What is your favorite asana & why?
My favorite Asana, that’s a hard one…I would have to say Baddha Padmasana (Bound lotus posture). It is challenging and has many benefits like improving the posture of the spine, and it stretches the joints of the shoulders, arms, wrists, back, and many more. In a lot of the old texts, Baddha Padmasana is said to cure diseases.
That is a easy one, Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana- Hand to big toe pose. This posture has always been so hard for me because my hamstrings are so tight. My personal theory is that if you don’t like a particular posture, and it is challenging, do it as much as possible until you master it with steadiness and ease.
Recommended Reading (Yoga & non-yoga)-
I have many!
Shadow Yoga-Chaya Yoga by Shandor Remete
Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga by Srivatsa Ramaswami
Trilogy of Shiva by Amish (fiction)
Bhagavad Gita- any translation but first read Mahabharat
Diary of Anne Frank
Tao of Poo.
Funniest/most embarrassing yoga moment?
I was demonstrating a jump back for a teacher during an Astangha class and caught my foot on my fisher pants and ripped them right off. Very embarrassing, but way funny now.
Best/most rewarding yoga moment?
When I see students living with cancer smile as they get up from savasana when I teach a class.
Who knew? (interesting tidbits you might like to share)
I used to be on a breakdancing team. I love to dance. I am obsessed with The Dance of Shiva; it is an old dance that many of our postures today come from.
What inspired you to be a student and then teacher of yoga?
I lived in a monastery and an ashram when I was younger; we meditated for hours and hours a day. This was really challenging for my hips. Then one of my teachers and best friend Matt Krepps said let me teach you some yoga. He he did, and I fell in love with it that day. The one thing I want to share in my life is yoga. I feel the benefits can expand into infinity. All the paths of yoga are important: Raja, Bhakti, Jnana, Karma. So I strive to include all of them as I teach.
One piece of advice you like to give your students?
Live every minute as it is your last, spend quality time, be kind and say I love you to those you love. There are so many people who don’t wake up in the morning. Life is Divine. Look at everyone and remember we are God’s children, each and everyone of us.
Favorite yoga quote or Mantra?
Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi
Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt
We meditate on that most adored Supreme Lord, the creator, whose effulgence (divine light) illumines all realms (physical, mental and spiritual). May this divine light illumine our intellect.
To remember Self-Realization means that you have all the things you need to activate the higher self, you just have to unlock the doors. Open yourself to find that…….
How can we stay connected?
To remember that you are the most important thing under the sun, and so is everyone else. To be a spiritual being is to look at every person as a creation of God, or creator, universe, whatever you believe. There will always be peace if you remember that, within and out.
Wesley will be joining us on Friday, May 31 for a class on The Warrior Arka and Saturday, June 1 for Healthy Hamstrings & Shoulders. Go to our events page to see more details. Also, check out his article on The Warrior Arka to learn more about it!