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About Hubert: "Hubert is a 300 hr. Certified Jivamukti Teacher and was initially drawn to Jivamukti through his teachers', David Life's, Sharon Gannon's, and Giselle Mari's, spirit of service. He is grateful for the teachers who were and are present in his life and all the support from his family and friends. Drawn to the pragmatic and applicable aspects of the yoga philosophy and practice, Hubert places importance in the tradition, history, and lineage of Yoga, as well as its adaptability to modern life. He continues to be inspired by the dynamism of the practice and how it compliments creativity and the arts."
Hubert teaches at Georgetown Yoga and Buddha B Yoga. He was kind enough to answer a few questions for us as part of our Featured Yogi segment.
How did you begin to practice yoga?
I reconnected with a friend and she invited me to a yoga class. I was feeling a little down and out and figured, “Sure why not?” From what I remember, she loosely mentioned it was a Bikram class, which was not in my vernacular at the time, and to wear shorts because I would probably sweat. I remember reading this funny craigslist ad/comic memoir of someone’s first experience with “hot yoga” and I can definitely relate with his experience! It was intense and challenging, but also serene and peaceful.
Why is yoga important to you?
Yoga (to me) is a practice to enhance the nature of our relationships with ourselves and others – from the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual development of each individual to the nurturing of our relationship to others, Mother Earth and all its inhabitants. It is a science that is loaded with vast, profound wisdom and techniques that can be applicable to modern life. Yoga helps me practice and live more harmoniously, experience and explore the vast depths within, and have opportunities to serve and uplift others.
What made you want to teach yoga?
The process happened naturally. Initially, I had no intentions or an epiphany to become a yoga teacher. I simply just showed up and continued to follow what I felt. The major spark was my teachers, Sharon Gannon, David Life, and Giselle Mari and the roles they play in others’ and my lives. Above all, I was most inspired to teach by their continued dedication to uplift and serve others, including the natural world.
Do you have a preferred type of yoga to teach/practice? Please elaborate.
Jivamukti! I have high regards that Jivamukti Yoga is steeped in tradition, respects lineage and at the same time allows for creativity and applicability to modern life. I love to take classes from a wide range of styles: Ashtanga, Bikram, Iyengar, Prana Flow, Yin/Restorative, Power, Tibetan to name a few). It’s humbling and helps me to see a different perspective as well as the connection amongst the schools.
Describe a yoga class with you -- what makes the experience unique?
Music, laughter, community, playfulness, and a child-like exploration of the different aspects or paths of yoga, including chanting, philosophy, and hands-on assists.
Who is your favorite D.C. teacher?
So many favorites! I haven’t been here for very long and already I’m grateful to study with many of the teachers in D.C. I am especially grateful for Valerie and Rexx Sammuell, Maryl Baldridge, Joan Wadopian, and the Buddha B and Georgetown Yoga communities for their humble and open hearts.