Below you'll find my interview with one of my favorite yogis... a mini-biography of sorts, a more intimate look; from embarrassing teaching moments to how he found yoga, with some thoughtful inspirational quotes sprinkled throughout.
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Without further ado, I present the first installment of "On Drishti" - enjoy!
For nearly two years I’ve vacated my cozy, warm bed at 5:30am to breathe and stretch in his class at my local Equinox. His signature style of Vinyasa and gentle, guiding way of truly moving with each inhale and exhale is incredible, each flow choreographed to move the student in different planes all over one’s mat.
Fortunately, Ian graciously agreed to let me pick his brain and ask him all my yogi questions, and we planned to get together after his 6:15pm Wednesday Power Yoga class (which meant this chick did two yoga classes in one day, swoon). We then conducted this interview over a delicious nourishing dinner at Dig Inn, which, if you haven’t gone, you need to close your laptop and get over there. It’s delicious.
Ian is French Canadian, the youngest of three, and has spent the majority of his adult life here in Boston. He attended college and graduate school in Massachusetts, studying Medical Laboratory Science, Public Health and Nursing (and he’s got multiple bachelor’s and master’s degrees, y’all!). He currently lives just outside of Boston. He is employed full time as a nurse managing a clinical trial for a potential leukemia treatment. Yoga, as you can see, is not his primary source of income, but a part-time gig: “I never want yoga to be about income,” he tells me; I agree with him emphatically and feel the same in terms of my own career path, but more on that another time. “It allows me to have a nice work life balance; yoga is the thing that helps keep my work-life balance in check.”
So how did Ian discover yoga? (Click "Read More")