JOHNNY IS A REGISTERED YOGA TEACHER WITH YOGA ALLIANCE AND THE INTERNATIONAL YOGA FEDERATION. ADDITIONALLY, HE HAS COMPLETED TEACHER TRAININGS IN BHAKTI AND HATHA YOGA, AND REMAINS A DEDICATED STUDENT OF THE ASHTANGA YOGA SYSTEM AS TRANSMITTED BY HIS CURRENT TEACHER SARASWATHI JOIS IN MYSORE, INDIA.
Three pillars of teaching
My own search for authenticity led me to my first Ashtanga yoga teacher Chetan Mahesh, in Rishikesh India, and ultimately to my current teacher since 2014 Saraswathi Jois, in Mysore India. I am deeply humbled by the time I get to spend at the source of this lineage, and with the global community that preserves its methods. The 8-limb structure of Ashtanga Yoga, provides a intuitive framework for daily living. The practice helps to support and inform the work I do as a nurse and in all aspects of my life. As a yoga teacher, I humbly draw from a diverse base of knowledge that has shaped my own path, while creating space for practitioners to navigate the very personal experience of yoga.
I am true believer that yoga is for EVERYONE. The transformation that comes with holding a dedicated practice in your life is fully accessible to all. I also know that Ashtanga Yoga is for everyone, but not everyone is into Ashtanga. Candidly, it took me nearly 15 years of wondering around the yoga world, to find and settle into the practice myself. My approach in teaching greets the practitioner exactly where they are physically, emotionally and spiritually. From there I employ basic fundamentals of yoga in creating a safe, open and non-dogmatic threshold for all students to enter. It is the practice itself that will truly shape the students experience, not the teacher.
I have chosen two paths that demand lifelong learning, yoga and nursing. Each of these journeys continues to evolve and expand through knowledge sharing by collogues, professors, patients, teachers and students. Over the years, I have gained a keen awareness that every person, environment and experience holds a unique gift of knowledge, when we are willing to open our hearts and listen. I embrace open lines of communication whenever I hold a space for teaching and welcome expertise from any direction. Finally, on more than one occasion my practice has been dialed back to square one because of injury, ego, or some other life circumstance. This is one of the most humbling places to be, and one of my best teachers. Working around the pain and discomfort of a broken bone or ego is where we really begin to understand the divine nature in all of us.