Yoga Teacher Interview: Zachary Hitchcock of Diamondhead Yoga, Hawaii

Via Ryan Nadlonek
on Aug 10, 2009
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Name: Zachary Hitchcock
Age: 46
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Studio: Daimondhead Yoga
Style: Ashtanga
Training Background: 200 hour Ashtanga Intensive at Yoga Hawaii with Anthony Carlisi, Studies with Pattabhi Jois as well as Pattabhi’s son Manju, grandson Sharath, and daughter Saraswati.
Contact: [email protected]


How long have you practiced yoga? 14 years.
Why do you practice yoga? It calls me. Something told me, even as a kid, that I’d be practicing yoga and tai chi.
What is your regular practice? Typical two hour Ashtanga practice six days a week minus moon days. The energy is really intense on the full moon and really low on the new moon. If you get hurt on those days, it takes longer to heal.
Yogi Diet? Macrobiotic. Once you start it, its like nothing else. It makes you feel so good.


Favorite Asana? Garbapindasana – wrapped lotus while rolling around in a circle.
Weakest Asana? Drop-backs.
Strongest Asana? Sirsasana – headstand.
What do you focus on in your classes? Fundamentally, first and foremost, the breath. Secondly, grounding and alignment.
Nude yoga? You need to be careful. You might trip over something, or hop through and … woops!
Any religious affiliations? There’s no god-realization without self-realization.


What’s it like studying with Pattabhi Jois? The first time I encountered Guruji was in New York. I was in class, in chataranga, watching him to see where he’s at. I hear him saying “Head Down! Head Down!” Next thing I know, I’ve got this big hand on my head, and he’s pushing me down. So it’s me he’s yelling at out of 200 people. I don’t think there’s a teacher on the planet that doesn’t feel awkward around him beacuse he has so much compassion and a beautiful presence. Its humbling.


How does yoga work with the ego? It humbles the ego.
What else are you into? Surfing, rock and roll, and tai chi.
Favorite yogic philosophy? Yoga is the cessation of the flucuations of the mind. Chitti vritti nirodaha.
Last thing you did to make the world a better place? I taught you yoga this morning.
Any thank yous? Nature (prakriti), to all my students, and of course, god, whatever that is.


About Ryan Nadlonek

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 ( 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.


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