We love Anthony Benenati’s down-to-earth approach to teaching. A yogi who adds a playful spirit to his dynamic sequencing, Anthony has a knack for connecting with his students and inviting them to experience more than just the asana.
Get grounded with some insights from a yogi who looks beyond the poses to the heart of the practitioner:
This makes me chuckle because lately there seems to be a labeling trend in the yoga community. I get it – people are trying to stand out amidst the madness that has become the business of yoga – I played into it for a while myself. I got caught up in the particular style I was teaching, and began to think it was somehow better than any other style. The reality is that my style of teaching is already inherently unique because I am simply being myself. Finally, after almost 20 years teaching, I’ve learned not to take myself as seriously. I look to the heart of the practitioner, not the asana.
John Friend was instrumental in my maturity as a yoga teacher. It was through him that I was exposed to the history and philosophy of the practice, and was able meet amazing scholars like Carlos Pomeda and Douglas Brooks. But more importantly, I must thank my first yoga teacher Kim Ian Moise, or Ki, for introducing me to the wonder of yoga. It was through him that the seed was planted.
My students inspire me; their dedication to their practice and their willingness to do the work. My wife Rebecca inspires me. The way she shows up in her life every day – for me, our kids, our business and in so many other ways. My kids inspire me. Their fierce honesty and endless energy, although not always appreciated, are very inspirational. The truth is that all anyone has to do is to look around his or her self to find inspiration. It’s happening all the time, right in front of our eyes and hearts. We only need to wake up and see.
My job is to teach and to empower. If a student can walk out of class feeling better, and in the process has also learned something valuable about the practice or themselves, then I’ve done my job.