Hometown: Boulder, CO
Studio: Yoga Workshop
Class Times: Monday @ 5:30pm, Friday @ 9am
What’s your weakest asana? Savasana…I’ve never fallen asleep.
Strongest asana? Samastitihi.
How long have you practiced yoga? 15+ years.
Why yoga? I guess it’s so people can stand to be around me. (Laughs)
What do you focus on in your classes? The internal aspects of the energy body.
What is your training background? Extensive studies with Richard Freeman, plenty of Iyengar background, and I’ve also studied with Pattabhi Jois and Chuck Miller.
Yogi Diet? Vegetarian with fish. I love chocolate and some saki. That’s not a true yogi diet, but you do what works.
Nude Yoga? I’ve tried it in my personal practice, but it seems distracting. There’s got to be something.
Any religious affiliation? Well technically I’m Buddhist.
What else are you into? Rock climbing and hiking.
Any thank you’s? Thanks to my mom for going through the trouble.
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Ryan combines his passion for the "yogic" sports (rock climbing, snowboarding, surfing, skateboarding), his love of musical exploration, and his dedication to a healthful lifestyle, living yoga in all aspects of his life. He is certified in Prana Flow Vinyasa Yoga by the amazing teacher Shiva Rea and draws from his studies in Qi Gong, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Buddhism, Bhakti Yoga, and Trance Dance to lead fun, creative and powerful classes with wild tantric explorations into the present moment. He teaches vinyasa classes at Divinitree Yoga and Art Studio in Santa Cruz, California (divinitree.com). Ryan also leads ecstatic kirtan and has been performing tabla and mridanga with kirtan leader Jacob Duran in the Santa Cruz kirtan community since 2009. He has worked as a journalist and photojournalist for Climbing Magazine, the Colorado Daily Photo, 808 Scene Zine, and the Elephant Journal.