“I don’t think what I teach is necessarily a mainstream style of yoga,” he says,
“so I get a lot of satisfaction out of the students who recognize that it’s something different from what they can get everywhere else and that it’s helping them move their practice to another level.”
Research and history show that many of the Shaolin monks from Northern China and the sadhus (holy men) and yogis from Northern India embarked on pilgrimages to the Himalayas, where a cross-pollination of thinking and practices occurred. One of the most significant influences that appealed to Peter was the idea of working with non-muscular force, something that might be forgotten in power yoga styles that are popular in the US. He believes that fitness and the subtle aspects of yoga are difficult to separate, and that “when you understand how energy moves in the body and you practice it, the byproduct is a fit body. We all have a commitment to the subtler aspects of yoga, but we’re all coming at it from a different place and I think that’s what yoga should be. Every teacher is unique; every teacher here is bringing something; there’s not one class here that’s the same. I like that diversity.” There is a true sense of community and family at Trüyoga that reflects the dream it has signified to everyone involved, a feeling that students and teachers increasingly sense through their commitment and participation.
Peter attributes his teachers with helping him arrive at the point where he is now, their main gift being the opportunity to see them struggle. It is easy to look at accomplishments without seeing what lies behind them, and Trüyoga took a great deal of hard work and obstacles. The silver lining is finding the inner teacher through the resistance we meet in our lives. Peter is grateful for not being crushed or discouraged by oncoming trials, and for the guidance he has received to keep at it, exclaiming, “Life is living through me and I’m just going, ‘Wow, what a ride this is.’ And it’s really been fun. For me that’s awesome.”
Finding this beautiful green studio past the façade of corporate restlessness, one is reminded of the trove of quietude that patiently waits for attention, pulsing behind the screen of routine with its alluring promise of peace.