Benjamin Sears recovered from two herniated discs, five knee surgeries and the traumatic suicide of a loved one through consistent yoga practice. A perpetual student and thusly a deeply knowledgeable teacher, Sears is often featured in the media for his reflections on yoga in the modern world. In 2007, Sears founded LUXYOGA, a wellness and lifestyle experience in the South of France.
Sears has studied with the masters to earn multiple certifications across diverse systems. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA, staffed the Bikram Yoga College of India Teacher Training after receiving his certification, completed the Dharma Mittra Yoga 500 hour Training, two Forrest Yoga Advanced Trainings, and continues his studies with Abbie Galvin of Katonah yoga as well as in Ayurveda, anatomy, bodywork, and energy healing. Sears believes that to teach yoga is to extend physical empathy beyond one’s own body and now travels the world inspired to help people of all walks of life practice yoga in a healing way. His ability to connect the poses to your body and the practice to your life in a practical and poetic way empowers students to appreciate the present and develop an action plan to progress. He recognizes that the students do their own work and hopes to help them stay safe and enjoy the process.
Describe your teaching style in 5 words or less: "Direct, functional, humorous, nuanced, and empathic."
What is the most important lesson you learned in your first teacher training? "Lead by example."
I am happiest when... "I’m able to combine adult focus with childish joyfulness."
Favorite book on yoga: "It's actually a short essay by David Foster Wallace called 'On Water.' It was a commencement address he gave at a university, and isn't directly about yoga but is just a beautiful, modern interpretation of what it means to be an aware person."
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