Peter Crowley teaches what he practices. In his weekly group classes, Peter asks his students to turn their attention inward while feeling specific movement to promote more physical and mental comfort. He offers sequences embodying years of anatomical study bolstered by insights and anecdotes from his own practice spanning the last dozen years. By introducing methods for better breathing and an attentive approach to feeling, Peter encourages inquiry into aspects of a meditative practice that goes so much deeper than choreography or shape making. His class nurtures introspection and self-discovery in a non-competitive environment.
Peter found yoga in spring 2002, though he now believes that his practice began long before he ever stepped barefoot into an asana class. Through the advice of a dear friend, he started attending regular classes to address back pain and a heavy heart. Yoga guided him to rehabilitate the physical and soften his subtle body.
Peter first taught a yoga class in 2003 while living in San Francisco. Five years later, having completed two 200-hour trainings as a regular student of Ashtanga Vinyasa and Forrest Yoga, Peter left his job in architecture and began teaching full-time.
He has been studying asana alignment, pranayama, and philosophy under the guidance of master teacher Barbara Benagh since 2010 and completed her 500-hour Art of Teaching course in July 2014. Beginning in summer 2015, Peter began to apprentice with yogi and chiropractor Tom Alden. Participating in Tom's individualized 1000-hour yoga training course, Peter is advancing his studentship to be a more effective teacher. Today, his teaching style fuses his previous pursuits with the authenticity and deliberate placement found in Barbara's Slow Flow and the expert life skills culled from his mentorship with Tom.
Grateful for the authenticity and discipline of his mentor, Peter encourages exploration, practices humility, and teaches authentically. He believes that while our yoga practice is sacred and solemn, we must not lose sight of humor and humility.