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Paul Harms

Paul's pathway to a life of yoga began through athleticism. Overcoming childhood asthma, he took up bodybuilding, running, and long distance cycling in his late teens. The interest in the relationship between mind and body led to Zen meditation, then a decade devoted to Tai Chi Chu’an, as well as a Ph.D. in Psychology.

After studying and practicing yoga daily since 1998, he decided to become a teacher in 2004 and since then has done so full time, teaching seven days a week. He completed the 500 hour Advanced Yoga program at Yogi Hari's Ashram in Florida. Since then, he has taught over 6000 yoga classes and is registered as E-RYT-500 with Yoga Alliance.

His advice to his students is to practice yoga as if they were going to live to 100 years old. You should play with the limits of your strength and flexibility, but with a deep awareness. Pain is not a bad thing. Pain is your body's way of telling you something is going to break. Often in a challenging pose my students are amused by my admonition that "If it feels like it's going to break, it probably is".

Paul's approach to yoga is athletic, but athleticism used to focus the mind. The flow between poses is conscious energy work based on the Chi Gung he learned practicing Tai Chi Chu’an. The approach to Yoga is grounded in health and proper alignment based on the principles of Anusara Yoga. In Paul's classes, you will carefully explore the boundaries of your physical ability and your mental concentration. The yoga should both energize and relax you.

Paul Harms instructs the following:
  • Slow Flow
  • A slower class that uses the basic postures of vinyasa flow to focus on breath work and alignment. This class is a good transition class between basic and vinyasa flow. Slow Flow yoga provides a relaxing environment where you can drop the stress of everyday life.