Hi all! Today is the first of what I hope will be monthly interviews with some of my favorite yogis! Roy Holman is a fabulous yoga teacher as well as a graduate of Whole Life Yoga’s 200 hour and 500 hour yoga teacher trainings. I understand his retreats are to die for! Please join me in welcoming him, and ask him any questions you have in the comments!
Roy, thanks so much for joining me on the Whole Life Yoga blog today! Let’s dive right into the questions.
Why and when did you start practicing yoga?
1996, during a dark night of the soul, depressed, with an eating disorder. I felt so good and grounded from yoga, I knew if it could help me, it could help anyone!
What do you specifically appreciate about Viniyoga?
The breath connection and presence, and the look in people’s eyes after class. A spark!
Any yoga horror stories?
Too many to list! Farting when I was adjusting someone’s head in Savasana comes to mind. Another time while teaching, during a stretch, I split the back of my pants.
Oh my. I hesitate to ask after that, but what is one of your most humbling moments as a teacher?
I usually share a few thoughts before we begin the asana. A woman would always come to my YMCA class 10 minutes late. I finally gently, kindly asked her if it was difficult to arrive on time, and she said “I purposely show up late to avoid listening to your psychobabble!”
At least she was honest! Tell me, what would you tell people interested in trying yoga for the first time?
If you don’t like it, don’t quit. Try another teacher or style until your body purrrs … I’m biased, but I feel there is a yoga for every body.
I totally agree. And there is a yoga TEACHER for every student. What do you think are the most important qualities of a great yoga teacher?
Authenticity, humility, kindness, and one who is doing the inner work and has a spiritual practice (not just asana).
Kate (the yoga teacher/sleuth in my series) has anger management issues, but she uses yoga to mitigate them. What challenges do you face, and how does yoga help you overcome them?
I have no issues–except denial! Truthfully, I feel like it may take several lifetimes before I truly love myself, sigh. Practice, practice, practice…
Who is your yoga hero?
Krishnamacharya. Talk about devoted and committed! Not too many yogis like that these days.
Agree. He’s my hero, too. I often wonder what he would think about yoga as we practice it in America today. What would you change about the American yoga scene, if you could?
I’m trying to stop controlling everything so I think I’ll just let it be! I’m thrilled that 36 million Americans are now doing yoga, including 10 million men, according to a recent study. It has to start somewhere, but again, I wish there was more breath connected, gentle, slow, traditional yoga aimed less at developing six pack abs and more on ahimsa, satya and isvara pranidhana.
I totally agree. No wonder I think you are so awesome! How can people learn more about you and your classes?
Roy Holman has run Holman Health Connections in Everett, Washington since 2000. Roy is a 500 hour certified Yoga, Meditation, and Healing Instructor, a Oneness Blessing giver and trainer, and leads retreats to Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Hawaii, Bali, Sedona, and in his home state of Washington. Roy Holman is author of two books: Healing Self, Healing Earth: Awakening Presence, Power, and Passion, and Poems from the Passionate Heart: Reflections on Healing and Awakening. Roy does a health and healing radio commentary every week on KSER 90.7 FM. Roy also lived several years abroad, mostly doing human rights work in Central America. Roy has a passion for assisting the healing of our Earth and evolution / shift of humanity. He teaches with humor and joy.
Contact Roy at 425-303-8150 — Holmanhealth@gmail.com
Come visit Whole Life Yoga in Seattle, learn about our Yoga Alliance Registered yoga teacher training program, and check out Tracy Weber’s author page for information about the Downward Dog Mysteries series.