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Teacher Spotlight: Dechen Thurman

September 29, 2009
Sweet, amazing Dechen.

Sweet, amazing Dechen.

Dechen taught the most beautiful class sunday afternoon at Jivamukti.  I felt completely transported.  It was as if the classroom had disappeared and we were suddenly taking class in some open-air tent on a mountaintop in the middle of a storm, somewhere far away.  He created such an intense and powerful atmosphere by playing music that had the sounds of a developing storm throughout the class.  He used a Tibetan singing bowl while we om-ed, creating a deep harmony of vibration that immediately brought the class together.  The class focused on the first 3 chakras; muladhara, swadhisthana, and manipura, and we sung the bija mantras for these chakras; lum, vam, and ram repetedly throughout the class.

Dechen’s classes are so informative it was like taking a refresher course on the chakras and on the power of harnessing your own breath to go deeper within yourself.  We did standing poses to ground ourselves and activate muladhara, forward bending for swadisthana, and twists for manipura.  It was truly a class no-one else could have taught.  Dechen is so knowledgable that he is able to pour what he knows over his students in a way that is unlike any other teacher.  His classes are consistently deep and transformative, and always very spiritual.  I am so lucky to have him as a teacher!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Matias Lombardito permalink
    October 15, 2009 1:50 pm

    Couldn’t agree more with ya Ms. Miller. Dechens classes are inspired, powerful, trippy, and effective.

  2. Anna permalink
    November 10, 2009 6:02 pm

    Dechen brings joy to his classes and students. I believe he really enjoys and loves teaching and practicing yoga. He is an inspiration to his students practicing all levels of yoga.

    • November 11, 2009 10:01 am

      Took Dechen last night, 6:45 at Jivamukti, OH MY GOD!!! Such an amazing class… he always encourages me to go deeper into my practice!

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