Our Namaste Tribe is a powerhouse of wise, talented, and experienced teachers who have dedicated their lives to sharing the gift of yoga with others. We are constantly in awe of the incredible offerings our teachers bring to this community. We are excited to share a new blog series focused on celebrating our teachers and hopefully giving you all a glimpse into the talented team that makes up Namaste Yoga + Wellness.
Meet Timothy Lynch
How long have you been at Namaste?
I have been at Namaste for 2 months.
What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
Teaching found me, and seeing how transformational practice has been and continues to be in my own life, I began to share.
What is your favorite literature on yoga or meditation?
The Guru Papers by Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad, Guruji by Eddie Stern and Guy Donahaye, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa, and Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach.
Best advice you have ever received relating to your practice?
Practice every day.
Your favorite self-care practices?
Listen to reggae, eat donuts sometimes, get plenty of rest, and don’t take oneself to seriously!
What is your morning routine?
Wake up, take a few sips of coffee and a shower, and get to practice.
What are you involved with outside the studio?
Right now, simply trying to acclimate to having moved across the country.
How often do you practice?
Six days a week.
Absolute favorite asana?
The same one as my least favorite, Kapostasana…it teaches me the most about myself!
What is your favorite part of the Namaste community?
That I’ve recently been welcomed into it.
What is your favorite thing about yoga?
Unlike external things, it cannot be taken from you, it’s always there. Also, I really enjoy the idea that it takes so much effort, but it’s mostly about letting go…that relationship I find so interesting and forever complex.
What is something you wish all of our students understood better?
How to show up for themselves more, and to understand that they are their best teacher if they could only learn to listen closely.
Thoughts on where the yoga industry is headed?
Well, in all honesty… ok… I think the “yoga industry” has become very much reliant upon codependent relationships between student/teacher. For example: the student comes to class to see what the teacher has to offer them. Often, the teacher becomes a performer of sorts. This is sadly (in my opinion) moving away from allowing the student to research and develop self trust. Instead, students are sometimes left with some thoughts about their likes and dislikes of the teachers playlist that night, some criticisms or praise for the order of poses, etc. What’s left after class at times revolves around the teacher… this is not my understanding of yoga. Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind. When you blast music, pump loads of heat into the room, move students quickly in and out of crazy difficult poses, how can a students mind be at ease? It’s impossible. BUT, at the end of class they are completely exhausted from overstimulation, and feel like the teacher has accomplished something on their behalf. This creates a codependency between the student, who needs their “drugs” and a teacher who needs the students to validate the quality of their playlist, or whatever they need the student for. I’m not sure anymore.
The greatest gift a student has ever given me is to say goodbye and go in search of her/his own self practice. As I see it, a teacher climbs a mountain, stands at the top and looks into the distance. They stand strong so that their students can climb up onto their shoulders and look further still.
I’m not against a feel good practice, I’m just asking, how much do we really need to feel good? Do we really NEED that much stimulation to be at ease within ourselves? Can the feeling of the sun on your face be enough? Can the vibrant color of a leaf be enough? Can dancing to our own breath be enough? Can seeing the sight of your mothers’ face after not seeing her for a year be enough? And most importantly, can what we already have, right here, right now be enough???
What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area?
We arrive to our mat daily reminding ourselves that profound change is possible within a single breath. making effort and softening, extending and flexing simultaneously, we meditate on the relationships of what seem to be opposites. in this way, we make an offering of our attention towards unity and the interdependence of, well, pretty much everything.
Timothy offers gratitude to all of his teachers including Eddie Stern, Rolf and marci Naujokat, Sharath Jois, Surinder Singh, Alison West, and to Barbara Verrochi and Kristin Leigh who through there dedication and humility have been a great inspiration for him to continue along on this path towards self trust. Most recently timothy received the blessings of Sharath Jois at the Sri k. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India, to teach Ashtanga Yoga.