Adi Vishnu Pose for Teacher Profile8 Limbs is pleased to publish monthly Teacher Profiles to help you to know and learn from the amazing group of 8 Limbs Yoga Teachers. This month we profile Adi, who teaches at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill & Wedgwood.

Teacher Name: Satyam Adi Turner (Adi)

Practicing Yoga Since: The early days of 8 Limbs. I don’t know the actual year, maybe 1998?

Teaching Yoga Since: 2003

Where do you teach? 8 Limbs Capitol Hill & Wedgwood.

Who is your teacher? My teacher is Tyohar, whose teaching is primarily meditation. He leads an intentional community in Costa Rica, something of a second home for me: www.pachamama.com The yoga offered in Pachamama is mainly European and Israeli, which is quite different from what we practice in Seattle, and frequently shakes me out of any patterns I accumulate in this city. Here in the states for the physical, asana side of the practice, my main teacher is Rod Stryker, who comes to 8 Limbs every year. When I practice at home, I mostly follow Rod’s class format.

Hobbies/interests: Hiking, cats.

What non-yoga book are you reading/did you recently read? The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Colbert.

Yoga book you recommend: I’ve been the book buyer for 8 Limbs since 2004, so the list would be pretty long! Recently I’ve been reading books on the history of yoga. Here’s a short list of the best I’ve read recently:

The Yoga Sutra: a Biography by David Gordon White

The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America by Stefanie Syman

Yoga Body by Mark Singleton

Yoga in Modern India by Joseph Alter

All of these books describe yoga’s roots and evolution in the last 100 years to become the more physically oriented practice it is today. The first two are more storytelling non-fiction, the second two are more academic in tone.

We stock all of them in the 8 Limbs Yoga Boutique as well as a bunch of other awesome titles hand picked by your teachers!

Favorite yoga practice/pose and why: Couch (anantasana or “vishnu’s couch”) pose (see photo!)… for no other reason than it’s fun.

One secret that helps you stay healthy: Strength training. As I get older I find that strength training work supports the health of my joints and keeps me energetic and doing all the things I love, yoga, hiking and such.

Currently inspired by: The social media musings of Elizabeth Gilbert and the video blogs of Casey Neistat.

Anything you want to share with our community? I’ve been posting thoughts and photos of what my yoga practice has been like on Instagram. If you’re interested you can find me at @aditurner 

If you really wanna go the extra mile: Go on a silent meditation retreat.

Favorite recipe? This comes from my meditation community, Pachamama. It’s raw, vegetarian, but still filled with chocolate!


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