What is Ashaya Yoga? Todd Norian, Love Yoga Fest 2019 Presenter explains…
Ashaya Yoga 101
If you’ve seen a flyer or received an email about my upcoming sessions at Love Yoga Fest, you
might be curious: Who is Todd Norian, and what is Ashaya Yoga? These are reasonable
questions. I may be a stranger to many of you, although certainly not to the national yoga
community and I am grateful for this opportunity to introduce myself and tell you more about
I took my first yoga class in 1980, when I was a jazz student at the University of Miami. It was
not a particularly hard class, yet it was very challenging for me. I couldn’t even touch my toes
but I stuck it out and, as we settled into savasana at the end of class, I relaxed as if for the first
time in my life. I breathed in the sandalwood incense and listened to the gentle music.
Something was touched deep inside of me. I was transformed. I immediately began to study
yoga intensely. Quickly, my body became more limber. My mind became more calm and more
relaxed, even as I consistently experienced a heightened awareness of everything around me. I
began to practice daily and soon became a yoga teacher. I found my purpose.
Even as I studied in many schools of yoga and under many other masters, I was exploring
discovering my own ways of doing things. In 2012, the time had come for me to share the
alignment principles and core philosophies that I had been practicing and teaching for so many
years. I struck out on my own and founded Ashaya Yoga.
Ashaya is a Sanskrit word meaning, “abode of the heart.” Ashaya Yoga is the practice of Radical
Affirmation. It’s about learning how to say yes to life with all of your being. In an Ashaya Yoga
workshop, you will learn how to align your body to practice asana (yoga positions) and move
through your daily life without physical pain. You’ll also learn about meditation, chanting, and
other Tanta Yoga practices that will enable you to weave the dispersed parts of yourself back
together, enabling you to find deeper happiness every day…happiness that flows from the
inside out and is untouched by the circumstances in which you find yourself.
My yoga practice has guided my life every day for nearly 40 years. It has awakened my inherent
potential. It has healed my body, mind, and heart. It has brought wellness, peace, and love into
my life. You can have all of this, too! Teaching you how is my life’s work.
I will be teaching at Love Yoga Fest at 4pm on Saturday September 21 and 11am on Sunday
September 22, offering two sessions of practice and instruction in the Ashaya Yoga method.
These workshops are appropriate for students of all levels, even those new to yoga. I invite you
to join me and learn how to say yes to life with all your being. I look forward to seeing you at Love Yoga Fest!
Can’t make it this time? Visit my website to learn about other opportunities to study with me,
including workshops, the Ashaya Yoga 2020 Tropical Retreat, and the upcoming In-Depth Study/200-Hour Teacher Training, beginning in September at Boston University’s Tanglewood
Institute in beautiful Lenox, Massachusetts.