Erich Schiffmann is the ultimate contradiction. An LA yogi who has been on the scene for decades, he does not look the part. He’s not the skinny and strict Annie Carpenter type, or Bryan Kest handsome, and he doesn’t have a dramatic drug recovery story to explain his immersion into yoga.
Schiffmann could be described as a tall, roly-poly teacher, with a smile that seems to come from deep within. He runs a freeform class and yet has studied with some of the luminaries of our time (and I use that word advisedly –J. Krishnamurti, T.K.V Desikachar, B.K.S Iyengar, Vanda Scaravelli,T. Krishnamacharya), which may be why there is something profound about his classes. Committed yogis have always sought him out.
He doesn’t teach in New York often, but since he’s coming to Omega the weekend of October 11th – 13th, YogaCity NYC’s Cynthia Kling called him up to find out how he got started, what his philosophy is, and what he wants his students to learn and unlearn in his classes. Continue reading
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“I love being a student.” This statement is certainly true for me, and I have heard the sentiment echoed by a number of other teachers. I actively seek out teacher training opportunities and workshops as a way to both refresh my own yoga practice and rejuvenate my teaching. Any time I attend a training, my practice is affected for the weeks immediately following. Truly effective and inspirational classes tend to influence my teaching longer-term, and some of the concepts transfer to my day-to-day life. The June weekend workshop with Erich Schiffmann at Yogaview Wilmette was just such an experience. Continue reading
Freedom Style Yoga with Erich Schiffmann. Erich will share his approach to Freedom Style Yoga through Discussion, Meditation, Guided Asana, Freeform Practice, and Relaxation. This workshop is suitable for students of all levels.
Erich has been named one of the most innovative yoga teachers in the country by Yoga Journal, and is author of Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness, numerous DVDs, CDs and digital downloads, all available on his website: erichschiffmann.com. Erich’s style of teaching is unique and clear, full of humor, freedom, and spirit. He has been passionately involved with the practice for 45 years.
If you get it, it will flower and become your thing. That’s the point! To let it feel like you are the authentic expression of yoga, live! The lineage is about getting lit up and being inspired and new. And so, get in touch with the actual lineage, not a specific technique only. Yes, be grateful to all your teachers, but the specific technique is just a way to get online with The Totality.
Then, let The Totality gush through you. That is what all the lineage holders were doing, in their way. Continue reading
“You talk about detachment but you also talk about trusting your deepest impulses. Can you explain, please?” The smarter you get, the more you realize how little you know. Therefore, don’t rely so much on the little you know. Instead, put the little you know in pause mode and then engage in active listening. I have been calling that, “Get Online.” Use your mind to get online. Detachment is an intermediate step. Detach from your conditioning, and then trust the deeper impulses coming from the One. Live your life like that. Lifestyle. That’s yoga, the way you live your life. Continue reading