We are showing mad gratitude to Daniel Khan as Volunteer of the Month for December. Although Daniel has only been a part of our community for a few months, he has already made a major impact. Daniel’s practice is strong in so many ways. He shows up to practice almost everyday of the week, sometimes two classes a day, and is willing to try any class. When he’s not in class he can be found generously giving his time. He was an integral part in making Karma Cafe a reality. Daniel did everything from building cabinets to donating tools and equipment. We could not be more appreciative that Daniel found his way into our community! Thanks for all that you do friend!
What was the experience with yoga that got you hooked? It’s hard to pinpoint, but it’s been in and out of my life for years. I’ve always held the words of saints and sages in high esteem, so I guess I’ve always known that it was one way to find my center.
What inspires you to continue yoga? My desire for new depths and health.
What is your favorite pose? I usually just smile and throw up a little peace sign. The pose of my people.
What is your most challenging pose? I’ve been wanting to do a handstand for years.. I think I’m close!
What is your favorite time/place to practice? Am I breathing? Always and everywhere.
How has yoga changed your life? Recently coming into a frequent and consistent practice has benefits that I didn’t know it would have. Mindfulness is easier to maintain, therefore I can choose more of my reality rather than feeling like a slave to my whims.
Do you have a favorite yoga book or video? I’ve started autobiography of a yogi quite a few times, can never seem to focus and get all the way through it.. maybe it would be different now. The only video I’ve watched consistently is a Youtube video I found at least 5 or 6 years ago. It’s titled 10-15 minute morning stretch routine by Matthew Rosenburg. It’s short, sweet and to the point, in it Matthew teaches thing like yogic breathing and binds which I think help one to understand Yoga.
What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself? Different every day.
Is there a recurring theme that runs through your yoga practice? Breathe and try and be kind to myself while still challenging myself.
If you could just share one practice that has helped you the most, what would it be? It’s really just about the breath. I sometimes wish teachers would use more caution in appealing to the need for achievement. Only inviting others to find their own intuition. That’s the real achievement in my opinion. It doesn’t matter if your pose looks like the teachers, the technique should be followed with breath and over days, weeks, and months, the ease with which we sink deeper and grow stronger is evident in our ability to maintain the oceanic breath in our postures, not in a shape.
What is your current or all-time favorite song or artist for a yoga playlist? Trevor Hall is my favorite musician in general, but Pandora helps me to minimize the amount of decisions I have to make :]
What is your mantra? Love All, Serve All, Create no sorrow
Do you have a passion other than yoga you’d like to share about? I’m pretty passionate about participating in life.
How did you find Asheville Community Yoga? Google!
Do you have a spirit animal? If so, what is it? Not just one, but quite a few speak to me. The Wolf, Horse, Hawk, Fox, Hummingbird, Felines, and Your Dog.
What is a great class or workshop that you’ve been to recently? Yoga Nidra. I don’t know much Sanskrit, but Nidra must mean nap. It’s the best class I’ve been to in a while, I forget to let myself rest sometimes.
What’s your most embarrassing moment in a yoga class? I know I’ve probably had some but I honestly can’t remember.. but if you haven’t farted in a yoga class, are you truly even letting go?
Thank you for your honest, open, and wise answers, and for being a part of this community. If you haven’t met Daniel around the studio, please introduce yourself and say hello!