PEACE OF BLUE YOGA
Richard Brent Goble
My first ever yoga class was at music camp when I was 17 years old. The intrigue was palpable. The further I went, the more I noticed my mind. Agitations. Worries. Discomfort. Release. Pleasure. Silence.
It would be another 2 years before I took my second class. This time, nestled in the Old Smokey Mountains of Western North Carolina. That had been a particularly challenging summer, but that one Yoga class changed everything.
Post college, I moved to New York City. Eyes fixated on the big beautiful Broadway stages. Navigating the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple metropolis was beyond challenging for this midwestern hopeful. I found my way to Yoga again.Ironically enough, my path towards one-pointed focus was multi-faceted. Bikram, Vinyasa, Jivamukti, Ashtanga, Hatha, Yin. I loved all of it. I moved to Las Vegas and took a huge interest in Hot Vinyasa and Hot Power Yoga. My stamina skyrocketed.Upon my 5th year living in Vegas, I met my beautiful wife, Aashka, and I left to the other side of the world – India. I’ve lived here over 2 and a half years.
I enrolled myself in a rigorous teacher training program in Mumbai at the well-renowned Yoga Institute. The course was enriching however I didn’t feel satisfied with only 1 month. I decided to immediately follow up with the advanced course which was to last 3 months. The Yoga Institute was a tremendous experience for the yoga philosophy, diet, lifestyle, and therapy. In February 2019, I attended the Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher training program with Bharath Shetty in Mysore.
The month spent at IndeaYoga Dhama shook me to my foundations. I grew in ways that even today continue to blossom. Every day in front of Bharathji was a day with a true master. His knowledge and experience of Yoga would forever inform my own practice and the means in which I would share that knowledge with the world.
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