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.



eka pada urdhva dhanurasana

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, and began teaching yoga in 2015. Jim is currently enrolled in advanced teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center.
Contact Information:
Jim Ray, RYT 200