Gabriel Halpern holds a BA in Philosophy, an MA in Health Psychology, and was trained at the Iyengar Yoga Institutes in San Francisco and Pune, India. Gabriel has practiced since 1970 and gives workshops nationally.
He is the founder and director of the Yoga Circle in Chicago, IL since 1985. For over twenty years he was a core performance faculty member at De Paul University’s Theater Department. In 2011, he was awarded the /Mentor of the Year by the Mankind Project.
Recently, Yoga Circle was voted the “best traditional hatha studio” by Chicago magazine. Owing to the direct influence of BKS Iyengar and over 4 decades of continuous study Gabriel’s teaching is all that is yoga: zeal in practice, science, art form, lifestyle, and mystical mentoring.
Gabriel Halpern has been studying and practicing breath work for over 40 years. First with Kundalini Master Yogi Bhaajan and then with BKS Iyengar and his family. Gabriel brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, sure to light the fire of tapas and get you to hit the mat again and again.
Gabriel was also noted as one of the 100 Most Influential Yoga Teachers in America by www.sonima.com
Inspirational quote – There’s a suffering that comes from practice, and there’s a suffering that comes from not practicing. Choose the suffering that comes from practice.
Alternative Practice – Iyengar Yoga.
Health Tip – Be honest in terms of what your natural leaning is:
- What is your natural inclination?
- What is the way your gradient is?
- What is your own nature? (Lord Krishna says ‘No one can deny their own nature’)
1) If your nature is an action oriented person then find any discipline that gets you moving, that gets you into your body and take action that way.
2) If you are a studious kind of person, then reading, psychotherapy or discoursing is your cup of tea – then immerse yourself into literature. There’s tons of books out there by yoga masters and people from other fields that are psychologically astute.
Many men and women have led very articulate expositions of the path, and of course poetry is a fantastic way, if you are into the head, to learn how to penetrate language and see the symbols in it.
2) If you are a heart oriented person, not everybody will find their way to a guru or a figure they feel they can love, but I would start up by saying, look at the relationships that are in your life and realize that you have people in your life that you care about tremendously.
Either their presence turns you on, or they are funny, they are supportive, they are wise or out of compassion, maybe they are suffering in a certain way and your heart goes out to them.
Follow your heart leanings to be vulnerable about your own emotions and don’t try to make it sound like you are further along and better off than you really are, especially when you know, behind the scenes, that there is something you have not addressed because that where all these inquiries are going to take you.
Are you willing to face what you’ve been avoiding all this time?
3) And that takes you into your emotions and of course you can only heal what you can feel. So if you are that kind of person, then go into the devotional practices and of course as yoga says, spend time in stillness and silence.
4) If you are a contemplative type, then find a way to just be quiet. There are many meditation techniques that teach you how to quiet your mind and sit still.
And of course, all those together become the way that your life path turns out. Everybody is going to act in some way, everybody is going to think in some way, everybody is feeling in some way, and everybody wonders, everybody looks up into the heavens and asks what this whole thing are all about.
Ultimately, you’re supposed to have a balance of all four paths.
It doesn’t really matter which one you choose….
Like they say,” Once you are in the highway towards the capital, every step you take is taking you in the right direction”, So whether you choose the path of the body, the mind, the heart or the contemplative path, it will all lead you to Yoga.
Major Life Lesson – Have fun! Don’t waste another day in telling anybody who you care about that you love them.
Call them on the phone, text them, send them an email, write them a snail mail. There is no sense in holding back. Most of the time, you’ll realize that if you had said it, you would have felt better, if you had done it, you would have felt better, so why inhibit yourself?
There is only one you. No one can be the way you are.
So in a very positive way, strut your stuff and tell the people you care about that you love them.
Life Purpose – To be a good husband and a good father. Take all things I learned from yoga and my life experience… and embody them.
- Best Advice – Question authority and think for yourself.
- Personal Habit – Getting up and doing Pranayama at 5:30 in the morning.
- Book Recommendation – The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley
To learn more about Gabriel Halpern, visit http://yogacircle.com/
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