Tias is committed to teaching yoga as a contemplative path, leading to greater sensitivity, tolerance and deep understanding (prajna). Tias unique and skillful approach enables students to find greater depth of understanding and awareness in their practice, both on and off the mat. His approach to the practice is inter-disciplinary, passionate, intelligent, innovative and full of insight. Tias synthesizes years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage, and trauma healing.
Tias began studying the work of B.K.S Iyengar in 1984 and lived in Mysore India in 1989 studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Pattabhi Jois. Thus his teaching brings together precision of alignment, anatomical detail and a profound meditative experience. Tias is a licensed massage therapist and his somatic studies include in-depth training in cranial-sacral therapy. His practice and teaching is influenced by the work of Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais and Thomas Hanna. Tias is a long time student of the meditative arts and Buddhist studies beginning with Vipassana and continuing in Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. His teaching style is unique in being able to weave together poetic metaphor with clear instruction filled with compassion and humor. Tias earned a Masters degree in Eastern Philosophy from St. John's College Santa Fe in 1998\. He lives in Santa Fe New Mexico where he directs his school Prajna Yoga with his wife Surya and is author of three books, The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop and The Yoga of the Subtle Body.
This focused, methodical practice begins with sun salutations then gets right into extended and twisted standing poses followed by inversions. It's all about finding the edge within each pose, without pushing against it or pulling back from it. No matter how small, each edge represents a possibility for growth and transformation. Props Needed: A bolster, a block, a strap, and a blanket.
Using the visualization of a stethoscope, scan your body and listen deeply within. Begin at your heart, noticing the pulsations, then sense the rise and fall of your breathing at your diaphragm, lower belly, and skull.