Thursday, October 20, 2011

Chad Dennis - Yogis, check this out!

There is nothing like an amazing yoga practice. 
I had a class with Chad today that was so absolutely perfect, inspiring, enriching and enlightening that I had to mention this incredible teacher's gift on my blog. It is no wonder that he has been hired to tour with Maroon 5 for years and when he is not able to be with the band he teaches them via skype! 
(Adam Levine can not live without Chad's class!)
Chad Dennis has been practicing yoga for over 20
years and teaching for 15.
He has completed many teacher trainings and has obtained numerous certifications including OM, Yoga Works, Anusara, Bhava, Bikram, TRX and Revolution In Motion to name just a few. Over the last 20 years Chad studied directly under such esteemed teachers as John Friend, Dr. Robert Svaboda, Gulan Mirashi, David Life, Eddie Stern, Rodney Yee, Bruce Holmes (Feldenkrais), S.N. Goenka, Irene Dowd and Dr. Edythe Heus. He is currently studying at UCLA and working towards his Masters in Kinesiology, with an emphasis on the long-term effects and benefits of yoga on the physical body.
With this extensive background in anatomy, kinesiology, physical therapy, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Anusara, and Buddhism, Chad seamlessly interweaves his knowledge of philosophy,
alignment and exquisite sequencing to transform the students practice and understanding of yoga.
Chad travels a lot but once in a while he stops by New York and teaches for a week or so. If you have a chance, try one of his classes. I warn you though, you might get addicted.
Chad has many serious followers, and I am one of them.


The Buddha's Teaching on Loving-kindness

This is what should be done
By one who is skilled in goodness,
And who knows the path of peace:
Let them be able and upright,
Straightforward and gentle in speech.
Humble and not conceited,
Contented and easily satisfied.
Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.

Peaceful and calm, and wise and skilful,
Not proud and demanding in nature.
Let them not do the slightest thing
That the wise would later reprove.
Wishing: In gladness and in safety,
May all beings be at ease.
Whatever living beings there may be;
Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,
The great or the mighty, medium, short or small,
The seen and the unseen,
Those living near and far away,
Those born and to-be-born,
May all beings be at ease!

Let none deceive another,
Or despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill-will
Wish harm upon another.
Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings:
Radiating kindness over the entire world
Spreading upwards to the skies,
And downwards to the depths;
Outwards and unbounded,
Freed from hatred and ill-will.

Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down
Free from drowsiness,
One should sustain this recollection.
This is said to be the sublime abiding.
By not holding to fixed views,
The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision,
Being freed from all sense desires,
Is not born again into this world.


  1. Great tip. Gonna try and come to his class on Nov 2nd. Thanks.


  2. I love Chad's class!