Craig Perkins, E-RYT 5000
In 1968 Craig trained under Yogi Ananda Bhavanani (a follower of Swami Sivananda) in Vancouver, Canada, and became a certified Sivananda-style yoga instructor. At this same time, he began his 30-year meditation study with both Sant Kirpal Singh, and later with his successor Sant Darshan Singh, he also studied, and became initiated in, Tibetan Buddhism, and furthered his Hatha Yoga studies with Yogi Shaym Acharia.
After several years of teaching classes in Vancouver, B.C. Canada, Craig began teaching for Coquitlam Adult Education, by then he was also running his own yoga school, The Yoga Center.
In 1972 Craig started a "live-in" yoga school in Miami, Florida, and two years later he moved to Sawan Kirpal Meditation Center in Virginia, where he lived for 20 years with his wife, and two sons. He also lived with his family at a Sivananda Yoga Center in Washington, D.C. for one year in 1980.
Craig has made five trips to India, studying meditation at Sawan Ashram, Delhi, and Deradhun. For 5 years he was studying Chinese yoga, T’ai Chi and Qi gong with a master/student of Robert Smith, and he also taught yoga at a yoga retreat in Baja, Mexico for 12 years.
He has studied Sivananda, Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Yoga Flow style. He has also compiled the booklet, "An Introduction to Yoga Life", based on 30 years of yoga experience. Craig also has written the book "Yandara, Teaching Yoga from the Intuitive Heart". (Available soon)
Craig is the director of Yandara Yoga Institute.
The best way I can remember Craig is as a mad scientist of the Self. As a teacher, I found Craig's uninhibited, almost childlike, honesty provided a special mirror for his students, one which prompted us to all turn our gaze deeply inward, without judgement. Craig's zany mix of humor and his ability to share deeply from his core fosters a beautiful and welcome space for students to embrace their own shadows and move towards more lightness in life. Thank you, Craig! And thank you, Yandara! - Mollie B. Warren, 2017