challenging me to integrate the practice into the core of my life. I had the extraordinary opportunity to attend a month-long intensive with Richard and his wife, Mary Taylor, where my understanding of the Ashtanga tradition deepened and my approach to practicing and teaching has been impacted on all levels by this experience. Find our more about Richard and Mary at their studio’s website, the Yoga Workshop.