We know you have your favorite teachers , but we believe it’s great to mix up your practices to get new influences and perspectives. This Q and A with Ryan Stone will introduce you to one of our newest instructors. His story weaves together comedy, performance, and breathing, before landing him squarely in the practice of yoga. Welcome him into our Namaste tribe! He teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, and Gentle Yoga at UC Berkeley and Namaste. Meet your teacher Ryan Stone.
Q: What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
A: My work in the Chicago improv comedy scene brought me to yoga as a way to manage nerves before a performance. Laughter and breathing share an interesting relationship.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?
A: I love vicarious victories! Helping students with firsts, and watching their growth is a huge thrill for me.
Q: Which teachers have influenced / are influencing your practice?
A: Kim Wilcox, Annie Carpenter, Ava Roy and Darren Friesen are strong presences in my teaching style.
Q: What does your yoga practice look like and how has it changed your life?
A: My practice is a marriage of learning how I teach myself something, and working to find language that removes the barriers I struggled to overcome. The poses that came easily to me are the hardest to teach.
Q: What is something you wish your students knew?
A: We will all need to teach the next generation how to put down their phones. Most of us need to become better at it ourselves first.
Q: Do you have any yoga and wellness books or podcast recommendations?
A: Light on Life, Light on the Yoga Sutras are two current favorites. Both are by B.K.S. Iyengar.
Q: Are you a morning person or night owl?
A: Night owl! But I sometimes do get up early.
Q: What is your morning routine?
A: Coffee first. Wait, what was the question? [slurpslurp]
Q: What are you involved with outside the studio?
A: I participate in a comedy writing group, book club, and love watching the Warriors.
Q: What are your favorite ways to move? How do you hold on to the feeling of being embodied?
A: Dancing and biking are two favorite physical activities. I love partner and acrobatic yoga as well.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure (if you have one)? Everyone is human and we want our students to know that.
A: I love good beer.
Q: Anything else you want to share?
A: I sometimes struggle with pronoun politics. Educate me how best to address you, friend.
Please join Ryan for his weekly public classes at Namaste. You will be challenged and held with love wherever you are in your practice. Click here for his schedule.