Jimmy Nataraj

Yoga. Dance. Embodied Philosophy.

Jimmy Nataraj. Yoga. Dance. Embodied Philosophy.

"Cultivate grace alone, cultivate grace alone."
-Narada Bhakti Sutras

Teaching Philosophy

 

The practices of yoga help give us a proper frame of reference to view our lives. After all, the school of Yoga is one of six schools of philosophy to arise out of ancient India. The practices of yoga initially took a close look at the endless turnings of the mind and examined thought-patterns as a way to experience lasting contentment.

Where the body goes, the mind will follow. Jimmy's group classes are a rigorous, fluid vinyasa-based class that encouragestudents to use their yoga practice as a way to create space in their lives for unceasing grace.

Every experience can become an opportunity to grow in grace if viewed properly. When we are able to become more present, we start to tap into the limitless qualities of our being (described in yoga philosophy as a state of satchidananda, or Truth-Knowledge-Bliss) and this gives us something invaluable to share with the world around us.

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About Jimmy Nataraj Burgio

Jimmy began studying yoga in depth in 2001 while training as a dancer in Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia. His first introduction to yoga was through his grandmother who practiced yoga in the 60s and 70s and taught him how to meditate. Later on, as he continued his studies as a dancer, many of his teachers would use yoga as an integral part of their warm ups. As his practice grew and he took an interest in Eastern Philosophy, he felt compelled to share the joy yoga had brought him in his own life and sought out Lisa Asha Rapp at My Yoga Spirit in Norfolk and quickly enrolled in the school's teacher training program at the age of 15.

Jimmy's training background includes workshops with Sharon Gannon and David Life, Dharma Mittra, Krishna Das, Jules Febre, Manorma, Dana Flynn and Dhanurdhara Swami. He has also attended several workshops held at Satchidananda Ashram in Yogaville, Virginia.

Jimmy has lead retreats, workshops, kirtans, and has directed several teacher training programs in the New York City area, Virginia, and the Midwest. A devoted Jivamukti practitioner, Jimmy firmly believes in the purity of the original yogic philosophy and tries to stay true to that in both his classes and his everyday life. His love of teaching is evident in the enthusiastic manner in which he leads his classes.

He is a founding member of Five Tattvas, on online yoga philosophy resource dedicating to bringing the wisdom of yoga to life in the everyday.

Jimmy Burgio is an award-winning choreographer and the current Artistic Director of Mitra Dance Collective, a New York City based contemporary dance-theater company.  He has had two sold-out shows Off-Broadway (“Happenstance” and “8 Million Protagonists”). “8 Million Protagonists” was commissioned by the Village Voice and Leo Burnett New York and went on to win such prestigious awards as the Gold CLIO, Silver and Bronze Lions from Cannes, and Golden Pencils and Best in Show from the One Show. He was a featured soloist and collaborator alongside world-renowned performance artist Ryan McNamara in “MEEM: A Story Ballet About the Internet” which went on to win the Best Show Award in the Performa Festival.

His work in the show “Singin’ Dixie: A Country Jukebox Musical” by long-time collaborator Caitlin Gallo, went on to win Audience Favorite in Theater Now New York’s Sound Bites Festival.

He has developed choreography alongside Sidra Bell and Philip Deal and has self produced three dance films (“To Let It Go”, “Cloud 9”, and “Change”) in collaboration with Michael Gallo and Genesius Studios. “To Let It Go” featured a mural made specifically for the film by artist David Paul Kay.

His choreography and performance in the dance film “Tempo” by Carolina Vita has been screened in film festivals internationally.

He is a former faculty member of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting as a member of their movement faculty, and was a curator and artist in residence at Dixon Place in the Lower East Side of Manhattan

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