wanderlust whistler: an intro to sattva yoga
posted: August 7, 2014
Wanderlust—whichever one you attend—offers plenty of opportunity to discover. With the plethora of committed yoga scholars who gathered at the expansive mountain paradise that is Whistler, it was impossible to leave without gaining a fresh collection of life-elevating lessons. One of my main takeaways was discovering Sattva Yoga, a new style of practice founded by a fellow Canadian, Edmonton-based Rameen Peyrow. Rameen and his brother Afsheen teach out of Sattva Yoga studio in Edmonton, and recently opened a second hub in Calgary. Judging by comments heard at Wanderlust, it’s form of yoga that’s on fire. During a jam session with DJ Drez, Sattva’s young founder was kind enough to put dancing on hold to spend five minutes chatting with me.
Rameen Peyrow, founder of Sattva Yoga
Erin: Do you remember your first experience with yoga?
Rameen: I was five years old when I started my meditation practice. I used to watch my parents sitting in bed wanting to do exactly what they were doing. I’d sit and close my eyes, but could never find that stillness. One day my dad said to me, “Okay, Rameen. Today is the day you learn how to meditate.” I remember it as though it was yesterday. He asked me to sit and close my eyes, and said “Whenever you have a thought, put it on a cloud and watch it float away.” That’s exactly what I did. I never went to their room again to do my meditation. In my own room, I’d sit, and there was this cloud I was putting my thoughts on, but there was also a space between me and the cloud. I started to look into the space to see what was there, and what came out of it is history. That’s how it started.
Erin: What drove you to start your own practice?
Rameen: I was seeing what was going on in the world and how people needed a practice that could be sustainable, meaning there had to be some balance between their inner life—what they’re cultivating spiritually—and their outer life, their work and their family. A practice that could link the two together needed to be in place so there could be some alignment, so that it doesn’t feel like it’s either-or.
Erin: How do you describe Sattva Yoga?
Rameen: It’s a really fun and unique practice because we organize the body in a very specific way. We use a formula of integrative action lines to help map out an esoteric destructure to track the body. We do one month of the front body, one month of the back body, then one month of the side. Each time, the body has to reorganize its anatomy to adhere to the awareness. So you’re getting a 360-degree experience of the tissue of the body, which becomes very balanced and aligned. This creates an incredible amount of excitement within the body, which translates to energy.
Erin: How wide-reaching is Sattva?
Rameen: It’s all through Canada. People are becoming more and more interested throughout California. That’ll be the next place we visit and support. Sattva Yoga online is launching in September. It’s a great outreach program to help connect those who don’t have a Sattva center close to them. It’s much different than regular online yoga. It’s literally an online center that’s mirroring what we do in the physical center. It’s progressive and we’ll be working with a very specific formula that’s a four-month cycle leading into a one-year cycle.
Erin: Any upcoming yoga travel plans?
Rameen: I’m coming to Vancouver once a month until January. I’ll be teaching at ONE Yoga and doing intensives out of studio we rent. [For more info, email email@example.com]
Erin: How did you enjoy Wanderlust Whistler?
Rameen: I love Wanderlust. It’s fun. This is the best year, by far, and I’ve been to three.
Erin is a contributing food reporter for CTV Morning Live and The Rush on Shaw TV in Vancouver. She is also the banana bread-loving owner of To Die For, an artisan baked goods company specializing in premium loaves (don’t miss her lemon loaf, either). Find her restaurant and recipe recommendations on Twitter, or follow her on Instragram.