Ed Levinson first explored yoga in 2005 as a way to complement his passion for competitive cycling. The practice changed his life in ways he never imagined.
“My initial attraction to the practice of yoga was to stretch out and loosen up the tightness my body had acquired from 20 years of cycling. Within my first year of practice, I noticed that my body was beginning to transform. I started to become more supple and comfortable both on and off the bike,” he said.
Yoga catapulted Ed’s athletic abilities to new levels, but he also discovered he was more focused at work, his sleep quality improved, his productivity increased and in general, his state of mind was calmer.
“I was more neutral and calm amidst the inevitable ups and downs that life brings. My daily personal dramas were starting to fade and I became increasingly aware of the present moments,” he said.
To his delight, he discovered that underneath the many layers of dramas, and stories about the past and clinging to future possibilities, there was a source of contentment that was coming from within.
“Yoga has allowed me the space to slow down and begin to shed the things in my life that were in my way and no longer serving me,” he said.
Ed decided to share the benefits he experienced with others with yoga training at Yoga Works in Larkspur. He now teaches yoga classes for all levels. He loves to work with beginners while challenging those with more advanced practices. By combining disciplines from Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Baptiste Power, Ed’s classes range from gentle flowing poses that restore, renew, reset and de-stress to more vigorous and heat-building styles that build core strength and flexibility. He emphasizes linking breath to movement in order to enrich the postures and gain the maximum benefit.
“My mission now is to hold space for students to explore the transformational powers of yoga, integrating a sense of balance and calm that imparts strength and confidence,” he said.
Come join Ed on the mat at Red Dragon Yoga!