YCM Celebrates our teacher, Ted!

Ted Roseen has been teaching his unique blend of yoga around the Twin Cities for years. This mix of the biomechanics of Iyengar, strong poses and repetition of Ashtanga, and the gentle flow of Vinyasa creates a fun, yet challenging balance for students of any level. As a marathoner, triathlete, and rock climber, Roseen understands the importance of an open body, the benefits of a positive and quiet mind and the powerful resource that is tapped when that open body and quiet mind are connected. Aside from much of his own studies and practice, Ted has studied under a number of gurus, including Saraswathi Rangaswamy, daughter of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India and local yogis Cindy Sawamura and Dec Barry. Ted has also been acknowledged for his efforts and abilities in yoga in the Mpls/St.Paul Magazine “Best of the Twin Cities 2007.”

5 OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOGA HAS TAUGHT HIM:

  1. Yoga is not about flexibility, it’s about using the body, your specific, individual body, as a vehicle to greater mindfulness.  Not judging success by how closely one replicates the image of a pose, but rather by working within ones own body’s continuum of success.  There is no end, it’s not about flexibility, working within negative space, being ok with  non-linear progression, having fun.
  2. There is no “mastering” yoga, it’s a continual, and ever-changing practice.  You can’t master something that is fluid, like the mind and body.  There’s no “done.”  There is no “I’ve completed.”  There is no “I’ve checked all the boxes.”  There is no “black belt.”  There IS a continual “I’ve learned more.”  The exciting, yet sometimes frustrating knowledge in yoga of  “the more I learn, the more I learn how much there is to learn.”
  3.  We need to work more within negative space.  We are a society that has a tendency to try to force our wanted goals and objectives through brute force and determination.  If I can’t get a pose, it’s because “I’m not strong enough,” “I’m not flexible enough.”  We need to think more in the terms of creating a mold for our poses to more naturally occur, rather than jamming ourselves into space that’s not there.  Cultivating a positive environment, where the pose can be the natural byproduct. Doing so with the use of the breath, and muscle release.  Balancing out effort, with greater ease, greater softness.  The same thing can be applied to mental relaxation.  Not damming the river, through denial of distractions, and creating a temporary lake of tranquility and calm, but rather allowing the river of the mind to flow, inevitably creating a more natural, and sustainable calm.
  4. Yoga is a non-linear progression.  I’m 41.  I started doing yoga when I was 24.  I’m a runner.  I have a 5-year-old.  I have a life.  My line of progression of within poses, and mental clarity has not been a beautiful fluid line constantly and gently increasing.  It does manic swings.  There are days that I feel like I’m starting from the beginning, there are days that it feels like my synchronicity of mind and body could cut glass.  I’ve learned to embrace both.  That it’s all data points for the mind and body, good days or bad.  The overall direction of that progression line is up, sometimes we’re just looking too close to the days data.
  5. Play.  Recess was so fun.  Unadulterated fun.  We lose a lot of that childlike fun when we become adults, and tend to replace it with self-concsiousness, and doubt, especially when dealing with the body.  Yoga should be fun.  Yoga should be a source of joy, and when you are really true to yourself, it can be.  Fall and laugh.  Fail and laugh.  Fart and laugh.  People mistake a lack of seriousness with a lack of sincerity.  Laughter is the sincerest forms of joy

Want to practice with Ted? Click here for his full schedule!

PHOTOS BY: ELIZABETH CAMP, HEALING MEDIA, LLC

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