Author: arianlevanael

A journey of becoming

I've been thinking a lot lately about how men (and all people gender specific or not) can benefit from a regular physical practice and how I came to be where I am. In a society that bombards us with the perfect social media image and the perfect life plastered over our televisions, it's not all sunshine and roses. There are people...

Clean air, confinement and crafting change

So, here we are.   Such an interesting time, something that people will remember for a long while and possibly the beginning of a lot of big changes in the larger scheme of things. But, on the even larger scheme of things…. such a miniscule blip in the cosmic timeline. Let’s keep things in perspective. How are you coping with the change? It...

A plague of proportions

I am not a superstitious person, but Friday 13 March 2020 is a day I hope to forget soon, and here's why. As many of you know, I’m a yoga teacher. I teach very busy public classes and also have private students that I see regularly. It's my job to be around people, to guide and to physically assist my students....

Yoga, Music & The Art of Listening

We all love music, don’t we? Music and movement have been united since drumming and dancing around the fires of our ancestors and more recently to the night club and festival party scenes of today. It can also really help create an ‘atmosphere’ in a yoga room, but lately I haven’t been playing music in my classes and there is a...

A conversation about the art of touch and consent

There have been several articles written of late asking students if they ever have experienced touch that felt inappropriate in yoga. Other professionals whose work can involve touching people are usually regulated by the government but yoga teachers are not, so how can we as a community make sure that students feel respected and safe under our guidance? Recently I watched ...

Keeping the flame of yoga alive

I often use the analogy in my classes that when we practice yoga or any physical activity we have a flame inside us. This could be a steady burning smoulder that lasts us hopefully for the duration of the class (and the rest of our lives) or it could be a wild fire that burns out everything in its path,...

An “un-Yogi” Yoga teacher

What does it mean to be a yogi? To become a yogi? What does a yogi wear? Who is a true yogi? What are the gods of yoga? Do I need to wear yoga beads? Does chanting in yoga make you a real yogi? Does yoga make you poop? The questions could go on and on… and on. Yes, a yogi...

Shaping awareness: on and off the yoga mat

As a teacher of physical disciplines for 20 years, I have come to a clear understanding about what I am teaching and how I am teaching it. I’m not talking about just moving the body and getting a sweat on, although that is a small part of it. I am teaching awareness on a deep fundamental level. I am teaching...

Awakening Yoga Retreat in the Philippines 2020

Come and share my birthday with me next April 11-18 and expand your understanding of yoga in this immersive yoga retreat, just one hour flight from Manila, to the best luxury resort on the outskirts of Negros Island at Salaya Beach Houses. We will do some epic yoga, maybe have a cocktail or two and soak up some sun! Ahhhh island life! Check...