About Rev. John Hawkins

Rev. John Hawkins has been teaching Hatha Yoga since 1998. He facilitates a deeper understanding of Yoga through Behind the Yoga.

On June 9, 2013, John was ordained as an Interfaith and Interspiritual minister, recognizing all faiths and non-faiths. The ordination resulted from a two year study at International Seminary for Interfaith Studies (ISIS) where he learned many different traditions as well as the operations of an Interfaith minister. John performs weddings, memorials, baby namings spiritual counseling as well as Yoga therapy. he is also available for speaking engagements.

John’s life is rich with experiences, from a stint at Vanderbilt Divinity School in 1976 to a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. As an artist, spiritual thinker, and writer, his approach to Yoga aims to touch at the heart of the mind-body dynamic. His goal is for students to feel ease, lightness of heart, and to express themselves fully in their daily lives.

Certified as an Integral Yoga Teacher in 1998, John presents a well-rounded, meditative practice, addressing the entire body, physically and energetically. The result is a healthy and “ease-ful” body, a profoundly balanced energy, and a deeply relaxed state of mind. Integral Yoga addresses the core of one’s body, while reaching the core of one’s life. In August 2011 he earn certification as a Yin Yoga teacher at Semperviva Yoga in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, studying with Bernie Clark. Yin yoga employs long holds to address the connective tissue and joints n the body.

“As a Yoga instructor I work to present the safest means of practicing posture (asana) and breathing techniques (pranayama) to fit the needs of each student. It is my job to show that the asanas are not templates, in which we try to squeeze the body. Each posture works as a dialogue with the body.

“As a Yoga teacher I am dedicated to providing Yoga in its fullness, a practice that allows us to reach beyond the mat and into our lives. Yoga is more than a series of exercises. It is a way of life. It is a method in which we can learn to create our lives and not be subject to the circumstances of our lives.” This is the subject of “At the Heart of It” which explores our innermost beliefs and addresses our issues concerning sexuality, forgiveness, contentment, and God.”