Steve Parker

Steve Parker

I am a back country snowboard guide, wildlife worker, medicinal herbalist, occasional restorative yoga teacher and PhD student. I embrace the notion that yoga is union, union with all life! Yoga is surfing on sunset, yoga is snowboarding deep powder, yoga is wildcrafting your own medicine, yoga is deep ecology, yoga is a one pointed mind, yoga is stillness, yoga is movement. My PhD research explores New Zealand men’s experiences with yoga. I have had a fascination with yoga since the mid 1990’s, after attending a gold coin donation yoga class in Collingwood in Golden Bay. The teacher with his long dreadlocks and beard flowed through a series of poses with an ease and grace that inspired! My partner and I have been ‘doing’ yoga, traveling to ‘do’ yoga for over twenty years now, India, Bali, the US, Canada… The West Coast of the South Island! I am fascinated by the different ways yoga is embodied and performed, the fluid nature of modern yoga, the meaningful ways yoga contributes to peoples lives.