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Zachary Rochester

Zachary Rochester

Yoga & Meditation Teacher Speaker|Humanitarian
Trauma Informed Tantric Hatha Yoga and Embodied Social Change

Hi, my name is Zachary. I am a queer Yoga and Meditation teacher based in Iowa City, Iowa. I teach a ParaYoga inspired, holistic and authentic approach to modern yoga that integrates elements of spiritual activism, humanitarianism, queer resilience, and embodied social change.

 

 

Zachary Rochester

Yoga & Meditation Teacher Speaker|Humanitarian
Trauma Informed Tantric Hatha Yoga and Embodied Social Change

Hi, my name is Zachary. I am a queer Yoga and Meditation teacher based in Iowa City, Iowa. I teach a ParaYoga inspired, holistic and authentic approach to modern yoga that integrates elements of spiritual activism, humanitarianism, queer resilience, and embodied social change.

Through close study with my teachers, Fannie Hungerford and Betsy Rippentrop (who I am eternally grateful to for their wisdom, compassion, and wise mentorship), I have been immersed in a practice rooted in Tantra, Ayurveda, Classical Yoga, and Trauma Informed Perspectives for mental health and emotional resiliency.

I completed my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Fannie in 2019, a training inspired by her teachers Rod Stryker, founder of ParaYoga, and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of the Himalayan Institute. Due to my need to heal from an over stimulating and challenging home life as a child, which is what originally brought me to yoga, I have also completed several hours of training in yoga for trauma recovery and post traumatic growth.

I am a student of International affairs and religious studies, and I have a background in human rights advocacy and nonprofit work. Given this, my main passion lies in merging together my scholarly and mystical scientific pursuits and sharing how these ancient sciences of liberation can bring us into a deeper alignment with our true essence and assist us in overcoming internal blockages while also dismantling worldly systems and forces of oppression that bind us to the cycles of samsara and suffering. I have experienced that we have the capacity to heal, transform and liberate ourselves and I seek to empower others to do so for themselves. My interests and research reside in the realms of the political history of yoga and Ayurveda, integrative medicine such as yoga therapy and somatic studies, as well as topics of decolonizing yoga and increasing equity within the yoga industry. I desire to know yoga from all its angles! 

My classes are focused on healing, playfulness, self-care, and nourishment and include dynamic asana that is woven with pranayama, chanting, visualization, bandhas, and meditation as a way to increase the flow of prana (vital life force). The goal in each class is to cultivate energetic balance, illumination and inner brilliance that brings us into greater awareness of who we are, how we can engage with the world more authentically, and how we can thrive and find a state of wellness in a modern culture that demands over productivity and reinforces a deep illusion of separation. Further, I share how we can live our yoga and practice beyond our mats. I teach group classes, workshops and courses and offer one on one personal practice development and coaching. I teach about fairly serious topics but what I share is grounded in love, joy, and a radical acceptance of truth. Working with the heavy is what makes us light and it is what cultivates a greater capacity to hold the paradoxes of the universe and our human experience.

I design content with certain folks in mind: queer folks, activists, helpers, and advocates, as well as yogis and yoga teachers who wish to deepen their practice with the various complementary elements I have described, but are just as suited for brand new beginners and experienced yogis alike. Truly, I am eager to spend a lifetime dedicated to these studies and practices and am humbled to have the opportunity to share what I have learned and continue to experience. In yoga I have found my dharma and I look forward to walking with others on their journey home.

The goal is liberation. Life is the curriculum. 

 

 

Through close study with my teachers, Fannie Hungerford and Betsy Rippentrop (who I am eternally grateful to for their wisdom, compassion, and wise mentorship), I have been immersed in a practice rooted in Tantra, Ayurveda, Classical Yoga, and Trauma Informed Perspectives for mental health and emotional resiliency.

I completed my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Fannie in 2019, a training inspired by her teachers Rod Stryker, founder of ParaYoga, and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of the Himalayan Institute. Due to my need to heal from an over stimulating and challenging home life as a child, which is what originally brought me to yoga, I have also completed several hours of training in yoga for trauma recovery and post traumatic growth.

I am a student of International affairs and religious studies, and I have a background in human rights advocacy and nonprofit work. Given this, my main passion lies in merging together my scholarly and mystical scientific pursuits and sharing how these ancient sciences of liberation can bring us into a deeper alignment with our true essence and assist us in overcoming internal blockages while also dismantling worldly systems and forces of oppression that bind us to the cycles of samsara and suffering. I have experienced that we have the capacity to heal, transform and liberate ourselves and I seek to empower others to do so for themselves. My interests and research reside in the realms of the political history of yoga and Ayurveda, integrative medicine such as yoga therapy and somatic studies, as well as topics of decolonizing yoga and increasing equity within the yoga industry. I desire to know yoga from all its angles! 

My classes are focused on healing, playfulness, self-care, and nourishment and include dynamic asana that is woven with pranayama, chanting, visualization, bandhas, and meditation as a way to increase the flow of prana (vital life force). The goal in each class is to cultivate energetic balance, illumination and inner brilliance that brings us into greater awareness of who we are, how we can engage with the world more authentically, and how we can thrive and find a state of wellness in a modern culture that demands over productivity and reinforces a deep illusion of separation. Further, I share how we can live our yoga and practice beyond our mats. I teach group classes, workshops and courses and offer one on one personal practice development and coaching. I teach about fairly serious topics but what I share is grounded in love, joy, and a radical acceptance of truth. Working with the heavy is what makes us light and it is what cultivates a greater capacity to hold the paradoxes of the universe and our human experience.

I design content with certain folks in mind: queer folks, activists, helpers, and advocates, as well as yogis and yoga teachers who wish to deepen their practice with the various complementary elements I have described, but are just as suited for brand new beginners and experienced yogis alike. Truly, I am eager to spend a lifetime dedicated to these studies and practices and am humbled to have the opportunity to share what I have learned and continue to experience. In yoga I have found my dharma and I look forward to walking with others on their journey home.

The goal is liberation. Life is the curriculum. 

(712) 490-3037

(712) 490-3037

zacharyjrochester@gmail.com

zacharyjrochester@gmail.com

zacharyrochesteryoga.com

zacharyrochesteryoga.com

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