My yoga training teacher. Kind soul. Inspirational. Generous. Down to earth. Kick-ass yoga teacher and someone I feel blessed to call my friend, Basil Jones.
What is your passion?
Truly, to live everyday in my highest potential and bring that highest potential out in other beings around me.
When do you feel most alive?
I feel most alive when I am teaching, when I am surrounded by other people that are spiritual seekers, that are living with the capacity to stay grounded.
Describe your perfect day.
Waking up with the sun, the moment the day is beginning, doing my practice, having high vibrational food, having time to read and time with water. A day that I am not bound to a clock, a bit of alone time, with the exception of maybe my beloved dog Devi, but also having some good connections with people, sharing dinner with my loved ones and friends, and as the evening draws to a close sitting outside with a balmy breeze and being connected with the day.
What are some books that have changed the way you look at the world?
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho.
The Inner Tradition of Yoga – Michael Stone.
Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for liberating body and soul – Sharon Gannon & David Life. Not a day has gone by over the past 12 years that I have not looked at or referenced this book in some way.
What words of wisdom would you share with your teenage self?
Everything one way or another is going to be alright.
What is your favorite thing to listen to when doing yoga?
A mix of electronics, live instruments, and mantras.
Jai Uttal – ‘Dial M for mantra’ and ‘Yoga for music and other joys’ are some of my favorites.
What are you most grateful for?
I am most grateful for my partner of 14 years. It is such a gift to be able to give and receive love in my life, to live in a state of union and be able to have my own independence and the ability to personally grow and expand in my own way. I am really grateful for that, because it has given me a lot of courage. It has allowed me to overcome a lot of fear, insecurity, obstacles, and blockages. For me stepping through that gate of having unconditional love in my life has been the greatest teacher.
Do you have a regular spiritual practice?
My regular spiritual practice is about bathing. My very first yoga studio was conceived while I was taking a long hot soaking bath. I feel most in my own sense of spirit when I am in the bath. I am always comforted by water. In the morning I shower and in the evening I will take a sauna and sitting in the intense heat, I feel the tension melting out of my being. Asana practice was really important to me in my 20’s and early 30’s and now that I am in my late 30’s going into my 40’s I am a lot more relaxed about my asana practice.
Adding to my bathing ritual I also love spending silent time in nature, often times with my dog or on my kayak, being with nature makes me feel closer to god.
What is your dream for your life?
To take my current yoga studio and expand it into more of a community space where it is really about offering curriculum for people, what ever age and faze of life they are in, offering them support. I have been inspired by such teachers as Seane Corn, Sharon Gannon and David Life and many others, but those are some of the yoga teachers that are really practicing Seva, selfless service. I hope that some way down the road my studio can regularly integrate with the larger community and also be fed by the not just the “yoga” people but everybody. My larger dream is to see transformation, to see people that are lacking to find faith, people that are not living in deeper relationship with love to find giving and receiving love, people that are living with violence in their lives to move to a non-violent path. On a more personal level my partner and I want to have children, we have worked very hard to create the nest, build a home, to have support around us and good friends that see us as we are, and to be present as a teacher and a parent.
How do you feel in one word today?
Basil Has practiced yoga for seventeen years, and taught for eleven. He has founded two yoga studios including his current studio Basil Yoga, in North Salem, New York. He has worked with such inspiring teachers as Seane corn and Sharon Gannon and David life of Jivamukti yoga. He leads creatively sequenced, energetic classes, with a strength and kindness that makes you strive to be your best self every time you step onto the mat.