Get to know your local Seattle yoga teacher! Sheev Ray will be teaching at Om Culture this Friday, April 29th, 2016 as part of the center’s Spotlight on Yoga series. We have partnered with Om Culture to bring you an in depth introduction to the special teachers and performers who have been invited to share their knowledge with you. This week Sheev Ray will be teaching a “hip-gnosis” workshop. Discover the full potential of your hips and get ready to let your prana flow!

Let’s meet Sheev Ray!

#1 What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?

I was really inspired by the philosophy of yoga. I love the dance of masculine and feminine through form and energy that seems to pervade the entire cosmos, and how yoga is the science of understanding what it is to be embodied consciousness.

#2 What is one piece of advice you always give your students?

I tell my students to do the best they can. Since everything is always changing, your best will also change from day to day. Try not to have rigid expectation for your practice, instead just do the best you can in the moment and let the ego-mind relax. All will come in time through diligent practice.

#3 Describe your yoga philosophy?

It seems to me yoga philosophy was born of the curious human mind wondering about the nature of things and exploring the limits of consciousness and physicality. Over time these individual musings have become the basis of the philosophy and each new generation can verify the wisdom of this tradition through their personal experiences and even add to it. We are walking microcosms of the macrocosm.

#4 If you could practice with anyone dead or alive, who would that be and why?

I would love to practice with Krishnamacharya who taught both BKS Iyengar and Pattabi Jois. He is the Godfather of modern yoga and was an amazing yogi.

#5 How lucky are you and why?

I’m so lucky and blessed to be alive and fully capable with more choices and freedoms available than in any time of our short human history here on earth.

#6 If you could be an animal or a plant, which one would you be and why?

I’d love to be bird so I could fly around the world and explore every inch of this gorgeous earth.

#7 What is your latest favorite thing about humanity?

People are starting to realize that everything that came before us is our ancestry and that their spirits are looking down at the culmination of 3 billion years of evolution and praying that we learn to respect our heritage and become good stewards of this bountiful planet where all living things deserve a chance to live harmoniously.

#8 Anything else you’d like the local yoga community to know about you?

I have much gratitude for all the many teachers that have helped me on my path and for all the students who have shared their time and energy with me.

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Bio: One day in my late 20’s it occurred to me that I was the most inflexible person I knew. Standing or sitting still for any length of time was painful, and so I was often quite irritable. As a result of being so uncomfortable in my body, my mind too was constantly churning, making it hard to listen or concentrate. I tried a yoga class, but it was so painful and humiliating, I never completed the series I had purchased. I tried meditation, but sitting still was too difficult until a teacher recommended I sit in a reclining sofa chair. Hallelujah! Suddenly I found myself awake and at peace for some unknown period of time—something I had never before experienced in my adult life! I began a daily “stretching routine” followed by meditation practice for about a year before I had the courage to try another yoga class. As good fortune would have it, that class started a practice that healed my life, introduced me to my guru/soul mate, and began what would eventually become my new career. Special thanks to Kathleen Hunt for opening my heart to the path of yoga. I began teaching in 1996 and three years later co-founded Samadhi Yoga Center on Capitol Hill.

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Don’t miss Sheev Ray’s Hip-gnosis Workshop class on Friday 4/29/2016. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Find out more on the Facebook event page and book your ticket online through Yoga Panda.

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Alex Tran

Alex has been practicing yoga since 2012. She realized the physical and mental benefits of yoga quickly and fell in love with the practice on and off the mat. She received her RYT 200 from Be Luminous Yoga, a Baptiste Inspired studio, in 2015 and began teaching yoga to foster youth and at Seattle Gym. Alex teaches a blend of styles from power vinyasa, vinyasa flow, hatha and gentle yoga. She is receptive to what her students need and tailors the class to meet their expectations and goals. Alex invites her students to explore their bodies with ahimsa (compassion) and svadhyaya (curiosity). Alex is also the Content and Community Engagement Manager for Seattle Yoga News. When Alex isn't focused on her practice and yoga education, she is spending time with her chihuahua x miniature pinscher named Bebot and traveling the world.

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