saṃdhyā yoga

MORE ABOUT CHARLIE

I have been practicing yoga since 2002 and teaching yoga at universities, elementary schools, retirement communities, businesses and governmental institutions, and yoga studios since 2008.  I encountered yoga while living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, studying daily with my teacher Ricardo Risso Patron.  Richard and I have adapted our yoga methodology from the eight-part system (aṣṭāṅga-sādhana) codified by Richard's teacher: a Brazilian named Maestro de Rose.



Charlie Higgins

In addition to my daily yoga practice, I also have diversified my yoga approach through the study of Sanskrit.  I research the Indo-European verbal root for 'to sit' (*sed), which etymologically came to form our English word 'chair' and the Sanskrit term for 'seat' and 'posture' (āsana).  I wonder how and why my ancestral "Indo-Europeans" came to sit in rigid chairs, while the ones who went to India never acculturated to chair-usage.  Chair-usage and chairlessness defines social space, task-performance, and personal habit, and I am writing a historical narrative about the social, biological, and spiritual effects of the chair in contrast to the yoga ‘mat’.

I describe my approach to yoga as follows:

​My yoga method is a non-interventionist, non-corrective, inclusive practice.  Students are given progressively organized techniques to protect their health and are encouraged to determine their own evolution in the system.  Instead of feeling pressure to conform to predetermined standards, students learn to create their own yoga approach.   In the process, students learn to recognize rigid habit formations and effectively to reform their selves by becoming aware of stance, pelvic-tilt, foot-usage, gesture, digestion, metabolization, vision, heart-rate, breath, vocalization, inner-dialog, and attitude.

Education:

Sanskrit:     Individual lessons with renowned Sanskritist

BA, Division of the Arts:     Reed College, Portland OR
​(Thesis: Indian Style: The Social History of the Chair in the Indian Subcontinent)

Yoga Instructor Certificate:     Ády-yoga Institute, Buenos Aires, Argentina
​(Five year course of study, 2000 hours; theory and practice)