Tias Little On Practice as the Path (#126)

About the Guest

Tias Little’s unique and skillful approach enables students to find greater depth of understanding and awareness in their practice, both on and off the mat. His approach to the practice is inter-disciplinary, passionate, intelligent, innovative and full of insight. Tias synthesizes years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage and trauma healing. Tias began studying the work of B.K.S Iyengar in 1984 and lived in Mysore, India in 1989 studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Pattabhi Jois. Thus his teaching brings together precision of alignment, anatomical detail and a profound meditative experience.

Tias is a licensed massage therapist and his somatic studies include in-depth training in cranial-sacral therapy. His practice and teaching are influenced by the work of Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais and Thomas Hanna. Tias is a long-time student of the meditative arts and Buddhist studies beginning with Vipassana and continuing in Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. His teaching style is unique in being able to weave together poetic metaphor with clear instruction filled with compassion and humor.

Tias earned a Master’s degree in Eastern Philosophy from St. John’s College Santa Fe in 1998. Tias is the author of four books, The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop, Yoga of the Subtle Body, and The Practice is the Path.

In this episode we discuss:

  1. How yoga communities and the industry have changed during the Covid pandemic.
  2. The inspiration for Tias’ new book The Practice is the Path.
  3. Being comfortable living with uncertainty.
  4. Identity and attachment.
  5. The significance of dreams and the role of the dream state in breaking the spell of everyday life.
  6. Emphasizing the “not doing” and shifting the default mode to be one of rest.
  7. Yoga and the art of seeing – the role of being seen an heard in relationship and healing.
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