What’s your favorite yoga pose and why?
Heart openers and hip openers! For me yoga has always been a process of opening. Opening the heart to greater love and compassion, opening the mind to greater freedom and possibility, and opening up our awareness to new ways of being and seeing the world. So I tend to hang out for a long time in pigeon pose, and work into deep backbends like wheel pose. Lizard and frog are great on the hips too, and camel pose is another greater heart opener.
What is your favorite quote?
Oh, there are so many! Lately I’ve been returning back to Jose Saramogo’s quote:
“Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are.” — Jose Saramogo
For me spiritual practice is a lot about discovering new dimensions about ourselves that go beyond the thinking mind. Jose’s insight shines light on the reality of our true being that goes beyond name and form.
What inspires you in your practice?
Continuous improvement. Every morning I’m on my yoga mat practicing challenging physical postures, while also practicing non-attachment and letting go of the desire to achieve anything. And almost every day I do something I have never been able to do before, or do deeper into a posture than I have ever gone before. The idea of continuous improvement means that no matter where you are in your practice and your life, as long as you get on your mat or meditation cushion, you’re on the right track.
More About Zach
Zach Beach is a Bay Area based teacher who leads dynamic and mindful yoga classes. He combines challenging physical postures with Eastern wisdom, philosophical lessons, stories of healing and tips for self-growth, leaving students not just with newfound freedom in their bodies but a renewed perspective on life.
Zach is committed to building a world based on unconditional love and connection. He does that as a teacher, yoga and acroyoga facilitator, poet and writer, helping people lead happier and more loving lives.
Author of the poetry collection Drinking Roses on Sunday and founder of The Heart Center love school, Zach regularly leads Power of Love retreats, workshops, and transformational teacher trainings, and is a popular speaker from conferences to college campuses.
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Zach is a certified Yoga Teacher, Thai Massage Bodyworker, and Sex Educator, and he has an MA in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Zach completed his 200 Hour and 500 Hour yoga teacher training at the School Yoga Institute, his MA in East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and his Thai Massage training at the Sunshine Network in Thailand.