I’m sure this headline caught your eye, as it should. Mike Bennett has earned this evocative title, a few times over. So how does a mindfulness and alignment-based, Kripalu-trained, yoga teacher earn such a moniker? Read on…
Well, he’s male(only 28% of yoga teachers are according to Yoga Alliance, 2016), he’s African-American (under 2% of yoga teachers are of African-American descent according to DCist.com), and he serves the otherwise, under-served population.
Badass Unicorn. Boom.
Drawing inspiration from situations and challenges within himself and his students (ranging in age from 3-95), he finds transcendence and humility through his work. Specific issues like substance abuse,challenging familial situations, mental health, and general life transitions, have all informed Mike’s teaching journey. And it’s not through an asana practice where he finds his most effective tools, but rather through pranayama and meditation. He says: “It’s the space between the notes, where you find true transformation”, adding that he finds great privilege in experiencing outward differences with others, but discovers the oneness and connectivity with them through these practices.