goodteacher of January – Casey


Casey deserves honor all the time of course, but January is especially dedicated to him and his teachings. If you take Casey’s classes, chances are you are a regular. If you have yet to join him in practice, make it happen! Casey guides lovely sequences that are equally mindful and energetic. He brings a sense of play and humor that is totally unique and pure pleasure. He’ll have you laughing, and what yoga is better than that?! Along with humor, Casey offers his in depth insight into the vastness and beauty of the practice of yoga. Casey, we are so happy that you are a part of goodyoga.

Casey was kind enough to playfully and mindfully answer our goodquestions:

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Enlightenment. That is to say perfect happiness is a transcendental quality. Ordinary happiness can be found in many aspects of life, so can perfect happiness or enlightenment. The real trick is uncovering the difference, which is more or less the path of yoga.

What is your greatest fear?
Death. I mean the loss of myself. Is that what death is? Does one lose one’s self when they die? Maybe I am not afraid of death itself, but simply the loss of myself. Can one lose one’s self without death? Do we truly posses a self which can be lost?

Which living person do you most admire?
My mom!

What is your greatest extravagance?
Living in NYC.

What is your current state of mind?
Transient.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
At this point I seem to be saying ‘good’ a lot. As a yoga teacher I use my voice a lot. For example, I use specific phrases while I cue class and sometimes these phrases get a little redundant. At times it’s difficult to hear myself as yoga a teacher. Lately I have been saying ‘good’. I am interested in what my students think. They have to listen to me as well. Please let me know which phrases you hear in my class…

When and where were you happiest?
Maybe at different points during my childhood. I grew up in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Many of my fondest memories take place in the mountains of Colorado. Happiness is a tricky word, a good one to contemplate! When I am most at ease and open, a great characteristic of happiness, is when I am present.

Where would you most like to live?
I have always wanted to live near the ocean where it’s always warm. A place where I can learn to surf and wear board shorts and sandals every day.

What is your most treasured possession?
My mind!

What is your motto?
Compassion first!

What is your favorite aspect of the practice of yoga?
Meditation and contemplation. I have learned a great deal about myself and how I relate with the world and others through the practice of meditation and contemplation. I continue to grow and learn from these practices. My favorite part might be sharing my practice with others.

What is your favorite aspect of teaching yoga?
I owe a great deal of gratitude towards my students. They are great teachers, each and everyone of them. My favorite aspect of teaching yoga is the relationships I develop with my students and the growth that takes place through these relationships.

Who are your favorite writers?
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, and Swami Muktananda. The Indian sage Shantideva composed the classic text, ‘The Way of the Bodhisattva’. I have been drawn to this text time and time again in the past year.

What do you most value in your friends?
Forgiveness, compassion, and honesty.

What is your next adventure?
The next moment…