Todd Norian, E-RYT 500, teaches yoga with the heartfelt intention to awaken others to their inherent potential for unlimited joy, vitality, and fulfillment. Cofounder of Ashaya Yoga, Todd’s style is one of precise biomechanical alignment infused with heart. He excels at making deep philosophical teachings accessible and relatable. With warmth and humor, Todd creates a space of sublime transformation in which students can step into the power of their own heart and spirit.
A student of yoga since 1980, Todd studied Iyengar Yoga for three years; lived, studied, and became a yoga teacher-trainer at Kripalu Center over a span of 13 years; and taught Anusara Yoga internationally for 15 years. He continues to study extensively with several Tantric scholars, including Paul Muller-Ortega and Professor Douglas Brooks. Todd teaches workshops and trainings internationally and is a talented musician who has created several CDs of music for yoga.
My music studies were the gateway to and preparation for my becoming a yogi. Through music, I developed the discipline of practice along with the concentration and sensitivity to listen to and distinguish subtleties of vibration and ultimately to appreciate beauty.
While I was a jazz student at the University of Miami in 1980, I took my first yoga class at the Miami Institute of Iyengar Yoga. My teachers were Sam Dworkis and Bobbi Golden. I’ll never forget that first class. I was required to take three private lessons with Sam before joining the general level class. I was so stiff I couldn’t touch my toes. I hurt all over. During the relaxation at the end of what seemed like a torture session in my first general class, I relaxed as if for the first time in my life. I remember the beautiful and powerful flute music, “Inside the Taj Mahal” by Paul Horn and the scent of sandalwood incense. Tears began flowing from my eyes and formed little pools of water in my ears. I felt deeply moved by something much bigger and more powerful than anything I had ever experienced before. I felt as though a blanket of grace had been draped over my previously aching body. All my pain had been released, and I felt open and spacious. I felt free inside, and I experienced the perfection of the universe. After a few months of yoga practice, I started to become more limber. I found myself more calm and relaxed in life situations, and I was consistently experiencing a heightened awareness of everything around me.
“In 1982, I graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies and was offered a fellowship to pursue a masters program in jazz composition and teaching. Before beginning the fellowship, I attended the Eastman School of Music Jazz Summer Program in Rochester, New York. On the way home, I visited a friend at a yoga retreat in Pennsylvania called Kripalu. While there, I decided to enroll in a 10-day course called “Quest For the Limitless You”. It was an amazing journey of transformation that changed my life forever. I relinquished my fellowship and stayed at Kripalu for 13 years. I taught yoga classes and workshops and later directed the yoga teacher training program, training over 1000 Kripalu teachers. Those years at Kripalu deepened my spiritual practice and opened my heart to the transformational power of yoga. In 1994, I married a fellow Kripalu resident, Ann Greene.”
“My music took on a whole new dimension as I discovered the wonders of kirtan chanting. Instead of playing at smoky jazz clubs late at night, I woke up early in the morning, practiced yoga, and ended my day with chanting. I created several CDs of music for yoga and meditation. After a few years, I founded Shakti Fusion, an eight-piece jazz/rock/world beat/Sanskrit kirtan fusion band.”
“In 1997, I began studying with John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga. The alignment principles of Anusara opened my body more in two years than the previous 17 years of practice. In addition, my heart opened even more fully, and I discovered a deeper connection to spirit. In 2012, I resigned my Anusara license and co-founded Ashaya Yoga with Ann.”
“I teach workshops and trainings, nationally and internationally, together and separately. I now offer an Ashaya Yoga In-Depth Study/200-Hour Teacher Training Program, as well as, an Ashaya Yoga Advanced Teacher Trainings and 500-Hour Certification Program.”
“In my spare time, I enjoy taking care of my health through cooking, eating a healthy diet, and practicing asana, pranayama, and meditation. I am also an avid fan of aerobic exercise including biking, hiking, swimming, and cross country skiing.”