Ian LeMasters first discovered the practice of Yoga in 2011 while seeking a physical routine to stay in shape for his field work as an Archaeologist in Latin America. The practice quickly grew to incorporate mental and spiritual connotations as well, and in 2013 he completed his 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training in Vinyasa Yoga under Tiffany Maloney in Beaumont, Texas. Being an avid lover of movement culture, Ian also completed an Acroyoga Teacher training under Daniel Scott in 2016, a.k.a. The Yoga of Trust, and offers a teaching style that emphasizes the power of human connection with a personal motto: "To show how healing the art of play can be when done through a space of mindful connection". Ian is currently living in Portland, OR, completing a 500 Hr teacher training in Ashtanga Vinyasa with Michele Loew, and teaching classes and workshops.
What do I do best?
I don’t believe that I’ll ever be the best at any one thing. If there was a skill that I could hope to always continue to develop and hone in, it would be my ability to share with my students the practices of Yoga and Acroyoga in such a way that they are inspired to consistently grow into the fullest version of themselves.
What makes me the best version of myself?
As long as I can remember, I’ve always had a strong fervor and zest for life. I love learning about and experiencing all that makes up our world. I hope to continue to become a better version of myself and do whatever I can to make the world a better place, giving my heart to the fullest degree along the way.
What are my aspirations?
As far as my career goes, I’ve always hoped to be a travelling teacher someday. Right now I’m learning and teaching as much as I can, honing my ability to share the practice with others. For the past few years I’ve been living and studying in Portland, OR, teaching on average 20 classes a week. As much as I enjoy teaching led classes, I’ve found what I really enjoy is teaching workshops and getting into the details of practice. Often people ask me if I feel burned out from such a busy teaching schedule, but honestly the more I teach the more I love what I do.
My Biggest Success?
Thinking it over I had a hard time answering this one. My biggest success to date has been moving across the country and being able to sustain being a full time yoga and acroyoga teacher. Before teaching in Portland, OR, I was living and teaching part time in southeast Texas. After visiting Portland for the Divine Play Acroyoga Festival, a close friend and I decided to move to Portland together to pursue a career as teachers. That was two years ago, and in that time I’ve found myself a part of many wonderful communities here in Portland. It’s been a lot of hard work, though I am humbled and grateful to be able to live the life style that I’ve found in the PNW.
My Most Challenging Moment?
My most challenging moment was making the decision to let go of my previous life, and step onto the path of becoming a full-time yoga teacher. Sometimes I’ll see people with a t-shirt that says something like, “Yoga ruined my life”, and I chuckle a bit. At the time I had been fully dedicated to becoming an archaeologist, and was faced with the decision of letting go of the career I had worked so hard for, the backlash from my family and friends and facing the reality of taking my life in a completely different direction that was filled with both uncertainty and the potential of failure. Since that moment, I’ve never looked back.
Breathe in Life, Breathe out Love, Be set Free.
My Favorite People/Role Models?
As far as Yoga teachers, Daniel Scott, Chris Loebsack, Jason Crandell, Kathryn Budig and Dice lida-Klein have had significant impacts on my yoga teaching career. When I think of great leaders and people whom helped make me who I am today, I look up to a man named Thomas Guderjan, who runs an Archaeological Research Program in Belize.
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
Belize & Guatemala
My Favorite Products/Objects?
Handstand canes that a friend of mine, Jon Swan, built back in Texas
My Current Passions?
At the risk of sounding redundant, pursing depth in knowledge of yoga and Acroyoga are my full passions. I just recently started a 500 Hr teacher Training in the lineage of Ashtanga Vinyasa with Michele Loew that I’m very excited about. In my physical practice, I enjoy finding more depth in handstands. Being upside down has always given me a unique sense of clarity and quite simply makes me happy. I enjoyfinding things that are difficult and practicing them until there is a familiarity in my body.