Yoshi Aono: What makes you come alive?

Tias Little: I think I most feel alive when my sense of self diminishes and I am not having to “do” my life. When I can let go of the “me, me, me” behind every move and every scene, then I feel like life is taking me in its current, like a sailor who catches a gust and just rides. Flowing in the current without struggle is in many ways the primary aim of the practice.

YA: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

TL: Dare to go slow! It is a funny thing us humans do, that in order to try to feel more secure we move faster. Our world with the ever present smart phone in hand now seems to spin faster and faster. So slowing down takes courage. Many find this scary and people think the faster I go the better off I’ll be. When it comes to healing the body, mind, and heart, slowing down is critical. Dare to go slow.

YA: How do you handle emotional pain?

TL: It is really important to feel the pain and not simply override it. There are lots of ways to override pain and most people are their own private masters at glossing over pain – watching t.v, eating too much, texting non-stop, quaffing tequila. Even spiritual practice can be used to sedate emotional pain, whether it is asana or getting in a transcendental groove. It is important to be with the pain, not reject it, deny it, or pretend it’s not there.

YA: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

TL: Meditation is the way for me to keep the ballast of my boat centered so that I don’t tip. Meditation builds kapha, which in Ayurveda is an antidote for the winds of distraction, particularly meditation on space, silence, and open-mind. And meditation on what the Tibetan mystic Shabkar described as, “this all penetrating intrinsic awareness that has no center or circumference, no inside or outside, and knows no blocks or barriers.” Then the inevitable chaos of life can be seen as part of something much much bigger.

YA: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in your life?

TL: The importance of following your innermost calling, that which has been inside you since you were seven or eight; involved in this is trust, fortitude, and some blind determination. Also a tremendous amount of work and practice goes into seeing the fruition of your innermost calling, your true dharma.

YA: What truth do you know for sure?

TL: That all experience, all things, all bodies, are impermanent and that nothing anywhere or at any time is fixed.

Tias approach to the practice is inter-disciplinary, passionate, intelligent, innovative and full of insight. He synthesizes years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage, and trauma healing. Tias earned a Masters degree in Eastern Philosophy from St. John’s College Santa Fe in 1998. He lives in Santa Fe New Mexico where he directs his school Prajna Yoga with his wife Surya and is author of three books, The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop and The Yoga of the Subtle Body.


Hanuman Festival
June 12-15, 2014
Boulder, CO

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