If Timothy’s teaching philosophy could be summed up in one sentence, it would be Rusty Wells’ quote: “Who cares if you can touch your toes if you can’t touch your heart?” When Timothy started practicing yoga 22 years ago he couldn’t touch his toes—but yoga certainly touched his heart. Timothy’s love for yoga has since lead him to complete over 500 hours of yoga teacher training, create multiple yoga based businesses, and instruct thousands of yoga students all over the world.
Timothy’s greatest love is sharing the teachings and practices of yoga to others. Trained and certified in the Kripalu and Prankriya yogic traditions, Timothy has both the knowledge and experience to guide his students deep into the experience of yoga and to address their individual needs through gentle assists, variations and pose modifications. He possesses a wonderful combination of centeredness, authenticity, thoughtfulness and playfulness. Timothy’s students often describe him as a kind, compassionate, gentle and accessible yoga teacher.
Timothy deepened his knowledge and understanding of the physical body and it’s energetic and physiological systems when he completed his master’s degree in acupuncture from the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine. He brings his experience of healing and alternative medicine to his therapeutic yoga teachings.
Timothy’s desire and mission to help people change their own lives led him to create Yogabasics.com; a place for the next generation of yoga practitioners to begin their journey. He hasn’t forgotten how scary it can be to start something new and to be vulnerable while learning. As a young college student in California, Timothy was called to the path of yoga after he reluctantly signed up for a class at the local University. “The Qi Gong class’s pre-requisite was yoga,” he says with a sly grin, quickly adding, “I now see there were other plans for me”. While fearful that a yoga class would be too challenging for his very inflexible 19-year old body, Timothy made it through his first class and subsequently fell in love with the practice.
Finding his home in Asheville, NC, Timothy continues to teach yoga classes and lead workshops and retreats internationally. Ever evolving, Timothy helps to keep the global yoga community breathing and moving through Yogabasics.com, with the intention of providing a complete resource and guide for yoga, his yoga students, and the world.
In addition, Timothy is the founder of JapaMalaBeads.com, a company dedicated to producing and importing quality mala beads for prayer and meditation. Sensing the need from his students and the community for more intensive yoga practice time in exotic locations, Timothy formed Yoga Basics Retreats, the latest addition to the Yogabasics family. Timothy is the author of “Yoga for Beginners: A Quick-Start Guide to Practicing Yoga for New Students” and “Yoga Class: 8 Essential Yoga Lessons for Beginners.”
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