About Ashtanga Yoga Queens Instructor John Schneider
I've lived and studied yoga in New York since 2000. I began teaching in 2005. Realizing this was premature I took a hiatus from teaching until Sharath Jois gave me authorization to teach.
I have been practicing daily with Eddie Stern since 2005. I previously had studied ashtanga with various teachers since 1998.
I've been taking trips to India to study with Sharath Jois since 2009 and am currently 2nd level authorized, able to teach primary series and second series up to pinchamayurasana.
When I began yoga in 1986 I also began practicing zen meditation. Zen deeply informs my understanding of yoga. But this understanding is not the most important thing. It happens that both Sri K Pattabhi Jois and my frist zen master Seung Sahn Soen Sa, both would were frequently quoted as saying "Just do it" Or as Pattabhi Jois would frequently say "Ashtanga is 99% practice 1% theory." Its good medicine for our over busy overly analytical modern minds to rest in a practice that is unavoidably grounded in the body and breath.