Tim La Porte
Tim Laporte, PhD, RYT-500, is an academic, a philosopher, and a committed practitioner of yoga in both its physical and meditative aspects. In his academic life, Tim teaches graduate-level courses in Comparative Religion and Philosophy at the California Institute for Human Science (Encinitas, CA), where many of his classes focus on yogic theory and practice. As a yoga practitioner, Tim has trained extensively in the Ashtanga Vinyasa method and recently received Level 2 Authorization to teach this method from R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India. Tim’s teaching method as a yoga instructor seeks to incorporate what he has learned through academic study and practical experience: awareness of yoga’s historical origins and deeper spiritual purpose, respect for the living traditions through which the practice has been passed down to us through the generations, and a firm belief that the healing benefits yoga can be intelligently adapted as needed to meet any modern circumstance. Ultimately, yoga is universal in its application. Its benefits can be experienced regardless of race, religion, or socioeconomic background, and it can be a source of healing and empowerment whether our goal is physical health, mental wellbeing, or spiritual realization.