Namast-haaayyyy to our newest Writer of the Week Andrew Hoffman!
We love Andrew for being a young, badass yoga instructor who has made his mark through his passion for bridging the gap between athletics and yoga for people of all ages; not to mention inspiring and uplifting his community both on and off the mat.What else? He’s taking his dedication to teaching yoga from the affluent area of Bergen County, NJ to the monkey-filled jungles of Matapalo, Puntarenas, Costa Rica at Encanta la Vida Rainforest Adventure Lodge. Pura Vidaaa!
Shouting out to all the yogi dudes! Full disclosure: this one’s our fave;)
So, yoga instructor, athlete, entrepreneur of all things zen…Andrew, what is your everyday inspiration?
My every day inspiration or driving force would be time. To me, time is the most precious, yet undervalued thing is this world. We take a lot of things for granted, especially here in the United States and in Bergen County, NJ, but one thing the majority takes for granted is time. Simply because we never know when it is going to run out. I would say that yoga has brought me to realize this. Knowing that time will eventually run out shouldn’t instill fear in us, rather motivate and inspire us to accomplish the things we want to get done in life. I have a lot of things I want to do, prioritizing them is difficult, yet necessary. Use your time wisely.
Tell us your three favorite poses?
My 3 favorite yoga poses… hmmmm #1 goes to pigeon pose since is requires a surrendering of the body as well as mind to truly get deep into it. #2 would be bakasa (crow) pose because it can be challenging. One day I can have a kick-ass crow pose and do a lot of different variations out of it, yet the next day I can have difficulty simply getting into it. #3 would be savasana because it is the most challenging pose. The most important pose and it teaches us everything that I said in my answer to the first question. Savasa, also known as the pose of death (corpse pose), teaches us that we will all eventually pass, we are all temporary.
Best yoga class you’ve ever taught/taken? What was it about them that made them so great?
My favorite class I have ever taught was a fundraiser class that I co-taught with Kim Crotty. It was for victims of Hurricane Sandyand held at One Love Hot Yoga in Ridgewood, NJ. There was amazing energy in the studio and teaching with Kim is one of my favorite things to do.
My favorite class I have ever taken is one at Pure Yoga West in NYC. KayKay Clivio is my first teacher. Something about her teaching style inspires me and I learn a lot taking her classes.
Biggest life lesson you’ve ever learned?
The biggest lesson I have learned in life is to trust yourself. Let the road take you where it wants to take you. We just have to follow it and trust it.
Finally, what is your favorite sight/smell/touch/taste/sound?
Sight: people watching in NYC
Smell: food… too many to name
Touch: the ocean
Taste: dark chocolate