Meet a Teacher: Steve Yochum

Posted by on Jul 1, 2018 in meet a teacher | 2 comments

This is the first in a series of blog posts to highlight Carson City Yoga teachers. Steve Yochum teaches his “Kick Ass Yoga Class” on Tuesday nights at Carson City Yoga.  You can see his bio here, and read more about his class here.  In this post, we highlight some of the questions we talked about in a recent conversation:

CCY: What do you like best about teaching yoga? Steve Yochum

Steve: Yoga keeps me in the loop, and helps me stay connected. It helps me stay connected with myself and the teachings, as well as with the students. I once asked my teacher how I could plant and grow the karmic seeds within myself to receive more personal teachings, and he told me the way to plant these seeds is to teach others what you know.

I also really like the yoga community. I love the people who show up in my yoga classes, and I love the opportunity to share this practice. Where else can you meet people who want to share the dharma?

CCY: Why do you teach at Carson City Yoga?

SteveSteve: It’s the real deal. I have taught everywhere, in gyms, and many other locations. This is the real deal, and people who come here really want to learn and practice yoga. It’s not just about the exercise. It’s about the community, and about the real practice.

CCY: What does Yoga mean to you?

Steve: That is a really broad question. I think yoga is ultimately about balance, and not just physical balance. It is about balance in the body, but also emotional balance, spiritual balance, and emotional stability. How we move and live in the world.

Yoga also helps us find that space in our life where there is nothing else to do. There is nothing to do but be where we are. That’s really valuable.

CCY: Is there anything else you want people to know about you as a yoga teacher?

Steve: My classes can be intense, and they are strenuous. But they are also fun, and a place to explore in a powerful way. I provide the container, and let people find their own movement, and their own expression of that movement. I have a lot of experience, and I know what I am doing. This makes the classes a safe place to explore.

CCY: We know that yoga is more than what you do on your mat; it is also how you translate your practice into your life. How do you live your yoga in the world?

Steve: So, the key to the eastern traditions that I have studied is awareness. Awareness forces us to take the dive into self discovery. Meditation trains the mind in this field. The physical practice of yoga is a moving meditation.
We could go on and on talking about the many lists of mental defilements, biases, and etc. but, the bottom line is this:
BE NICE.
Treat others in the ways that you like to be treated.
And, do not treat others in the ways that you do not like to be treated.
Yoga is continually teaching me to consider others.
Mostly, that boils down to being nice.

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CCY: Thanks Steve!  And for you readers, we want you to know that Steve is a fantastic teacher. But don’t take our word for it.  Come on in on Tuesday nights and find out for yourself!

Do you have any questions for Steve?  Have you tried Steve’s class yet?  Leave us a comment, and let us know what you think!

2 Comments

  1. Love Kick Ass yoga and love Steve! I am grateful for the breathing, laughing, and learning I experience in this class.

  2. love Steve!

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