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John Schumacher

John started to practice yoga in 1970 and began teaching in 1973. Before and during that time as well, he worked as a professional musician, writing music, and playing drums, flute, and piano with a number of bands in a variety of settings. A child of the 60’s, John explored the nature of consciousness and freedom, and through music, he experienced a deep sense of the interconnectedness and synergy that allowed a collection of individual musicians to become a band.

The discipline he developed in his music practice served him well when yoga came into his life. After noticing John doing calisthenics in the group home they shared, a friend suggested he try some “exercises” from a yoga book. A spark was lit when he saw how vast yoga is, incorporating not just physical health, but a lifestyle based on awakening consciousness through meditation and spiritual awareness. Initially, having a regular practice made him feel good and was something that sustained him. When he started to teach, however, he felt he needed to better serve his students by being more studious and intense in his own practice, which deepened as it fueled how and what he taught.



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