Eddie Stern Believes Yoga Can Transform Your Life
Eddie Stern has been teaching yoga asana in New York City since 1989. While in Mysore, India in 1990, a bookkeeper mentioned that a great yogic master was in town. Eddie got the address, showed up the next morning unannounced, and yoga in the West has never been the same.
Stern, who studied closely with his “Guruji” Sri Pattabhi Jois until Jois’ passing in 2009, has become an icon of Ashtanga Yoga in America. He has developed an international student base in the thousands that includes tastemakers like Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Alice + Olivia CEO Stacey Bendet.
Over the past 30 years, Eddie (and his wife Jocelyn) have built temple spaces, yoga studios, nonprofit organizations, print magazines, and iPhone apps that enable these practices to be experienced by aspirants everywhere. That offering now extends to Eddie’s latest book, One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life. This inspirational, educational easy-read succinctly delivers yogic history and philosophy, practical instruction, and introspective cues.
Eddie Stern Shares Key Tenets of Yoga in One Simple Thing
The tenets of One Simple Thing are backed by scientific data, three decades of practice, and innumerable hours in the field. One Simple Thing’s 11 chapters include investigations into “Who Am I?” as well as “Breath as Spirit,” and “Tips on Practice.” Eddie also shares detailed instruction on practices: breathing techniques, body scan, and loving-kindness meditations.
The book will become a standard-bearer for scholars, teacher trainees, and seekers alike. In an age of self-appointed experts jockeying for clicks and likes, it’s a relief to know there are still lineage-holders out there who are living by example and inviting us all to do the same.