You know you are hooked on yoga when you’re driving down the highway sitting well with straight spine, turning off the Sirius XM Grateful Dead satellite radio, and singing the guru mantra in Sanskrit:
guru Brahma guru Vishnu guru devo Maheshwara
guru sakshat param Brahma tasmai shri gurave namah
Here’s the translation I learned:
From Guru Stotram, “Our creation is that guru. The duration of our lives is that guru. Our trials, illnesses, and calamities is that guru. There is a guru that is nearby, and a guru that is beyond the beyond. I humbly make my offering to the guru, the beautiful remover of ignorance, the enlightenment principle that is within me, and surrounds me at all times.
Peace be with you.
Jim has a background in dance, music, martial arts, and Jivamukti yoga, and came to yoga not long after recovering from a skiing accident in 2010 that resulted in wheelchair and other equipment needed to walk for the next two years. He started yoga with gentle classes on a weekly basis for a year prior to migrating into advanced classes, and developing a daily practice whether at home or in a studio. He started teaching free yoga in his home to senior citizens in his neighborhood. He completed teacher training at Republic of Yoga in Cary, NC, started YogaRay.org
, and began teaching yoga in 2015. Jim is currently enrolled in advanced teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center.
Jim Ray, RYT 200
Well, it is official. I completed the teacher training yesterday and now have my first certificate. Now, the journey begins. In two hours, I will be teaching my very first open level class to a new audience at a new studio. Let the games begin.
Here’s our awesome class of graduates:
Jim started Yogaray.org in 2014 and a free yoga practice for seniors in his home. He completed RYT200 yoga teacher training at Republic of Yoga with Nicole Nichols in 2015. Jim practices yoga daily and enjoys vinyasa flow that synchronizes the breath with the movement.
Here’s a sample video of vinyasa flow:
My goal is to bring yoga to others to help them the way my teachers have helped me. Jim
On his day job, Jim formed Neuse Networks in 1997 that specializes in managed services (MSP) to remotely automate IT maintenance and to take IT labor out of the equation. He focuses on combining conventional client/server technologies with virtualization, mobility, and cloud technologies to implement computer networks for voice, video, and data. His education includes Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from NC State 1985. He has been in IEEE since 1980 (Senior Member, past Chair for Eastern North Carolina Section 2010, past Chair for NC State Student Branch 1981). He lives in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.
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There has been a death in my family, and I will be in Atlanta, GA at a service and unable to hold our yoga practice at my house.
My name is Jim Ray, and I started this web site today because I am interested in yoga. I go to classes regularly and enjoy learning from great teachers. I have a daily home practice. I hope I will be able to share with others what has helped me in body, mind, and soul. Namaste.