love physical exercise of all kinds, Yoga has
helped me to improve as an athlete as well as rehabilitate after
numerous injuries. This has given me first hand knowledge of human anatomy and
forced me to study the body in detail over the past 20 years teaching
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first began the practice of Yoga in Los Angeles at the age of 12
at Jean Pierre's Martial Arts Academy.
Yogi Jeanne Pierre was my
first glimpse of Yoga Asanas. Four years passed and I then started
doing Yoga in a gym when I met my first full time Yoga teacher named
Thomas Del Dio, a member of the Siddha Yoga tradition of Swami Muktananda.
I discovered a bliss which seemed to permeate every cell of my being.
My name is Steven Metz and "Earth" is a nick name that I have had for many years. It started as a hiking/climbing/Yoga nick name that stuck.
I studied with my Teacher about a year and a half before his death in 1994. I began teaching in 1993 at Yoga West and was also trained there through the teacher training
course. It was the beginning of my experience of sharing Yoga with the
world. I then continued study with many teachers. Guru Singh, Shiva Rea,
B.N.S. Iyengar in Mysore not BKS in Poona. Steve Ross, Pattabhi Jois,
Lisa Walford. Jamana Giri on Chamundi Hill Mysore South India (Pooja and
Mantra ) Shiva Cave temple.
I have been teaching and solely supporting myself through yoga in the
Asana tradition for the last 20 years.
I have been teaching an average
of about 12 one hour and a half classes per week.
Reasons to practice with Steven:
1. Steven is a seasoned teacher with over 18 years
of teaching under his belt
2. His teachings are based on Yoga postures with the
critical eye of medical science and he teaches actual M.D.'s the practice of
3. Real world knowledge. He has had injuries upon
injuries due to the fact that he is a real athlete. He rock climbs (multipitch
and toprope), surfs (kite, body and traditional), mountain bikes,
skis, snowboards etc... He has healed them all through Yoga. Who would you
rather work with? Someone who looks in a book and tells you how to heal your
injury based on words alone. Or someone who has been there and done it?
4. Some teachers have never even been to the roots
of these arts. Steven has traveled the world 3 times over looking for the
secrets of India and China, Thailand and of course America and Europe always
looking for ways to advance his personal development system. So now he can
share these secrets with you.
5. I guarantees his
teaching. If you are not completely satisfied that this is not
the best most advanced and complete style of Yoga you have ever done he will
give you your money back at the end of class.
All this said, I am also constantly studying Anatomy and the art of strengthening the
physical body. I am a very physical spiritual realist. I view asana as a
physiological form of meditation. I also meditate every morning and
practice Yoga postures.
I do see from time to time stories about Yogis teaching celibacy and
then breaking their vows and that is sad. Also some proclaim that they
can manifest miracles and walk through walls and I don’t believe
in that. I am not nor will I ever be a celibate monk I am a householder
at this stage of my life and I don’t intend to change that. I teach
the Asana tradition as it was handed down to me by my teachers western
and eastern. In the
teacher training my classes get more in depth to cover Sutras, and classical
texts such as the Gita and even the basics of Anatomy and the like.
As far as my religious path. I view Buddhism as a reformed early Hinduism.
I consider the teachings of the Buddha my main religion though I also
honor Judaism, Christianity and Sufism and believe that truth is found
in many paths. As my teacher has entrusted onto me the honor of teaching
classes I will do my best to share the bliss of Yoga.
Though Yoga has been mainly taught in the U.S. as a physical
art form I also try to keep the original intent clear when I teach. It
is a physical mental and spiritual journey.
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