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Name:  John Salisbury

Hometown:  Phoenix, AZ

Current town:  Scottsdale, AZ

What it means to you to “be present”:  Being present is probably the most difficult thing to do in the world.  Just try being present for one-minute and you will probably find yourself back in your head following the next thing that comes to mind.  It is no wonder that people seek excitement and a sense of feeling alive in so many different ways from extreme sports and challenging activities, to addictive substances and pleasurable

Favorite items from be present:  I LIVE in the Practice Short, whether its while teaching my classes or for my own personal practice, these shorts are light, comfortable, and breath easy.  I also dig the Baha Short, which are just cool to lie around the house in or wear out on a nice summer day.


Get to know John Salisbury...

Brief Bio: 

John lives in Scottsdale, Arizona where he has been practicing yoga since 1995 and teaching since 2000. Having traveled to study Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in India and having enjoyed the culture of our generation, he has a refreshing outlook between old-world tradition and new-world inspiration. John has traveled all over Arizona and the U.S. to share his spirit for yoga. His classes focus on deepening the student’s attention physically, inspiring with dynamic verbal cueing, while staying rooted to the breath and enjoying the experience as it unfolds. John is a master vinyasa teacher and teaches with undeniable technique, clear language, and warm laughter.  His current yoga residence is in Scottsdale with the Life Power Yoga studios. Some of John’s most influential teachers include Dave Oliver (his step-father), Tim Miller, David Swenson, Lino Miele, Darren Rhodes, Dharma Mittra, and Maty Ezraty. He is E-RYT 500 and has a B.A. in Theatre from ASU.


How John got into yoga: 

My step-father had an Ashtanga Vinyasa practice for about 7 years before I finally asked him about yoga.  I was 22 years old, had dropped out of school, and had no real direction in my life.  I was handed Paramahansa Yogananda's book "Autobiography of a Yogi".  I was completely enthralled by it and my yoga journey began.


Who/what inspires you?

I used to be inspired by a bombardment of positive quotes and books that I would smother myself with when I was younger.  Then I was simply inspired by my step-father and the yogi-practioners around me, not to mention all the phenomenal teachers I have been exposed to over the years like Tim Miller, Maty Ezraty, David Swenson, and Dharma Mittra, just to name a few.  But, like many teachers, who inspires me the most now are my own students, especially the ones who I know are challenged by their bodies and yet they show up day in and day out, grinding out another practice, facing their bodies and breathing through it. 


More about John...

I said my step-father was my first yoga teacher, but my biological father, besides being a financial advisor by occupation, was a pastor for many years and is still a very devout Christian. Both of my two dads have been very influential on me and my belief system.  I have had to think pretty deeply about spirituality and have had to wrestle my way to a peaceful state.


Fun Facts

Hobbies other than yoga: DJ-ing.  Before yoga I was heavily involved in raving, electronic music, and break-dancing, which eventually, naturally, had me extend into becoming a DJ.  I never really thought about it, but yoga people joke that today's modern yoga teacher also needs to be a DJ.  It has worked out well.

Favorite Food:  Can I say pizza and not be judged?  I will never get over it!

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Thailand.  Too many beautiful waters and beaches.

Favorite Music:  Deep House.  Its soulful and rich.

Favorite Book:  So many, but the Power of Now is right up there.