International Ashtanga teacher, Taylor Hunt, in South Africa!
“You wake up every morning and fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before, and that, my love, is bravery”. International Ashtanga practitioner and teacher, Taylor Hunt, explains what it feels like when it comes to practicing yoga everyday. We got in touch with Taylor to hear all about his journey and his upcoming workshops in South Africa.
Taylor Hunt was introduced to yoga over a decade ago when he was first getting sober. “I was having a bunch of good changes come into my life and yoga was a big one. Especially because it impacted my recovery process so strongly.” This change allowed Taylor to become so passionate about what it was doing for his own life that he wanted to share it with others.
Taylor started teaching a few years into his journey and almost immediately started going to India to study in. In 2013, he was granted Level 2 Authorization to teach and has had the honor of assisting at KPJAYI on several occasions. Seeking to preserve the traditional method, Taylor teaches daily Mysore classes at Ashtanga Yoga Columbus and offers workshops around the world.
Taylor’s biggest personal philosophy when it comes to yoga is that you have to show up every day to your mat- during the good times and also the bad. "Dont stop, the only way out is through", he stated as he went on to explain how he believes that when things come up in life or on your mat, it is a sign that the yoga process is working.
“I believe Ashtanga yoga is for everyone.” Says Taylor. Although Ashtanga is a set series of poses, it can be tailored to fit each individual’s needs. Taylor finds a way to encourage others to find a practice they can commit to and make it a part of their daily routine.
Taylor believes that yoga is for transformation; it’s not just about the physical postures. It’s about acceptance and learning how to focus the mind. With dedication, change begins to occur ‐ physically, mentally, and spiritually. He also highlighted that it is important to find a teacher, someone you can listen to that inspires you to work to your full potential.
Each day I show up and leave it all on the mat; I don’t hold anything back. After years of practice, I am amazed how it continues to teach me so much about life. I feel empowered each day when I finish my practice and have come to realize that nothing is impossible. As my body became less rigid, so did my mind. I learned to stay present, not take myself so seriously, and to just enjoy life. I have found that happiness comes from within and is a choice I make every day.
- Taylor Hunt
Taylor's autobiography, A Way From Darkness, is a confessional and personal story where he shares his journey from addiction to health – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The book follows Taylor's transformation as he struggled through difficult times in order to find healing. Through this story, Taylor invites the reader to join him in finding their own transformation through community, Ashtanga yoga, and ultimately, acceptance.
To be honest, I never thought I was going to share everything that had ever happened to me, especially all of the dark stuff during my addiction years. It literally took me 9 years of practicing yoga before I was okay with my past. There was so much pain and so much struggle; I just never thought I would be ready to tell my story. But when I started sharing it, I realized that I wasn't the only one struggling and that we are all actually fighting our own battle. -Taylor Hunt
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Taylor will be visiting South Africa in May 2018 for a series of exciting workshops and talks, in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. “I’m looking forward to meeting the people and experiencing the culture.” says Taylor, since he has never been to Africa.
Local students who have read his book, A Way From Darkness, invited Taylor to South Africa. “When they asked if I’d come I said “hell yes. I’ve always wanted to!” I was honored.” Taylor went on to explain how it is such an honor to share his teaching with people from halfway across the world. Taylor is looking forward to connecting with the students and being involved in a new yoga community.
Practitioners who attend Taylor’s workshops can expect a “no nonsense” approach and progress to their practice.
“Usually i find a lot of students experience a breakthrough in their practice when i visit places because I see what students are capable of on their mats even if they don’t, and i tend to point it out directly.”
Taylor’s workshops and talks are detailed with information on asana, pranayama, philosophy and anatomy. Students are encouraged to come prepared with questions they want answered.
These workshops are open to all levels, as well as practitioners who are new to an Ashtanga practice. Taylor will be teaching the fundamentals that transcend any particular yoga style. The lessons that you learn on your mat during his workshops can be applied to any other yoga style.
Workshop Schedule in South Africa
Ashtanga Yoga Cape Town & Ashtanga Yoga JHB
" I learned to stay present, not take myself so seriously, and to just enjoy life. I have found that happiness comes from within and is a choice I make every day."