Taylor Donovan - Board of Directors
“[Yoga] provided a perfect dovetail to the spiritual life I had been cultivating and a launch pad bridging the resonance between movement and positive becoming. I had been studying neurolinguistic programming and incorporating visualization with physical postures of power. I found myself taking mountain pose atop mountains, child's pose besides rivers, warrior pose upon outcroppings. Yoga really began to take flight and bring to life my interest in exploring how landscape can be a metaphor for consciousness and by dwelling mindfully one can become present and nourished.
Before becoming a chiropractor I worked in the "youth-at-risk" adolescent programs around Idaho and Montana teaching wilderness survival skills and therapeutic techniques while living outdoors. This 8-year career imparted a clear belief that the adolescent mind and body is malleable and can be sculpted tremendously if the right mentors and influences show up. So while these young humans are window-shopping for their identity it can be immensely beneficial to offer yoga and its associated philosophies to inspire better choices.
My number one pursuit is seeking inspiration through positive living and self-study. One of my meditation teachers taught me that "enlightened self-interest" is the best way to be of valuable service. When one is clear within the presence offered can be clear as well. Fortunately I have a profession that holds me to a high standard in the realm of movement, diet and positive thinking. The internal work is the area that requires the most empowerment and dedication. These days I am committed to daily movement through yoga, cycling, hiking or ultimate frisbee. I maintain a full-time chiropractic practice in Reno, NV incorporating adjustments, nutritional guidance and yoga therapy. I find that I am deeply fed by home life with my wife Jen and two stepsons along with our puppy.”
My Mantra: What I see in others I allow myself to have.
And the question: If everyone were to live today as I have would the world be a better place?