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