Q&A: Todd Norian


Where you are teaching currently?
All over the country. I do many of my teacher trainings and advanced training near Lenox, MA.

How long have you been teaching yoga?
34 years.

Why did you become a yoga teacher?
Who and/or what are your biggest influences?
It was a calling of my heart. My biggest influences were from Iyengar, Kripalu, and Anusara styles. My philosophical background is from the Kashmir Shaiva Tantra.

How has yoga helped you to be a better person?
More conscious, accepting, and compassionate.

What is your personal mission statement as a yoga teacher?
To help others awaken to their divine nature and bring more light on the planet.

What do you think constitutes an excellent yoga instructor?
Soft heart, sharp mind, vibrant body.

What was your most challenging teaching experience? [Frustrating, funniest, or most enlightening teaching experience] Showing up an hour early to teach a morning sadhana resident yoga at Kripalu back when it was an ashram on the morning of the daylight savings change over. I was embarrassed. There was only one student in the room. I taught the one student until everyone else starting entering the room for the real class!

What do you recommend to the beginner student? To the seasoned student?
Follow your heart. Listen to your body. Get into a good alignment based method. Advanced students: keep up your practice at home.

How do you take your yoga off the mat?
I try to conduct myself professionally in all of my business interactions by being patient, bracketing my emotions, breathing and pausing when I get activated, and taking a time out when I’m upset so I can clear my head then return to the relationship with clarity and respect. I see the divine in all beings and act with integrity to the best of my ability. I’m also open to receiving feedback from others in order to gain insight about my blind spots that I can’t see myself. I use this process for my own growth and development.

What is the one pose you are most proud of getting into? Why? [it can be the first yoga pose you ever did, or a super challenging one, for example]
Full Natarajasana standing. This pose is so amazing because it opens my heart and upper chest like no other. But it takes regular practice and staying in shape. It has become my barometer of how much I’m practicing. If I can’t get into the pose, I know that I need to pick up my practice more.

What is your favorite time of day to practice yoga? Why?
Morning. Stillness.

Where is the best place you have ever practiced yoga? [maybe you did a yoga pose while on vacation in Europe or took a class on the beach somewhere—that sort of thing]
On the Greek Island of Hydra.

What is your favorite [band or album or music genre] to listen to while practicing yoga?

What else do you want students to know about you?
I love to teach yoga. It’s my passion. I love to support others to align with their heart and take steps to fulfill their life-destiny path. 

Why do you love teaching at Pulsation Yoga in particular?
The love!

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