Teacher Spotlight: Paul Sanchez

Paul’s class will definitely challenge you and bring you deeply into your body and breath. With a strong emphasis on alignment, Paul’s plethora of knowledge of the inner workings of the body is incredible and his wisdom is transferred to his students in each class. His presence is so kind, and nurturing with a strength that is inspirational. Whether you are wanting to learn more about yoga and the body, or you are looking to deepen your aged practice, Paul’s class will leave you centered and invigorated!

Questions for Paul…

What led you here to the RF Valley?

I was in need of a deeper connection to nature and a slower pace of life (both a rarity in NYC, which is where I am from)

What brought you first to yoga?

Curiosity, opportunity, and the possibility of peace and balance.

What kept you coming back?

The way classes always left me feeling better than before I took them.

What is your own practice like?

Creative, spontaneous and sometimes unexpected; I often just “feel  out” what my body needs in that moment and then oblige. Sometimes I’ll follow a set routine, and sometimes I’ll deviate from it, but I always try and make my body feel good while challenging it in the ways it needs.

What is your favorite thing about teaching?

To pass on the awareness of the Human Body that inspires me so much, and the fact that in teaching others, I find my own greatest learning.

What is your favorite asana?

Vrksasana (handstand) and/or sirsasana (headstand)

Paul’s Classes :: Yoga Fusion ::  Mondays & Tuesdays 12:00 – 1:00pm

A combination of several schools of yoga, yoga fusion combines the flowing Sun Salutations typical of Ashtanga, the alignment focus of Iyengar, the deep stretching and static holds of Hatha, and occasionally, the energizing and vitalizing Kriyas of Kundalini yoga. Together they fuse together to bring a well-rounded, and body-awareness expanding practice.

More about Paul…

Born and Raised in NYC, Paul Sanchez had access to an abundance of resources and so has had a many-layered experience on the Yogic Path. First introduced to Asana in 2000, the concept of balance as it related to breath grabbed his attention and intrigued him to learn more. As time grew on, he became particularly interested in the breath as it related to meditation, and energy. The Intrigue had grown to a downright passion as his practice and experience of energy grew, and through the help of Meditation and Kung Fu, he began to become more aware of the energy inside him. In 2004, he began to learn as much about energy and healing as he could manage. Through much personal process work, the support and guidance of his personal Brennan Science Healer, and energy healing workshops, he began to consciously direct his own energy for healing of both self and others. It became clear to him that in order to provide the best possible healing, his own energy centers must be well maintained and balanced, and thus, his true dedication to Yoga Asana began in the Fall of 2008 with a daily Kundalini Yoga Practice. From there, his passion for Yoga deepened, and he realized that his true purpose was to teach. Though his passion for Kundalini Yoga remains, he learned that the best foundation for his own practice and career lay in Iyengar postural alignment principles, so he chose to complete his Yoga Teacher Training with YogaWorks in New York City, in the Summer of 2010. Since then, his passion for health and wellness has continued to grow, and he also completed his Personal Training education with WITS, in the Winter of 2011, and is currently working towards his Massage Therapist Licensure.

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