Boys Of Yoga

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Hometown:  KAUAI, HAWAII
Yoga practice style:  VINYASA FLOW, HATHA, YIN, YOGA TUNE UP®
Instagram:  @dbrownyoga


What’s your story?  In a nut shell: I grew up on Kauai (heaven on earth) surfing every day and living the surfer lifestyle. I then moved to California in my twenties. After a few years the stars aligned and I packed my bags and started traveling the world and surfing professionally. As fate had it, I met my wife, Nova, in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne quickly became home. Winters were cold so I soon needed a new sport other than surfing to keep me active. A Hawaiian friend introduced me to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – needless to say, I was instantly hooked! My love for yoga came a few years later – my body was sore from BJJ and my wife convinced me to go to a class with her. She was right, I loved it and felt it complimented my surfing and grappling. My wife and I opened our own yoga studio in Melbourne in 2015 and I am now expressing my passions through teaching Jiu Jitsu and yoga every single day. Life’s good.

What advice would you give to someone stepping onto the mat for the first time?  Yoga is a journey of the self, through the self, to the self. There is no competition with others. You don’t need to be anything but you. The goal of yoga isn’t to control your thoughts, it’s to stop letting them control you.Tell us about a time your yoga practice came into play off the mat?  Every day – and especially on the Jiu Jitsu mat! Yogic breathing has significantly helped my performance in brazilian jiu jitsu; I have more control of my breath to think more clearly and execute moves effortlessly sharpening my awareness in my focus.

What challenges or issues have you experienced being a guy who teaches/practices yoga?  Not many, in fact I feel it’s quite the opposite. I love that I bring a strong male energy to a female-dominant industry. Our yoga community has embraced me as a teacher and studio owner. Now more than ever men are realising that yoga has so many life changing benefits and I am thankful I embody this.

What did you want to be growing up?  I dreamed of being a pro surfer who travelled the world.How would you describe yourself?  I am passionate, loyal, dedicated, respectful and humble.

How would others describe you?  I would hope in the same way!

How would your mother describe you?  A good son, gentle, strong and obsessed with my passions.

What do you most value in others? Why?  I value an open heart and an open mind.  I love honestly, humility & strength of the body, mind and spirit are values I try to embody myself, so I really admire them in others.

When did you last cry? What was it over?  I just returned from leading a retreat in New Zealand (Aro Ha) and after teaching a yoga practice I looked out the window to see possibly the most beautiful landscape with a perfect rainbow. It was a beautiful moment and I was so overwhelmed with gratitude that I may have shed a tear of happiness.

Want more of Dustin? Don’t we all… Read the rest HERE.

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