“Each of us is the conductor of our own symphony”
Who are your favorite heroes in real life?
My mama. She is still the most fascinating and gracious woman I know.
What do you appreciate the most in your friends?
When they treat me to a chocolate chip cookie.
Why did you come to yoga?
I was on a week-long trek through Joshua Tree, California, with a small group of friends. A new friend offered to lead yoga class at sunrise the following morning. I used my sleeping mat as a yoga mat, and I remember it was so cold I had my beanie and gloves on when we started. During that class, I experienced a profound and unmistakable connection to everything and everyone around me. I’ve been full-on immersed in yoga since that day.
What does yoga bring you?
Yoga is the lens though which I view and engage the world. Sometimes this is just a brief glimpse of my emotions and thoughts while walking down the street, while other times it’s getting deep into my vinyasa or meditation practice. I notice that the more I dive into my practice, the more space arrives and I’m not talking just about physical space but rather the ability to handle more of life, with a greater sense of ease and grace.
I teach all over New-York. Everywhere from Equinox to Om Factory, Abhaya to Kula, and I’m also currently on contract with Under Armour. I teach a dynamic, intelligently sequenced vinyasa flow, similar to what you would find at Kula. Visit here to know my classes: Yoga schedule.
Do you have a funny story to tell about your yoga experience?
It only happens rarely, but once in a while when I’m teaching, I get people who start texting in class. I’m always like “What!? Is this a joke or something?! Do you want me to send that text for you, so you can focus on your practice?”. ☺
What is the best outdoor place to do yoga?
There’s so many amazing spots on the The Hudson River Greenway, especially on summer afternoons. A lot of spaces with shade and grass, perfect for exploring inversions with friends, with a soft landing pad!
Anton is the founder of The Sacred Fig, a platform for world-class yoga retreats and teacher trainings, in the most awe-inspiring locations around the globe. Join his next retreat in Costa Rica, this November 2015, or dive into the month-long teacher training in Bali, January 2016. Visit thesacredfig.com for more info.