Eoin Finn, Blissologist My Life Mission: “To stay in touch with the that deep vibration of Love so that I can be a conduit for it in all I do in life. I want to inspire people to be continuously lit up by this mysterious but powerful force.” One of Canada’s most popular yoga teachers, Vancouver’s Eoin Finn is a Blissologist, Yogi and a Surfer. An ocean-worshipper who strongly advocates a belief in yoga environmentalism and social change, Eoin has been a disciple of Yoga, Eastern and Western philosophy, martial arts and meditation since 1987 and has been teaching Yoga for well over a decade to thousands of students around the world. Fusing his passion for athletics and yoga as an essential cross-training element, Eoin has worked with high-level athletes ranging from NHL hockey players to Olympic skiers in the US and Canada for whom he has created customized, performance enhancing yoga programmes. Eoin’s teaching offers a heart-opening, invigorating and experiential practice that is grounded with humor, dynamism and a focus on physical and energetic alignment. Yoga, when practiced with this holistic awareness becomes fluid therapy, movement guided by the innate knowledge of anatomy and evolution. Eoin leads YES (Yoga, Ecology and Surf) Retreats around the world, sharing his deep respect and love for nature and yoga with his students. His writings on Yoga and Happiness were recently included in USA Books Today’s “Best Selp Help Book of 2008,” the anthology, Peak Vitality, which also contains insights by Deepak Chopra and Eckhardt Tolle. Eoin’s platinum level line of Yoga DVDs are sold on amazon.com as well as lululemon athletica stores around the world. He thanks many teachers who have inspired him along the way including Vijnana Yogis: Gioia Irwin and Orit Sen-Gupta; Structural Integration Therapist Tom Myers; and Body Mind Psychotherapist Susan Aposhyan. Eoin will be teaching at Exhale studios in Venice, California starting November 1, 2012. Website: www.blissology.com Eoin Finn on Facebook Twitter: @eoinfinnyoga Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/oceanworshipper Questions and Answers with Eoin Finn: What does yoga mean to you? My personal definition is that "Yoga is the art of getting out of your own way." We put our egos aside and tap into what I call the Mystical Experience of Unity; that powerful, but mysterious feeling that we are connected to all life. The yogis taught us that this consciousness is unveiled to us in deep stillness. I agree but I would add that my experience of yoga happens most deeply when I get quiet and still in the beauty of Nature. What impact has yoga had on your life? I was first drawn to yoga to explain what happens to me when I get quiet and open my heart to the miracle of life. It has given me an incredible map to help understand and deepen this experience. It has helped me understand the relationship between stillness, the realm of the heart and the ego. By getting still, we can feel the deep Love inside of us. I believe Love is a force in the universe like gravity or electro-magnetism. We tune into it. This is especially true at the end of practice when our energy is calm--or what the yogis called sattvic--that we really tune our body's antennae to this force. In what ways does yoga help you off the mat? I have learned that the way I treat my own body is the same way I treat all my relationships. If I am motivated by my ego during yoga, I get hurt. I have to be kind to my own self. I have to tap into the force of Love and listen to my body's needs. Then once I achieve this balance towards my body in physical yoga class, I apply the same ability to listen and be kind to my personal relationships, my community, my work and to Nature itself. I call this art, Blissology. What do you recommend for people who are brand new to yoga? I recommend people new to yoga find the class they are looking for by checking into to four big parameters: 1) fitness level 2) spiritual content, 3) attention to alignment cues and 4) way the teacher balances the serious discipline which you need in yoga with lightness of heart and even humour. Ask around to find a teacher that suits where you are at today. Try a few different teachers. It can depend a lot on the teacher almost more than the style. What yoga tips can you share with people? Listen to your body, breath and your innermost heart and you will love it. Let it guide you. It's easy in theory but so hard in application. The instant we compare ourselves to others we lose this wisdom and put ourselves back on this bell curve that we live on through most of daily life. I heard a quote by Brene Browne at the lululemon conference this year that, "Comparison is the thief of happiness." This may be true, but it is also the source of great inspiration. You have to decide. My mission is to cultivate a vastly happy mindset through yoga. Sometimes I even say that there is a code in Y.O.G.A - it's You've Only Got Attitude. I hope we can all use yoga to keep ours as positive as possible. What drew you to teach the particular style(s) of yoga that you teach now? The first yoga I knew was very gentle and meditative which I loved. Then I discovered Ashtanga Yoga and Power Yoga in Maui. I love the flow and fitness aspect combined with the spiritual and meditative aspects. About 13 years ago I got a serious knee injury in yoga. It put me on a quest to present yoga in a way that was the most low risk for injury, very therapeutic but still offered fitness and cultivated an attitude of Love. I worked with Gioia Irwin in Vancouver for a number of years and have used her work as my foundation to teach what I call Blissology Yoga.