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Yogeshwar Will Humphrey

Yogeshwar Will Humphrey

BA, MA, YTT 500

Yogeshwar has been practicing yoga since 2006, and he did his first teacher training in 2008 at Mount Madonna Center, near Santa Cruz, California. He also spent several years in residence there, where he deepened his study and practice of yoga and completed an additional 300 hours of yoga teacher training in 2011. He also became a staff instructor of āsana, prāṇāyāma, meditation, and yoga philosophy for resident staff, retreat guests, and Mount Madonna Center’s own YTT. In addition, he served as a pūjārī at the Center’s Hanumān Temple, which also sparked an interest in the Sanskrit language and Vedic and Tantric forms of ritual. Following his time at Mount Madonna, Yogeshwar completed an M.A. in Religious Studies at the University of Calgary. His studies focused on Eastern Religion and Philosophy, as well as Sanskrit, and in 2016 he wrote and defended a thesis comparing the Yogasūtra’s accounts of samāpatti, or meditative absorption, with currents in 20th century continental philosophy. During his studies, he also continued to teach āsana and meditation at various studios and venues in Calgary. Yogeshwar is incredibly involved in life at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, where he teaches an asana classes, hosts a weekly Yogasūtra classes, and helps plan and orchestrate ongoing ritual observances (pūjā and yajña).