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Hawah Kasat

Hawah Kasat

Hawah Kasat

Hawah Kasat

Hawah Kasat

Hawah Kasat

 

Hawah Kasat

Hawah Kasat

Hawah Kasat

HawaH is an yoga instructor, artist, author, educator, and non-profit leader. He tours internationally facilitating interactive workshops, retreats, performing poetry, and teaching yoga. Hawah has been teaching yoga for 17 years and has studied in various traditions including Sivananda, Iyengar, Jivamukti, and Ashtanga. In addition to his teaching, Hawah has authored 4 books, produced 3 documentary films and 2 musical CDs; he is the creator/ editor of “The Poetry of Yoga” book anthology and producer of the award-winning documentary "Fly By Light." In the year 2000, he co-founded the non-profit One Common Unity, an organization that supports a movement for peace education and the building of a non-violent culture through music and art. Today he continues to serve as their Executive Director.

Hawah has been regularly featured as a speaker, performer and workshop presenter for People to People International, the Congressional Youth Leadership Council and the Children's Defense Fund's Freedom Schools.  He has made appearances on XM National Satellite Radio, BBC, Fox News, CNN, Al Jazerra, and the Pacifica Radio Network.  He has also been a guest speaker at Yale University, George Washington University, U.C.L.A., University of Colorado, Rollins College, University of Maryland, Georgetown University, and Brown University. 

In his spare time he enjoys: finding new foods to mix with chocolate, climbing trees and buildings, doing handstands on furniture, hiking through mountains with flip flops, body surfing ocean waves, making animal sounds and bird calls, enjoying a glass of wine at high altitude, lighting candles in dark rooms and traveling.

You can view more about Hawah here. 

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Number of years teaching

17+ years

Style

Creative, Inspirational, Dynamic, Intuitive, Fierce & Mystical.

Inspiration

Earth, Wind, Water, Fire, Mountains, Big Sky, Animals, Sunsets, Sunrises, Early morning & Late Nights

 

FAQ

What inspired you to teach yoga?

What inspired the mountains to rise? What inspired the sky to be blue? What inspired the ocean to have waves? What inspired the wind to speak through the leaves of a tree?

Who are your most influential teachers?

My mother and father, my sister, my grandparents, Ms. Burke, Ms. Reed, Mr. Jones, Mr. Lansack, Tony DiCicco, Colman McCarthy, Swami Govindananji, and Master Liu Xiao Ling.

How would you describe your style?

My yoga classes are dynamic and shamanic; a journey integrating his knowledge of ancient yoga forms with parallel modalities found in other cultures & traditions. His vast work in the fields of non-violence (ahimsa), conflict resolution, mindfulness, mental health and emotional well-being, trauma-informed care, community organizing, and leadership development make his yoga teaching style more than just exercise and a physical work out, but an entire mind-body-spirit experience.
 

Why do you feel retreats are transformational?

When you can get away... when you can leave the routine of day to day life... then you can begin to see the patterns that no longer serve you. Retreat is an opportunity to reflect, rejuvenate, and refocus your life.

What is your favorite pose to teach?

Sukhasana (easy pose)... The easiest pose is often the hardest to teach... and sitting still for any extended period of time (Sthira Sukham Asanam) is one of the toughest things to do. Once we learn how to sit, then we can learn how to stand, then we can learn how to fly!
 

What is your favorite pose to practice?

This is like asking me what my favorite color is. My favorite color can change depending on the season and the day of the week. My favorite color can change depending on how I woke up one morning. In the same way my favorite pose to practice has and will continue to change week after week, year after year. If I could reframe this question a little bit, and I thought about if I have time for only one yoga asana a day, that would be Sirsasana (head stand). I find that head stand, out of all the postures provides me with the opportunity to be in a position (and therefore have a perspective) like none other I can otherwise have all day. To be upside down, to flip my view, to release the pressure on my spine, to have the chance to turn my toes into eyeballs… the headstand for me is the one pose that I always try and make time for during my day.

What are your favorite places to travel?

South America, Asia, Africa, Europe, North America... I still have to get to Antartica -- but one day that might also make it on my list!