Meet Eddie Stern

"The mind is a field that holds thought; awareness is an unlimited potential that the mind rests upon." - Eddie Stern

Eddie Stern’s journey into the practice began in the late 80's when he was introduced to yoga, meditation and vegetarianism by a co-worker at Bleecker Bob’s records.

“At the time I was living a very unhealthy lifestyle,” he says in an interview in the New York Times' T magazine.

He learned how to stop the longing for things we actually all don't want (he quit smoking when he was 18 and was smoking 2 packs a day!) and dedicated his life to yoga. From his early 20's, Eddie studied Astanga Yoga, chanting, philosophy and rituals under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, who developed the popular vinyāsa style of yoga referred to as Ashtanga Yoga.

“Nowadays he teaches how yoga brings us embodied awareness."

Join Eddie Stern during the conference on October 7th and 8th in Amsterdam, for your (first) Astanga Yoga practice or listen to him while he shares his profound truth and wisdom.

 

​Read Eddie's full bio 

Eddie Stern is a yoga instructor raised in New York City. He studied Astanga Yoga, chanting, philosophy and ritual under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, of Mysore, from 1991-2009, and is the founder of the Broome Street Ganesha Temple in NYC and the Brooklyn Yoga School; co-publishes Namarupa, Categories of Indian Thought, a Hindu art and philosophy magazine; and runs the Urban Yogis project that brings yoga and meditation to young adults and youth in disadvantaged and at-risk-to-violence communities in NYC, with his collaborator, Deepak Chopra. He has published several books on Pattabhi Jois and Astanga Yoga, including a translation of Pattabhi Jois’s 1960 treatise, Yoga Mala. He continues to study with Pattabhi Jois’s grandson and successor, R. Sharath Jois.

To find out more about Eddie please check brooklynyogaclub.com.

Yoga made a whole new realm assessable to me. Now, when I am performing, I have a sense of genuine communion. A different relationship with time, I feel I have become very much in the moment. I feel more relaxed, more centred."

~ Russel Brand

Eddie contributes to this world not only on conferences or at his own yoga studio in Brooklyn, he also brought yoga to the public-school children of New York City and to prisoners. His generosity, openness en joyfulness is highly felt when you're in his presence.

~ His teacher Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois

A personal conversation on yoga

They met before Moby sold more than 15 million albums and before Eddie began studying with his teacher, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and opened his own school, Ashtanga Yoga New York, which draws packs of devotees each day at dawn - amongst Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Deepak Chopra, Russell Brand and Moby. 

Dealing with bad habits

We might resist giving into our habits by will-power. But the subtle longing that underlies those habits is much harder to deal with. Deep patterns such as longing itself seem to go beyond the rational mind - and beyond our will-power. Eddie Stern explains how meditation can affect that level directly.

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