Los Angeles Yoga Teacher Steven Earth Metz
I love physical exercise of all kinds! Yoga has helped me to improve my athletic performance as well as rehabilitate after numerous injuries. Teaching yoga over the past 20 years has given me first-hand knowledge of the human anatomy and has forced me to study the body in detail.
I first began the practice of yoga in Los Angeles at the age of 12 at Jean Pierre's Martial Arts Academy. Yogi Jeanne Pierre was my first glimpse of Yoga Asanas. Four years passed when I finally started doing yoga in a gym. I met my first full-time yoga teacher named Thomas Del Dio, a member of the Siddha Yoga tradition of Swami Muktananda. I discovered a level of bliss, which seemed to permeate every cell of my being.
My name is Steven Metz and "Earth" is a nickname that I have had for many years. It started as a yoga nickname that just, well, stuck.
I began teaching in 1993 at Yoga West and was also trained there through the teacher training course. It was the beginning of my experience of sharing yoga with the world. I then continued study with many teachers - Guru Singh, Shiva Rea, B.N.S. Iyengar in Mysore, Steve Ross, Pattabhi Jois, Lisa Walford. Jamana Giri on Chamundi Hill and Mysore South India (Pooja and Mantra ) at the Shiva Cave temple.
I have been teaching and solely supporting myself through yoga in the Asana tradition for the last 20 years. I love to teach and still enjoy teaching public as well as private classes every week.
Reasons to practice with Steven:
- Steven is a seasoned teacher with over 18 years of teaching under his belt.
- His teachings are based on yoga postures with the critical eye of medical science. He teaches several health care practitioners the practice of yoga.
- Real world knowledge. He has had injuries upon injuries due to the fact that he is a real athlete. He rock climbs (multipitch and toprope), surfs (kite, body and traditional), mountain bikes, skis, and snowboards. He has healed injuries through the practice of yoga. He knows what works, what doesn't and has the added insight of having been there.
- Some teachers have never even traveled to the origins of these arts. Steven has traveled the world looking for the secrets of India and China, Thailand and, of course, America. He searches for ways to advance his personal development so he can then share these secrets with you.
All this being said, I am also constantly studying anatomy and the art of strengthening the physical body. I am a very physical spiritual realist. I view Asana as a physiological form of meditation. I also meditate every morning and practice yoga postures.
I do see, from time to time, stories about yogis teaching celibacy and then breaking their vows. Also, some proclaim that they can manifest miracles and walk through walls. I don’t believe in that. I am, not nor will I ever be, a celibate monk. I am a householder at this stage of my life and I don’t intend to change that. I teach the Asana tradition as it was handed to me by my teachers. In the teacher training, my classes get more in depth to cover Sutras and classical texts such as the Gita and even the basics of anatomy and the like.
As far as my religious path, I view Buddhism as a reformed, early Hinduism. I consider the teachings of the Buddha my main religion though I also honor Judaism, Christianity and Sufism and believe that truth is found in many forms. As my teacher has entrusted onto me the honor of teaching classes, I will do my best to share the bliss of yoga.
Though yoga has been mainly taught in the U.S. as a physical art form, I also try to keep the original intent clear when I teach. It is a physical, mental and spiritual journey.