John was inspired to begin his yoga journey in 1995 after reading Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananada. His step-father, Dave Oliver, had been practicing the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system for some time and mentored John into becoming the teacher he is today. Having a very active background in athletics and movement, John knows it takes discipline and determination to realize one’s Self and potential. Having traveled to study Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in India and having enjoyed the culture of our generation, he has a refreshing outlook between old-world tradition and new-world inspiration. John has traveled all over Arizona and the U.S. to share his spirit for yoga. His class focuses on deepening the student’s attention physically, inspiring with dynamic verbal cueing, while staying rooted to the breath and enjoying the experience as it unfolds. John is a master vinyasa teacher and teaches with undeniable technique, clear language, and warm laughter. He has been teaching Vinyasa Yoga since 2000, in which he has helped open multiple yoga studios, participated in several teacher-training programs, and currently teaches workshops throughout the country. His current teaching residence is in Scottsdale, Arizona with the LifePower Yoga studios.
John’s most influential teachers include Tim Miller, Dave Oliver, David Swenson, Maty Ezraty, and Lino Miele. Also, Matthew Sweeney, Dharma Mittra, and Anthony “Prem” Carlisi.
This will be his second visit to the Texas Yoga Conference.
John is E-RYT 500 certified. He also holds a B.A. in Theatre from ASU.
Freedom in Back-bending-Inversion for Inspiration
Friday, January 31; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Discover real freedom that comes from feeling at expanded in your body. When you feel at spacious, your mind is at ease; the body is balanced and the whole system is stronger and more stable. Backbends inject you with life. They purify the heart, enlivening the heart chakra. The deep breathing necessary for back-bending brings a wide-awake alertness and open quality throughout the chest and shoulders. A feeling of lightness and fullness descends. That lightness is offered up through inversion! Be inspired by understanding the alignment and action to help promote stability while inverting. We will break down the essence of going upside down from the ground up!
Learn to live from your heart again and animate your spirit!
Moksha “Freedom” Flow
Saturday, February 1; 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Moksha means “mukt” eternal freedom from social and natural programming. This flow will be full of fun, sensible, liberating sequencing that will spin your body and slow your mind. Leave free of your mental burdens and let the weight lift from your soul.
A specific pranayama practice and guided meditation will complete our journey.
Musical styles such as Reggae, Hip-Hop, Electronic, and Down-tempo will lift your spirits and bring a joy to practice!