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Trainer Function: Get to Know Seán Johnson


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What was your intial expertise with yoga?

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I’ll be trustworthy— I used to be actually turned off by my first expertise with yoga. After having many buddies inform me how I ought to attempt yoga for its peaceable advantages, I signed up for an Intro to Yoga course. As I lay down on my mat making ready for sophistication to start, the instructor walked over, stomped his foot onto the ground subsequent to my mat, leaned over, and yelled at me to maneuver my mat in order that it was in exact alignment with the wall. Once I moved it, he yelled once more saying it was nonetheless a millimeter off. Shortly afterwards, he began strolling on his palms across the room, admonishing different college students for varied inadequacies in the way in which they had been training. After the category, I walked out and thought to myself, “what an @#$%&!, if that is yoga, it’s not for me.” I had paid upfront for the course, however didn’t return, and based mostly upon that have, deliberate on staying away from yoga on this lifetime…

Fortunately, awhile later, I used to be invited into a really completely different method to yoga that will remodel my life in profound methods. Whereas I used to be at school at The Evergreen State Faculty, I met a professor named Doranne Crable who would turn into a pal, mentor, and my first yoga instructor. I used to be in a heartbroken place after the ending of a partnership and thirsty for inspiration and therapeutic. Doranne was a tremendous girl who traveled all around the world learning dance, meditation, yoga, and literature. She was deeply non secular, artistic, eccentric, variety, a fellow imperfect human. Her lessons had been like a non secular/artwork laboratory the place we studied and practiced yoga, meditation, poetry, singing, dance, literature, and extra. I learn Rumi and Mary Oliver for the primary time, went on a ten day silent meditation retreat, chanted mantras and knew instantly it might be a life-long observe, dared to problem the self-conscious awkwardness I felt in my physique via yoga, dance, and different motion practices, and a lot extra. She guided many reflective processes to assist us backyard the fertile soil of our internal lives. The experiences Doranne curated regularly helped to show my heartbreak into non secular gasoline, and I started studying how one can honor and remodel grief via non secular observe and artwork. Ultimately, Doranne inspired me to show yoga which opened up a complete life path. She helped plant the seeds for a lot of what has given my life which means, and I’m extremely grateful for her.

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Photograph courtesy of Seán Johnson

What do you discover most rewarding about instructing yoga?

I really like making a sacred, playful, deep house for folks to pay attention and strengthen their religion in their very own instinct. I really like reworking asanas and flows into heart-opening meaning-making rituals. I really like the phenomenon and paradox of a yoga class as a group house the place we may be collectively as a gaggle whereas experiencing the intimate solitude of our personal private observe. I really like how nourishing and galvanizing it’s to be surrounded by people who find themselves paying attention to their internal lives via the automobile of yoga observe. I really like making a therapeutic house the place everybody can dare to observe being themselves, relatively than conforming to a inflexible, dogmatic agenda.

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I really like how nourishing and galvanizing it’s to be surrounded by people who find themselves paying attention to their internal lives via the automobile of yoga observe

Do you’ve a favourite yoga pose?

The observe that almost all conjures up me, and can also be one of the crucial historic and highly effective of yoga’s practices is singing. Singing places me instantly in my coronary heart, and makes me really feel most alive, and has been an outstanding supply of therapeutic in my life.

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Alternatives to Apply with Seán

Weekly Courses 

Bhakti Stream – Tuesdays 6-7:30pm

Upcoming Workshops 

Bhaktify! Bhakti For Asana Academics – Bringing Extra Coronary heart, Creativity & Musicality To Educating Yoga – January Twenty sixth-Twenty eighth Data & Registration Right here

Trainer Coaching

Seán is curating and will likely be a lead instructor in our upcoming “Educating From The Coronary heart” 200 Hour Trainer Coaching – Spring 8 Weekend Course Begins April twelfth & Summer time 4 Week Immersion begins June twenty fourth Data & Registration Right here

Retreat

Celtic Spirituality Retreat in Eire with Seán & Eire native Mary Meighan – Could Thirteenth-Seventeenth. Data & Registration Right here

Hear

Comply with Seán Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band on Spotify

Seán Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band web site

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seanwildlotusband/

Fb: https://www.fb.com/SeanJohnsonAndTheWildLotusBand


Seán is a revered yoga instructor, instructor coach, studio proprietor, and bhakti musician who teaches internationally. 

Along with being the director of AYC, he’s the founding father of Wild Lotus Yoga in his beloved hometown dubbed “New Orleans’ House for Coronary heart-Centered Yoga & Down-To-Earth Spirituality,” which has been voted “Finest Place To Take A Yoga Class” in New Orleans 21 years in a row by Gambit Weekly readers. Seán can also be the founding father of Soul Faculty, an interdisciplinary yoga instructor coaching program that focuses on instructing yoga with ability, coronary heart, and creativeness, co-led with Mitchel Bleier.

He has a Grasp’s diploma from The Naropa Institute-Oakland with a deal with devotional singing and instructing chant as non secular observe, apprenticing there with south Indian musician and instructor Russill Paul, creator of “The Yoga Of Sound.” He’s the co-curator and coordinator of Putumayo World Music’s yoga music collection, and a co-founder of The Auricle Collective – a worldwide cooperative of chant and non secular musicians exploring artistic methods to uplift every others’ music. Seán can also be obsessed with his Irish roots and ancestry, a pillar of his spirituality. He co-leads on-line Celtic Spirituality gatherings and retreats in Eire annually along with his pal, Eire native Mary Meighan, founding father of Celtic Journeys.

Since 2005 Seán & The Wild Lotus Band have merged acutely aware lyrics, sacred chants from the non secular traditions of yoga and past, and roots, rock, gospel, and international grooves to create a common model of cross-cultural non secular music. The band contains Seán (vocals and harmonium); Alvin Younger (6-string fretless bass & guitar); Gwendolyn Colman (percussion & vocals); Narada Clever (drums) and multi-instrumentalist Chris Rosser. They’re identified for creating interactive, soul-stirring songs to bounce and sing together with in addition to to grieve and heal. Their music has appeared on Putumayo World Music, they’re the primary mantra music band to play The New Orleans Jazz Competition. Their newest album Thriller was named top-of-the-line albums in Louisiana music by Offbeat Journal. 

In all these roles, Seán relishes making a playful, tender, courageous house for folks to open their hearts and voices, and embrace their innate creativity.

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