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Welcome to a new week here on DDoA! After our series on Healthy SAUCEry, I thought we should keep on with the topic of healthy living.
So, I bring you “MARGA YOGA: On My Way to Yoga“. In Sanskrit – “Marga” means “path” while the term “Yoga” is derived from the literal meaning of “yoking together” a span of horses or oxen, but came to be applied to the “yoking” of mind and body. via Wikipedia Thus, this week’s special series is called MARGA YOGA because we will feature different Yoga teachers around the world and their journey to the profession of aligning and harmonising mind, body and spirit.
We start in New York with Jordan Mallah.
MARGA YOGA: On My Way to Yoga
Your Life Aligned
DDoA: When did you start practicing yoga?
DDoA: What sparked your interest in the practice?
JM: One of my business professors in college was totally calm and collected, and had a different energy than everyone else in the business school. I asked him what kept him so grounded and he explained that he and his family meditate everyday.
I visited him during his office hours to learn how to meditate, and from the very first experience felt a connection to something deeper inside, a place of powerful peace. From that day forward, I was hooked on meditation and continue to meditate everyday even 18 years later.
DDoA: What was your profession before teaching yoga?
JM: Corporate consultant with Accenture, to Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru, to full time yoga teacher.
DDoA: From where/whom did you get your yoga training/certification?
JM: I am certified in Anusara Yoga and Sivananda Yoga. I also studied multiple other styles of yoga extensively. My own style, Life Aligned Yoga, is a blend of everything I studied, including body work and massage.
DDoA: What were the challenges that you encountered when you made the career change?
JM: The main challenge was people questioning why I would give up such a successful business career to teach yoga.
DDoA: What advice can you give yoga practitioners who want to train to teach yoga or run their own yoga studio?
JM: Practice, practice, practice. When you think you are ready to teach, practice a few more years.
DDoA:How has yoga changed you?
JM: Yoga has transformed my life on every level. My body is more vibrant, my health more radiant, my mind more calm and clear, and my spirt more open. WIth all of these great benefits of practice, I am able to offer back to the world and participate in service with an open heart.
DDoA: Please share some information on the nature and location of your YOGA teaching practice.
JM: I teach my own style of yoga called Your Life Aligned. I am based out of New York City in Tribeca, and also teach in the Hudson Valley. I am also available to travel to teach privately any where in the world.
Your Life Aligned is a philosophy, therapy and ever-evolving goal integrating all the elements of physical, spiritual, nutritional and purposeful living. I methodically apply postural alignment and therapeutic biomechanics to provide the physical and spiritual foundation for this broader life-enhancing and ultimately life-changing approach.
DDoA: Please give us a glimpse of your daily routine as a yoga professional:
JM: Wake up, brush my teeth, meditate, harvest veggies to make my green juice, make juice, bike to class and teach, come home, teach a few privates at my home, practice 30-45 minutes, eat a full lunch, go the gym and work out, teach more privates, eat a light dinner, head to bed early.
DDoA:What dictum/philosophy do you live by now that you are a yoga professional?
JM: Be with what is and love your life.
DDoA: How in your opinion can YOGA change people?
JM: I could write a dissertation on the benefits of yoga. Expanded perspectives, deeper inner knowing, more energy, better sleep, less stress, and finding balance are just a few of the ways that yoga changes people.
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