Tias is committed to teaching yoga as a contemplative path, leading to greater sensitivity, tolerance and deep understanding (prajna). His approach to the practice is inter-disciplinary, passionate, intelligent, innovative and full of insight.
Tias synthesises years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage, and trauma healing. He began studying the work of B.K.S Iyengar in 1984 and lived in Mysore in 1989 studying Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga with Pattabhi Jois. Thus his teaching brings together precision of alignment, anatomical detail and a profound meditative experience. Tias is a licensed massage therapist and his somatic studies include in-depth training in cranio-sacral therapy. His practice and teaching are influenced by the work of Ida Rolf, Moshe Feldenkrais and Thomas Hanna. Tias is a long time student of the meditative arts and Buddhist studies beginning with Vipassana and continuing in Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. His teaching style is unique in being able to weave together poetic metaphor with clear instruction filled with compassion and humor. In addition to teaching throughout the US and around the world, Tias currently offers on-line classes through Yoga Glo.
Tias has a Master’s degree in Eastern Philosophy from St. John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and lives in Santa Fe where he directs his school Prajna Yoga with his wife Surya. He is author of three books, The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop and The Yoga of the Subtle Body, to be published by Shambhala Press in December 2014.http://www.prajnayoga.net