"Yoga is my life, my passion, my calling. To share it with you is the highest honor."
My Journey Through Yoga
I thank my mother, Katie, for getting me into yoga. She took a yoga teacher training when I was ten years old. It was the first of its kind in our small town in Indiana, and when she finished, she was one of only a handful of instructors in the entire region. I played football, basketball, wrestled, ran cross country, and ran track, throughout my formative years. A small town kid from Indiana in the late 90s, I thought yoga was weird. But on the advice of my mother, I tried it. I was too busy as a kid to dedicate any time to it, but the ancient teachings began to work their magic in the deep recesses of my mind.
When I turned eighteen and went off to College, I was very stressed out, and my body was very inflexible from years of sports. I began doing some light yoga in my dorm and then apartment after reading "Light on Yoga" by B.K.S. Iyengar, "The Heart of Yoga" by T.K.V. Desikachar and watching old Power Yoga Youtube videos of Bryan Kest. When I began, I couldn't sit cross-legged without pain in my ankles, knees and hips. I slouched, had lower back pain, and had such tight shoulders that I would wake up multiple times a night with numbness and tingling down both of my arms due to poor circulation. But as the months went on, I started to make progress!
My hips started to loosen slowly, I didn't wake up in the middle of the night with numbness anymore! Anxiety that had troubled me for as long as I could remember, started to dissipate. I started to feel connected to myself, and to the world. As months turned to years, my progress from the worst yoga student in the world- who couldn't sit still, and pushed as hard as possible in every pose- gave way to more easiness in body and mind.
I realized that I wanted to share yoga with the world. It had helped me in every area of my life, and I knew it could have the same impact on others. So, I enrolled in a yoga teacher training. I began teaching almost immediately after I finished my first training, humbly sharing what I knew. Since that first training I have studied with hundreds of teachers in lineages from Ashtanga and Iyengar, to Yin and Nidra. The practice of yoga is so diverse, I continue to learn every single day both from my teachers and students.
Yoga is my passion. I have owned my own yoga studio, taught thousands of yoga classes, trained all over the world, and at the end of the day, it's all about sharing this ancient practice with you.
Thanks for reading :)
Saul David Raye
My Teaching Style
I find that from every teacher, every lineage, and every practice, you can glean new light and wisdom. My teaching is a fusion of styles and traditions including: Ashtanga, Power yoga, Iyengar, Yin yoga, restorative yoga, Akhanda yoga, Integral yoga, and the teachings of Ido Portal. The hallmarks of my teaching include: Freedom, Compassion, The Balancing of Pluralities into Singularity, and Fun.
I also practice gymnastics, capoeira, calisthenics, run, and rock climb in my spare time, which all inform my teaching.
Every yoga class is an opportunity to enlighten my students with the wisdom of the body, mind and spirit, to progress ever more towards Moksha, Ananda, Kaivalya, Mahasamadhi and Yoga.
Through the practice of yoga we all become a little more understanding, a little more compassionate, and a little more loving.