Agni Larsen is the co-founder and primary yoga teacher of Twin Cedars Holistic Health (www.twincedars.ca), a Chinese Medicine and yoga clinic based in Victoria, Canada with a focus on creating lasting wellness through collaborative, personalized treatment plans. Agni is a Register Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner who holds a Doctorate of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is a faculty member of Pacific Rim College in Victoria, Canada – an award-winning institute specializing in holistic medicine and sustainable living – and is honored to aid the next generation of acupuncturists and herablists as they pursue careers in holistic medicine. As both a yoga teacher and a health care practitioner, Agni has a special interest in mental and emotion health, addictions, autoimmune conditions, cosmetic acupuncture, sports medicine and rehabilitation and optimal nutrition. Outside of yoga and Chinese Medicine, her passions include painting, hiking, shamanic journeying, brewing potions, poetry, ecstatic dance, travel, and curling up with a fantasy novel and mug of bone broth.
What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
Padmāsana, lotus or shrine posture. I love this posture as I was first drawn into the world of yoga through formal seated meditation, far before I delved into yoga asana. Padmāsana reminds me of the end goal of all the other poses: to come to a comfortable seated posture and then attune the mind to steadiness like a still lake; to calm the ripples of thoughts so the light of consciousness can reflect clearly through the pool.
“I said before, the most beautiful and most profound religious emotion that we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. And this mysticality is the power of all true science. If there is any such concept as a God, it is a subtle spirit, not an image of a man that so many have fixed in their minds. In essence, my religion consists of a humble admiration for this illimitable superior spirit that reveals itself in the slight details that we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds.”
~ Albert Einstein
What inspires you in your practice?
Connection to spirit, direct mystical experience, being one with the Tao, devotion to spiritual practice, drawing support and inspiration from a like-minded sangha, and evolving as a student and teacher through the unfolding of my purest self in order to reflect the divine light of other beings clearly back to themselves without distortion. I am highly influenced by Chinese Medicine through my everyday practice as an acupuncturist and herbalist, choosing plant allies for my patients and embodying a conduit of healing through which qi can flow unimpeded. I love mystical visual art, stories, connection to source through ecstatic dance and transcending duality, opening to wonder by cultivating the child-mind and am ever inspired by those that see the path as the goal and seek to evolve and better themselves on their short and brilliant journeys on this plane. I have enjoyed witnessing the similarities in spiritual practice, experience and outlook throughout a myriad of different cultures and religions across time and space on our beloved Earth, from Ancient Indian to the Middle East to Andean wisdom. I hold a deep personal affection for the benevolence and selflessness of the Tibetan Buddhist culture which never ceases to amaze me with its simple and pragmatic everyday wisdom.
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― Mary Oliver