"In the time of your life, live—so that in that good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free and unashamed"
- William Saroyan
A writer, storyteller, and ever-aspiring yogi, Ben has found in his motherland metropolis of New York City the perfect place in which to recommence his spiritual search. In the last many years Ben’s personal journey has led him to the many traditions of Yoga, to the creative art of asana, and the deep silent search of meditation.
Ben completed his teacher training at the Savitri Yoga Shal here in NYC, and continues his studies under too many brilliant teachers to recognize all by name. But he owes his un-ending thanks to Osho for the gift of his company through the written word. In his classes, Ben hopes to communicate the complete presence of joy that yoga promises, a commitment to seek meditation in every posture, and to inspire those he shares his practice with to follow their own truth on their inevitable journey back to grace.
When was the last time you did something for the first time?
I went to a concert on my own the other night. Can’t say I had ever done that before. It was actually great fun. I was a little awkward at first, but eventually I managed to loosen right into it.
What are your goals for 2016 and beyond?
I’m up for an adventure. I have a few writing projects lined up and my plan is to travel a bit as I work. Heading to Upstate New York, then Oz, then LA and Maybe Costa Rica in there too. Super excited to get away, get in some new space, and get to work.
How would you describe your first yoga experience?
It was a Kundalini class. I went in wearing back sweats and socks and had absolutely no idea what I was getting into. I walked out absolutely buzzing. I was back the next day wearing white sweats, no socks, and chanting along full voice. I was hooked pretty quick.
Who has influenced you most in your life?
Don’t think I could single out just one. I’d be leaving out all the rest of you.
If you had one super power, what would it be?
I think even Batman would want to fly. My answer -- To fly. Always been to fly. There was actually a great This American Life about a guy who had been taking an informal survey for like 20 years, asking people what they would chose between flight and invisibility. It’s amazing the conclusions he came to about what your choice said about you. I’m sticking with flight.