Featured Teacher: Jasmine Tarkeshi

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This month we welcomed a new teacher to the Yoga Garden SF team: Jasmine Tarkeshi!

Tell us about yourself! What are some things that your students might not know?

I’m Persian-American and grew up in Iran, NYC and SF in a very unconventional family. My mother is a long time student and teacher of Tibetan buddhism and I was introduced to Yoga/Meditation as a child. I fell in love with dance and studied every style including dance ethnology around the world including Flamenco, Haitian, Cuban, Kathak, Bharatanatyam West African… I’m obsessed with music and love to sing and play amateur guitar along with devotional Sanskrit mantras and harmonium. I align my practices of yoga with social, environmental and animal justice and I owned a yoga studio for 23 years bringing all these elements together. I have taught yoga all over the states and around the world and love connecting to various people and cultures through music, movement and mindfulness. I SO look forward to teaching at Yoga Garden!

How did you become interested in yoga?

My mother introduced me at a young age but I sought it out in NYC in the early 90’s as my life turned self destructive, to make peace with my mind and body and life.

Tell us about your yoga journey. What style did you start in and with whom do you study now?

I started out with Meditation with my Mamma at Shambhala Institute, and then at Integral Yoga Institute in 1993 and studied at Sivananda, Iyengar and Ashtanga and Vinayasa with Desikachar in India and basically became a Yoga stalker! I Practiced with Dharma Mitra in NY and fell in Love with Jiva Mukhti and Sharon Gannon and David Life and Dana Flynn. I studied with Rodney Yee and fell in love with form and then the great Bhakti Yoga teachers, Bhagavan Das, Jai utter, Krishna Das, Ayurveda and Yantra & Tantra with Sarah Tomlinson, Meditation with Jack Kornfield at Spirit Rock. Sanskrit and yoga phylosophy with Manorama and have been an Amma devotee since 2000 traveling to Kerala and staying at the ashram doing selfless service. Phew.. that was a lot .. I still continue to consider these beings my teachers and practice with them, bringing their teachings to life in every moment of my life and every breath on the mat.

Describe your teaching style. What can folks expect when they attend your class? 

I teach a Vinyasa Flow class that combines my love for freedom and form, creativity and tradition, mindfulness and fun. I love sequencing towards a challenging peak pose and encourage everyone to come as they are and discover how to move like themselves. Every class is steeped in and guided by yogic philosophy or allied its traditions for personal and collective liberation to become instruments of compassion and courage and healing agents in our communities. I have found so much healing through Yoga in bridging the dualities and conflict within myself and my relationship with the world. I aim to create a similar experience and refuge for each one of my students.

Any exciting projects or plans on the horizon?

I am writing my third yoga book and starting to teach retreats again! My next one is November 27th-December 3rd in Sayulita, Mexico. COME! I am a co-creator of Body and Soul Yoga Collective and an on line yoga platform dedicated to bringing yoga and mindfulness to underserved communities.

That’s all for now! Follow Jasmine Tarkeshi on Instagram: @jasminetarkeshi.