I've got a new yoga crush! And it's not on a lithe, flexi, ballerina, handstanding, type person.... it's Doug. "Standing on your head won't get you any more enlightened."
is what he says.
When I heard that, on a video by him on Gaia.com I instantly took to him. Now this was ages ago, and my students will have heard me quote him many times. Often I will quote it when we are about to try a difficult asana and I don't want people to feel pressured into trying it.
So having heard this, and loved his attitude, I have no idea why it has taken me until now to download more of his classes on gaia.com
In this class I just did he explained his journey to becoming a teacher... which involved a road trip in the late sixties, surfing and a famous brother. Then he taught a lovely flow which was based on Ashtanga, but with extra spice! Watch out students if I come and sub a class soon! Thanks to Doug, I have some new postures in my arsenal which are very, very firey to try out on ya!
What I love is that even though he is nails with his asana he really seems to live and breathe the niyama called ishvara pranidhana (humbly not fixating on the goal) which is my personal nemesis. Other online teachers do not convince me they 'live' this niyama, especially those on instagram. How can they possibly live it when every single post they make is about achieving a physical goal??
Although I do work on my asana and target difficult ones I'm trying very hard not to make them my goal. It takes strength to actually just enjoy the process of practicing and the journey of learning to do a challenging pose, learning from falling and improving bit by bit. Learning from the discipline of going to the mat day after day. Learning from the humility of teaching physically more able people and developing them. So teachers like Doug who do this naturally and just ooze yoga are such an amazing example.
Polished social media guru he is not (check out his website!) but yogi guru he sure is. And that's the way we like it!