We can’t wait to welcome Scott Nanamura of Diamond Heart Yoga for his 50 hour YACEP Continuing Education Retreat in November 2019.
His reputation precedes him and when you read what people say, you can’t help but be intrigued.
“Summing up all that Scott has brought into my life in one small paragraph is near impossible. His wisdom in Tibetan Philosophy and the manner in which he presents it has forever long changed the way I think, act and operate as a person and as a mother of three young children. His quick wit and humor keep you coming back to class for a guaranteed enriching time on your mat with lots of room for laughter! I have never met someone more knowledgeable than Scott. A practicing Acupuncturist with a masters degree in Chinese Medicine, a Yoga teacher of more than 15 years, a father and a world of philosophy and wisdom past down from generations at his fingertips. Once Scott has touched your life, there is no way to not feel his love and compassion for the world and for you.” Darcy Rodriguez
So, we were extremely interested to find out more! We managed a quick interview in between his travels and retreats before he reaches Spain next month.
What are the absolute core elements fundamental to the way you teach yoga that perhaps sets you apart from other teachers?
I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to study with teachers that have learned from a long lineage of the Tibetan Buddhist culture, that have passed on subtle body practices which are not seen in many of the other yoga styles. These are the core teachings that I use in my practice today.
At what point did you know that yoga was going to always be a part of your life? Was there one thing or was it over a period of time?
I knew yoga was going to be a part of my life when I first learned how our mind creates our own reality. A deep sadness came over me, understanding how I created my own suffering. And also understanding how others that would never hear these wisdom teachings, would never know how they create their own pain and suffering. When I learned how to bring philosophy back to the physical part of the practice; how the two are intimately connected and how you can use your physical practice to work with your mind and using the philosophy to work with the physical practice. It was then that I realized I wanted to make this a part of my everyday practice and share this knowledge with others.
There are lots of yoga retreats and trainings around the world. Why do you think the ones you have developed and designed appeal to your students/guests?
Because of the unique variety of the different components that are offered in my trainings, including Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan Heart Yoga, (functional) anatomy, Alignment & Adjustments, Philosophy, Art of Sequencing and Traditional Chinese medicine. By researching thoroughly, we pick outstanding venues in exotic locations. We have smaller group size trainings, for a more cozy and intimate atmosphere
What is the best advice you have been given, as a practitioner and teacher of yoga?
Always take the opportunity to travel when you can and never waste a spare moment of time. Make every moment precious, because you never know when it’s going to be your last.
Why is the 50 hour continuing development important?
Continuing education is important as a refresher course and maintenance, but also to learn a little bit more about every aspect that’s being offered in a 50 hour course. It’s a platform that helps to introduce new concepts. It can bring you to a deeper level of understanding anatomy and functional anatomy. The training brings a new skillset into your personal practice and into your teaching methods. It also shows teachers what a condensed version from a 300 hour training can look like.
What insight/words can you share about the mental and spiritual aspect of your yoga practice and teachings?
That everything is coming from you instead of at you. And when you realize this, you can create the life you have always dreamed of for yourself.
From ancient philosophies and Eastern medicine to DJ’ing….what’s next?! What is your approach to what lies ahead?
Moving to a beautiful and warm location where I can continue to pass on my knowledge
A few of your favourite things…?
Geshe Michael Roach, Lama Marut, to name two amazing teachers
For example: Michael Franti, Desert Dwellers. I grew up with 70’s rock’n’roll, the disco era and MTV. There is so much great music!
Alex Grey. His visionary art.
A good book for everyone is A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life by Lama Marut.
Also The Karma of Love and How Yoga Works by Geshe Michael Roach.