Yogis Anonymous

Doug Binzak

Guest teacher

In his former life as a television executive, Doug became very familiar with the physical aches and mental anxiety that come with long days at the office. As a twice-a-week "basketball buddy", he also became familiar with how often we use intense physical activity to work out some of that stress. And he is familiar with the trauma our bodies can suffer as a result, having had laser knee surgery to correct complication from those office job/basketball playing days.

Doug is also familiar with how amazingly the body responds and rebounds when we learn how to truly connect with it. Having discovered ways that yoga can serve as a "medicinal anti-dote" to the toll of his own daily life, he now happily shares with others what has been passed down to him through his weekly yoga classes, private lessons, and stream-able "Healing Yoga" short video series.

Certified by the National Yoga Alliance and having gained inspiration from the guidance of such teachers as Max Strom, Erich Schiffmann, and Saul David Raye, Doug's teaching -- and personal yoga practice-- have evolved to use shapes that explore the body's energy, rather than using the body to achieve "picture perfect" shapes. His lessons aim to help students open up from the inside, extending the body's full range and ease of motion.

Currently immersed in a multi-year training in Inter-Faith Healing Chaplaincy, Doug hopes to take the yoga lessons he has been given off the mat and into people's lives at times of crisis, when they need help most. He believes that "not talking about death is killing us", and is adding his voice to those who council diving into the mysteries of death so we can more fully experience the miracle of life.

Doug grew up in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin; went to college in Princeton, NJ; and now lives in Santa Monica, California. He also loves to travel (and has a special connection to Maui, Hawaii), hiking and all times in nature, experimenting as a cook, cheering for his Green Bay Packers and, most of all, sharing this wild ride of Life with his wonderful wife Michelle and his beloved sons Harry and Quin.

For more please visit dougbinzakyoga.com

Doug's latest classes