Namaste Yoga + Wellness is a container for the Bay Area’s best yoga teachers to offer their incredible talent and wisdom to students of all backgrounds. These highly experienced teachers have dedicated their lives to sharing the gift of yoga with others and we couldn’t be more grateful. It is an honor to support them and to connect them with yoga practitioners like you.
We are excited to share this special new blog series focused on celebrating your yoga teachers and hopefully giving you a glimpse into the brilliant team that is the Namaste Yoga + Wellness family. We have over 55 teachers in our community and every single person offers something unique!
Meet Jerry Givens:
How long have you been at Namaste?
About 3 years
What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
Watching my own growth in yoga, I really wanted to share the experience with likeminded souls. Teaching was the natural next step.
Your favorite literature on yoga or meditation?
My favorite book on yoga is the Yoga Sutra. It’s timeless, a classic, and somewhat hard to read. Though over the years, through trainings and mentorship with other teachers, I’ve come to better understand the Sutra. Every time I return to it, more is revealed. It’s the book that keeps on giving. More contemporary, a great “first read” for aspiring yogis is “The Art of Joyful Living” by Swami Rama, which details “how” to be a yogi in the modern world.
Which teachers have influenced your practice?
I’ve had the pleasure of studying primarily with Devidas Karina Mirsky (based in Kalamazoo, MI), who is a longtime student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker. Karina’s background in yoga, massage, mindfulness, and her Masters in East-West Psychology have inspired me to look at my practice and the teaching beyond my own perceptions, attempting to understand truth from a higher perspective.
How often do you practice?
Every morning, I sit in meditation. My asana (physical yoga) practice is more varied depending on the day/week.
What is your morning or evening routine?
Each morning, I practice nauli kriya for 2-3 minutes before settling in for a 20-30 minute meditation practice. After that, I move mindfully through my home as I get ready for the day. This really helps make sure I can be my best self each day.
Your favorite self-care practices?
Daily meditation, massage, nature, “me” time, hot springs, personal retreats
What are you involved with outside the studio?
I’m fortunate to have many passions, including writing Adventure Fantasy novels. Over the past 6 years, I’ve published 3 novels and I just finished writing the fourth one this past summer.
Absolute favorite asana?
Savasana for sure. Yes, you’re just laying there, but can be quite difficult to master – to be able to lie there awake, present, but also at complete rest. Practicing Yoga Nidra really helped me to find peace (not sleep) in this pose.
What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area?
Nature meets city. I love it!