Looking for a sweaty, challenging class? Have we got an instructor for you! Today we’re learning a little more about the legendary Tamal Dodge, our fearless, inspiring teacher on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm in Manhattan Beach.
Where did you grow up? I was born in Hawaii on the island of Oahu.
What are your hobbies? Besides yoga, I’m a purple belt in Brazilian jui jitsu and train 4-5 five times a week grappling. That’s why sometimes when I come to teach at The Green Yogi I’m covered in bruises and have the occasional black eye, hahaha. I also love to surf! It’s something I’ve done throughout my childhood and I love it. Nothing is more balancing and healing than being submerged in water. The ocean is my second home.
How did you get started with yoga? My family owned a yoga ashram. That’s why I have Sanskrit name. Some of my first memories are of my mother in a down dog and me practicing various poses like upavistha konasana and yoganidrasana. My family was very spiritual and we would meditate every day and have deep philosophical talks regarding the purpose of life. It was a magical time for me growing up in such a unique environment.
My father would always tell me if I didn’t share what I learned I was a thief.
To this day I try and share what I have to better people’s lives. Those words are guidelines for my teaching.
What inspires you? Anyone who is doing something selfless to better the world.
What are your classes like? What’s your teaching style? I teach a strong sweaty vinyasa flow class focused on alignment and infused with music. I end with a deep savasana accompanied by Sanskrit chanting and meditation. I like to think of my classes as east meets west. A perfect blend.
What’s your favorite quote?
“One who wants to do something will find a way. One who doesn’t will find an excuse”. Confucious