Nicholas Stanton

I teach Yoga because I want to create a space where anyone can experience its benefits.

As a lifelong student of storytelling arts, I approach yoga from a narrative perspective. What kind of experience can it provide for us? How can it get us to see, think, experience, and feel in different ways? When I go to the mat, I explore these questions in ways that try to acknowledge and honor where I’ve been, and where I’m going.

As a college writing instructor, as an editor at a publishing company, as a bartender, and as a filmmaker, yoga asks me to bring all of these practices to the mat. This is my approach to yoga. Not only paying deep reverence to the body and its proper alignment, but to create a multisensory experience for minds, a practice that invites and encourages fellow yogis to engage all senses in their experience and to drop deeper. From these places, I hope all can find a more authentic version of themselves and develop the courage to live it out loud. This is what yoga is to me. Rishi is the purest expression of this that I’ve found.

Yoga helps me manage my chronic lower back and sciatic nerve pain. But that’s just what yoga does for me. I teach yoga because I want to know what yoga is.

Of course we can. As the Radiance Sutra exclaims, “Every perception is an invitation to revelation.”

“I hope all can find a more authentic version of themselves and develop the courage to live it out loud.”