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At the Telluride Yoga Fest, obsessed practitioners will be assuming the postures of a Noah’s arc of animals: dogs, fish, scorpions, camels, frogs, cows, pigeons, dolphins, you name it. Let’s face it, in the West, most people become interested in yoga through the door of physical fitness, through asana. Generally speaking the real juice, mental, emotional, and spiritual, comes later, but senior Jivamukti instructor Karl Straub got it right away: The sacred art and science of Yoga is not just about getting lithe and limber. It is a comprehensive discipline with a single purpose: transformation through enhanced self-awareness.
Karl Straub’s teachers from a range of Eastern traditions include David Life, Sharon Gannon, Swami Bua, Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tharchin, Geshe Michael Roach, Christie McNally, Jonas Westring, Richard Freeman, and Keido Fukushima.
Straub’s yoga credentials are as impressive as his lay credentials. A graduate of Duke University, he studied cognitive science at Columbia University before becoming a dolphin communication researcher, competitive swimmer, school teacher, aide to a member of Congress, and webhosting/network consulting. His multiple certifications in the yoga world include Jivamukti Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage, Tibetan Heart Yoga, and the E-RYT (experienced registered yoga teacher) designation from Yoga Alliance. Straub also serves as Regional Executive Director for Europe for the Yoga Studies Institute.
Every year, Straub leads courses, retreats, and teacher trainings in about half a dozen countries, where he shares his growing body of knowledge of asana, philosophy, massage, yogic assists, overtone chant, and related healing arts. At the Telluride Yoga Festival Straub will be guiding meditations and teaching Jivamukti and Tibetan Heart Yoga.
Jivamukti is a modern lineage that emerged in 1984, when David Life and Sharon Gannon blended their study of Ashtanga with spiritual teachings, placing particular emphasis on how to apply yogic philosophy in everyday life.
Straub trained under Geshe Michael Roach and Christie McNally in the Tibetan Heart Yoga, a synthesis of Indian and Tibetan wisdom traditions.
To learn more about Karl Straub’s life and work, click the “play” button and listen to his podcast.