It’s fun to lay out a mat that no one has ever seen before. It opens up a connecting conversation about the meaning of the design, who designed it and why. The imagery on Sankalpa mats remind us of the fuller embodiment of yoga, encompassing all 8 limbs.
Sankalpa: My sankalpa is to always keep a "beginner's mind". No matter how much I think I know or how long I practice a discipline, I vow to keep an open mind to the infinite possibilities and perspectives of the universe.
Favorite Pose:: savasana (corpse pose) because the rest feels needed and deserved after a long hard practice.
Biography:: The realization of how yoga was illuminating his life leads him to want to share the practice with others. Having received his Yoga teacher training certification from Yogaview Chicago, he continues to spread the Yoga practice through both his yoga teaching and artwork. Ryan emphasizes on staying present with your breath and using it as a tool to tune into the body. He also accentuates connecting the breathe to the movement of the body and the importance of knowing what movements to connect with the inhale and exhale. In both his teaching and artwork he illustrates how yoga provides awareness on how our movements and actions affect the environment and ourselves. Ryan believes that this blossoming of awareness that yoga creates within the individual will ultimately provide the much-needed harmony of humanity and our home, the planet earth.