Tony Sanchez, my teacher
I first heard about Tony Sanchez in the mid-1990s when I began my yoga practice. I started practicing in a stationary hatha class at a gym local to my parents’ home. Soon after, I moved out and got my 1st apartment in the city. I was looking to continue my yoga practice but wasn’t finding anything that resembled the hatha practice I had started. Then I ran across Tony Sanchez’s Yoga Challenge video series. At the time, I watched the videos and thought that I would never practice at that level. I guess that is what always happens when you are at the beginning of something and you peek at the end to see how it turns out! Many years later I found myself wanting more from my yoga practice and once again came back to Tony and his practice. As soon as I completed my Bikram training in the fall of 2012, I redirected my studies to focus on the broader world of Ghosh yoga with Tony Sanchez. I started my practice with Tony’s four yoga challenge videos and the home study requirements of his teacher training program. I completed my training with Tony in Cabo in May of 2015 and again in December of 2015. I am his 12th student to complete the full teacher training program with the Yogic Physical Culture Academy. It is my goal to remain a perpetual student of Tony, revisiting my studies on a continual basis. My studies with Tony Sanchez are the basis of all of the yoga classes taught at Equanimity Hatha Yoga. -jane clark
“Tony Sanchez trained with Bikram Choudhury from 1976 until 1980, when he was certified by Ghosh’s College of Physical Education. He was director of Bikram’s San Francisco Yoga College of India from 1980 to 1984.
In 1985, Tony founded the United States Yoga Association and the San Francisco Yoga Studio.
He created the Yoga Challenge system of four progressive series, enabling practitioners of all levels to reap the health and fitness benefits of the 84 asanas of the Ghosh lineage.
Tony holds the 1994 (Argentina) and 1996 (Brazil) World Cup Yoga Sport title from the International Yoga Federation, based in India and Argentina. He participated to support their efforts to qualify hatha yoga as an Olympic exhibition sport. He was also hoping to motivate more men to practice.
In 1996 Tony and Sandy Wong-Sanchez developed the Yoga Science Box, a multi-disciplined curriculum program for the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). The curriculum includes “Desk Potato Yoga” and “Yogasthma: Seven steps to asthma control”.
From 1996 to 2004, Tony trained elementary grade classroom teachers, and middle and high school physical education teachers in the public and private sectors in San Francisco, Los Angeles and beyond. With volunteers from the US Yoga Association he established after-school programs in schools throughout the San Francisco.
In 2005 Tony went on sabbatical in Baja California Sur, Mexico. He has taught at One & Only Palmilla and Esperanza in Los Cabos before launching the Yogic Physical Culture Academy. Tony and the academy are registered with the national sports institute of Mexico.”