Teacher Feature: Todd Norian

1. How would you describe yoga?

Yoga is the union with the vast, mysterious eternal cosmic life force that lives inside your heart through setting healthy self boundaries.

2. How did you find your way to yoga?

I followed my heart into a jazz performance major at University of Miami and there happened to be a yoga studio across the street. I tried it and it stuck. Then a few years later went to a 10 day retreat at Kripalu and stayed for 13 years.

3. Who is your primary teacher right now?

I have several tantric scholars I like to study with and follow. But the two teachers I study with the most are Paul Muller-Ortega and Douglas Brooks to deepen my practice and understanding.

4. What inspires you to keep teaching?

The dedication in my students inspires me every time I teach. To see the beauty of their hearts when they open is breathtaking.

5. What is your practice like off the mat? How would you say you live your yoga?

I’m fairly organized and like to use my time well. I work a ton but I also make room for exercise and relationships. I also love to work on my house. Being a home owner is a joy for me and a never ending process! I live my yoga by trying to be kind and generous to all.

6. Do you have a routine or ritualistic way to starting each day? If so, please describe.

As part of the Ashaya Sadhana Practice, I do an hour or two of asana, kriya, pranayama, mantra, and meditation. About once or twice a week I offer puja which is a ritual of devotion from the heart. I’ve been developing the Ashaya level 2 practices which correspond with my new 300 hour Ashaya TT. I enjoy working on the formula for powerful practices in the laboratory of my own body. I do this in the morning time.

7. What are some non-negotiables you have in your life right now to maintain balance and health in everyday living?

I try to practice meditation twice a day no matter what and exercise at least twice a week.

8. What draws you to the Lila community?

All of the beautiful hearts and the deep dedication to being awake on the journey.

9. If you would suggest one book to the community to read as an opportunity to deepen their learning on life, yoga, and all things, what would it be?

Listen to Brenee Brown’s book on tape, “Men, Women, and Worthiness”. Awesome lessons on life and how to deal with shame.
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