One of the best Yoga instructors in Costa Rica, Alejandra Torres
Posted by Jack Albritton on October 01, 2013
“Yoga is the cessation of the movements of the mind. Then there is abiding in the Seer’s own form.”
– Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
One of the things that makes School of the World so special is the wonderful and talented staff, including yoga teacher Alejandra Torres. She is passionate about what she does and it shows in her yoga classes at the school. I have been practicing yoga with Ale and the students that are in Costa Rica for the SOTW’s yoga program the last couple of weeks, and I would like to share a recent interview I did with Alejandra.
JA: You have been to India twice now. How have those experiences changed your practice?
AT: I think it gave me more devotion. People in India are very devoted when it comes to yoga. I haven’t seen that type of commitment to yoga anywhere else. All the people there, along with practitioners from all over the world are so devoted to their practice. And it has inspired me to have more in my practice as well.
JA: With whom did you study yoga in India?
AT: I studied with several different people certified in ashtanga yoga, including Sharath Jois. He is the grandson of the creator of the ashtanga method, Pattabhi Jois. Sharath Jois is the person now in charge of the Ashtanga Institute in Mysore, India. I plan to continue to study with him in the future and deepen my knowledge and practice of ashtanga.
JA: What is it like to study yoga at the source so to speak?
AT: Amazing! With Sharath Jois, what I can perceive and what I felt about him is that he is just a normal human being. He is an amazing yogi and I find him really humble. This is a place that attracts many serious practitioners that are really devoted to the methods and to the respect of the traditions. He is very inspiring as a teacher and a person and the place is a space to just focus on practice.
JA: Have your travel experiences changed your teaching style at all?
AT: I think more and more I have become an ashtangini. I teach vinyasa mostly at the school but slowly I am expanding into teaching the ashtanga method to my regular students I have had for years. It is amazing and I am becoming more and more interested in teaching ashtanga. However, I do still enjoy teaching vinyasa and introducing people to yoga.
JA: How does the experience of traveling and practicing yoga differ from someone practicing yoga in their hometown?
AT: I guess if there is a difference it is the feeling of being around others that are so serious about their practice to carry it with them anywhere, and being in the presence of very good teachers. It definitely gives you more inspiration and a better attitude for the practice!