Check out Will's latest interview over at Tuja Wellness! He chats about his daily routine, creativity, and yoga!
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Will is happy to be on primetime TV for the first time, reality TV Show "Why Did You Come To Japan?" airs nationally in Japan Monday nights!!
Will is back in Japan this March for a full tour, both music and yoga! Please check out the following links for tickets and info:
Will has teamed up with Tuja Wellness as part of their 30-Day Meditation Challenge! Check out his meditation here: http://shar.es/1oGP1h
Will has added a second show and class in Yokohama, Japan on September 14 at the Pacifico Yokohama! General public ticket onsales have begun at http://www.yogafest.jp/2014/w/?p=13631
Sunday is Yoga Night at BC Place as fans will have the opportunity to take part in a post-match session with local guru Will Blunderfield. To register or to book a group of 10 or more, please contact Steve Williams at email@example.com or 604-484-7871. Ahead of Sunday's session, we chatted with Will about his philosophy on the benefits of yoga.
Q: How long have you been teaching yoga at Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Club?
“I have been teaching for them for about two years now, and I have been teaching yoga in Vancouver since 2008.”
Q: The ‘Caps are hosting defending MLS Cup champions Sporting Kansas City. Who would the “champions” of yoga be?
“I like Baron Baptist, he is pretty cool! He is a yoga teacher who I am really inspired by, he is from San Francisco. I watched a lot of his DVD’s and stuff and he sort of inspired me to become a yoga teacher, he has his own style and he doesn’t apologize for who he is, I really like teachers like that who share what they love and they are not too concerned to try to fit into a mold.”
Q: What are some good yoga exercises for soccer players?
“I think meditation in general would be very beneficial. While meditating you process your thoughts better and you are more focused on your tension, your breath and staying on your vortex, which is your centre. So, I would say gentle routines that focus on your breath, to sort of let your breath lead the movements rather than trying to force the movement and that can bring you to this sort of more chilled kind of state.”
Q: What are the general benefits of yoga? Does yoga help prevent injury?
“Yoga includes stretching, so this helps soccer players to become less susceptible to different kinds of injuries, like a sprained ankle or foot. Yoga works your weak spots. If you are working all these different poses and trying all these new movements, you are working your body to all these different positions that it has probably never been in before so it’s just going to enhance your overall physicality in ways that you never thought possible, like little muscles will start to pop out in places where you have never realized you even had them.”
Q: Could yoga conceivably help you become a better soccer player?
“For sure, I get a lot of soccer players in my classes, especially in my hot classes, they find that the heat is almost like a cardio exercise, cause you are sweating in like 40 degrees heat and your body has to learn how to acclimate to that so you get this amazing cardio workout for the whole hour to 75 minutes depending on the length of my class, but it’s definitely useful for cardio. Soccer players need the cardio exercise to perform better.”
Q: What are you most looking forward to from this Sunday’s yoga session at BC Place?
“I am just looking forward to rock it out with all these yogis, I just think my classes are always like a celebration of life in a way and a celebration of diversity; whether you are soccer player, or a lawyer, or whether you are black, or white, gay or straight, we can all just let our guard down and work out together and feel good together.”
Q: What’s the best way for interested fans to get involved in yoga?
“I would say, go to my website willblunderfield.com and I got my full schedule there and I teach everything from hot yoga to this new style of yoga I created myself, which is basically yoga and indoor cycling. I teach that at Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Club actually, at its yoga location and it is basically just like a conscious cardio workout, which instead of like competing in a spinning class, it is more about turning inwards and focusing on your breath more like yoga medication.”
Q: How has yoga changed your life?
“I think it has made me more compassionate towards myself and my feelings. They say that you cannot get away with what you don’t cultivate for yourself so it sort of helped me cultivate more of a base of self-love that I can extend to other people. I am a working progress, even accepting that I am a working progress it’s a huge thing, just sort of learning to be ok where I am and love where I am and who I am. Yoga helps me to be more loving in general.”
Q: You have supported children and adults who have faced difficult times in their lives, whether physically or emotionally, how has yoga changed their lives?
“I taught them the fact that we are all the same. I volunteered at the Dr. Peter Centre last year and taught yoga to the people there and I have taught yoga to the blind, I taught yoga to many different groups of people and it goes back to the fact that we are all the same and no matter what your ability level is or what labels you have, we are all the same, we all just want to feel good, we all just want to love. It made me realize that within our diversity we actually are all one.”
Come join Will and a host of other great teachers to experience one of Vancouver's best outdoor yoga events at Jack Poole Plaza on Saturday, August 16, 2014
Jack Poole Plaza (Olympic Cauldron)
The date is set: Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver. This is going to be an ‘Academy Awards’ sort of evening, complete with red carpet welcome and televised performances. Will is thrilled to be hosting this very special event!
Because everyone deserves a home and to be fed. Please join Will at the Railway club for a burger, beer and live music. A great time is promised to be had by all, it will be a wonderful evening to connect to people and support an outstanding cause providing food to 147 people living at the Margeurite Ford Apartment Complex. Let's make a difference in our community and have fun doing it:) Ticket Cost is $25.00 Which includes a burger, beer and live Music:) Funds raised will be going towards Rain City Housing's Scotiabank Half Marathon Team:)
Join the Whitecaps and Will Blunderfield for an exclusive yoga session at BC Place Stadium on Sunday, August 10th.
Will is thrilled to teach and perform with his favourite team! Hope to see you there!!
Will is a proud Ambassador for Vega, Canada's leading plant-based nutritional line. “As a musician who also teaches yoga and spin full time, I need to pay special attention to my nutrition without spending a lot of time in preparation. Vega products offers me a quick, pre- or post-class option that not only tastes great but is also packed with the vitamins and nutrients that I need every day. While traveling across the world, I know Vega One will help provide me with the fuel I need to shine!” Check out Vega below!
See Will live in Vancouver! Show begins at 10pm. All proceeds to charity. Tix $21 at the door. www.therailwayclub.com
March 28-30th! For information in English, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
HEEKI PARK & WILL BLUNDERFIELD
１６：３０～１８：００ Power YOGA (WILL)
２０：００～２１：３０ Yin YOGA (HEEKI)
７：３０～８：３０ Hatha YOGA（WILL)
８：３０～９：３０ 朝食 （ホテルにて）
１４：００～１６：００ Jivamukti YOGA (HEEKI)
１６：００～１８：００ FREE TIME＆夕食
１８：００～２０：００ Power YOGA(WILL)
２０：００～２１：３０ ヤントラ瞑想 (HEEKI)
７：３０〜８：３０ 太陽礼拝 (HEEKI)
８：３０～９：３０ 朝食 （ホテルにて）
１０：００～１２：００ クロージングYOGA (HEEKI&WILL)
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Will has announced new Japanese tour dates!
General on sales for the following shows will begin November 19 at 10am local venue time. Tickets to the Fukushima show will go on sale today!
Saturday December 14th
Chalumuae 3D Fes＠Miyagi
Sunday December 15th
Christmas Yoga Live＠Fukushima
Friday December 20th
Christmas Concert＠Cortile in Tokyo
Sunday December 22nd
Christmas Yoga Party＠Yoga Breeze in Fukuoka
Private classes are available only on Thursday December 19th. Email email@example.com for reservations.
Will is back in Vancouver until Dec! Check out his upcoming classes
Chopra Yoga / Monday 12:15 BARRE
Arbutus Club / Tuesday 10:30 YOGA MUSIC FUSION
Hollyburn Country Club / Tuesday 6pm SPINGA
Westcoast Hot Yoga / Tuesday 8pm WILLS HOUR
Young Women's Christian Association / Wednesday 6:30pm YOGA
Chopra Yoga / Wednesday 8:15pm HOT
Arbutus Club / Thursday 12 SPINGA
Young Women's Christian Association / Thursday 1:15pm YOGA FLOW
Westcoast Hot Yoga / Saturday 5:15pm WILLS HOUR
Hollyburn Country Club / Sunday 9:30 SPINGA
Hollyburn Country Club / Sunday 11 POWER YOGA
Dear yoga fam, thank you for all the support! We are excited to be teaming up with RainCity Housing to launch Will's new fundraising campaign. 25% of proceeds directly benefit gay, lesbian and trans youth in Vancouver. Help get kids off the street while helping Will and his team finish the creation of the new album! Donate here.
Check it out yoga fam! On Friday October 25th Will rocks the FNL series: http://bit.ly/1emV8LF
Yoga Fam: couldn’t make it to Japan for Will’s shows and yoga classes? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Check out the latest photos and footage here.
While in Tokyo for a promotional tour, Will took some time out to see the Japanese production of Wicked. Take a look at the fun photos with the cast taken backstage after the performance at Will's Japanese facebook page.
Join Will and other speakers at the Russian Consulate at 475 Howe St, Vancouver at 6.30pm for the Global Speak Out in Vancouver!
We’re not alone. On September 3rd, other cities around the world will gather at Russian embassies and town centers in solidarity with all Russians, gay and straight, affected by these ‘propaganda’ laws while celebrating love, equality, and freedom of speech for all people.
***UPDATE from XTRA: "Speaker Will Blunderfield told the crowd that equality is a right and not a privilege to be bestowed by the state.
"Vladimir Putin is a hateful man who has made homophobia acceptable in his country," he says. He then led the crowd in singing John Lennon's “Imagine.”" Source: http://dailyxtra.com/vancouver/news/vancouvers-queer-community-rallies-r...
Not in Vancouver? Join another event near you: www.allout.org/russiaevents...
All Out encourages people to remain peaceful and positive to urge world leaders to pressure Putin to end the crackdown on Russian human rights.
Check out Will's upcoming tour and yoga show culminating in 4 sold-out appearances in Yokohama and Tokyo! TOUR: http://willblunderfield.com/content/japan-tour-fall-2013-imagine
Will's MUSE Show (music only): http://ticket.corich.jp/apply/46897/
YogaFest 2013 / Yoga Show (yoga & music): http://www.yogafest.jp/2013/
Message from Will: "I had an interview with Oxygen Mag in Korea and it's out in stores today! had good old chit chat about yoga, my music and G Dragon!"
Q: Hello Will, Thank you for sitting down with us for an interview for Oxygen Korea. For Koreans who do not know about you well, please introduce yourself.
W: Hello Oxygen Magazine Korea! It is a treat to chat with you. I am a yoga teacher and recording artist based out of beautiful Vancouver, BC Canada. I am fortunate to get to travel the word teaching yoga and performing at studios, conferences, and also more mainstream venues. My intention is to share as much joy as I can through yoga, music, and my message of love.
Q: When did you start Yoga? Also explain your own yoga style.
W: I began studying yoga when I was at Musical Theater Conservatory in NYC. That was back in 2003 when I was 17. I found yoga to be very grounding amongst the hustle and bustle of the big city. One of our most strict acting teachers made us do very challenging yoga routines before we went onstage to clear our minds, balance our bodies, and cultivate focus and the ability to listen to our acting and musical partners.
For me, therefore, yoga has always been a marriage with self-expression and music. It says in the Bhagavad Gita (the core text of yoga) “Yoga is the practice of tolerating the consequences of being yourself.” I always encourage my students to feel free to be who they are, to move at their own pace, and to explore different ways of being present throughout the class.
About your yoga style, what do you have philosophical idea for doing yoga?
I’m inspired by the Vedas (another yogic text) where it says, “drop the teachings, create your own practice, and find your own truth.” I am inspired by yoga teachers like Sadie Nardini (from Brooklyn, NY), Heeki Park (Japanese-Korean), and Akira Watamoto (from Japan) who aren’t afraid to cultivate their own styles that are true to their hearts. I believe that when you are true to yourself, your offering will resonate more and be more healing for people who are like you. In order for your students to be able to “find” you, you must be brave and speak your truth, and your tribe will surround you. Like heals like.
Q: There are many people who have inspired and impressed on your music. Please say about your first album.
W: Thank you! With an aim to create something modern and new, my sound is a unique collision of rock opera, devotional chant and pop music. I weave spoken word with traditional Indian instruments including the harmonium. For me it's about getting more people exposed to yoga through the universality of pop music!! I am currently working on new music with producers Mike Southworth and Brian West (U2, Nelly Furtado, K'Naan, Savage Garden).
The music I write is designed to connect, designed to heal…I wrote this album for people who struggle with insecurity, shame, and self-image issues. It's about using chant music to bring us into this surreal place of it's enough, I'm enough. I'm ok. You can listen to my music at www.itunes.com/willblunderfield
Q: What do you think about your own music world and music style?
W: I love that yoga music is so diverse! There are other chant artists on the same label as myself (nutonemusic.com) who fuse everything from reggae, world, adult contemporary, Brazilian fusion, and more with yoga chant. I love incorporating Sanskrit mantras into my pop and theatrical music because it raises the vibration of the songs. A MANTRA is a mystical energy encased in a sound structure. Every mantra contains within its vibration a certain power. Upon concentration and repetition of a given mantra, its energy is liberated and takes form...
Q: I heard that you play spontaneous music in your class. Where those inspirations come from?
W: I love that I get to perform almost every day in my classes during savasana. My original compositions are inspired by devotional chant, World Music, Musical Theater and Mantra Music. Sometimes the whole class sings as a group. Singing is a form of Pranayama. Music can be very cathartic, healing, and, like yoga, helps us come from our hearts.
Q: You are living in Canada and do yoga. What do you think about distinctive style of yoga in Canada? Also please say about difference between yoga in Canada and yoga in other countries.
W: Vancouver, Canada is considered one of the yoga capitals of North America! In fact, lululemon, the popular yoga apparel company, was created here!! One of the unique aspects of Vancouver’s yoga scene is the beautiful outdoor classes that happen in our parks, beaches and retreats in the summer. In fact, I am leading a special Yoga Fit retreat for my Korean and Japanese fans along with Heeki Park here at the end of July 2013 that includes a fun trip to Whister, BC. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to willblunderfield.com for more details!
Q: Please recommend place for practicing yoga and good teachers in Canada.
W: Chopra Yoga Center (ChopraYoga.com) and Westcoast Hot Yoga (WestcoastHotYoga.com) are both two beautiful studios I teach at here in Canada. Some great teachers here are Eoin Finn, Dan Clement, and Gloria Latham.
Q: At the end of interview, hope you see in Korea someday, and say something to yogis in Korea.
W: I hope to come to Korea very soon! G-Dragon is one of my favorite artists and my best friend is from Seoul! And I love Bi Bim Bap
The Vancouver Lookout is excited to announce “Summer Yoga” dates with Will Blunderfield. Elevate Mind, Body, and Spirit while taking in the view from 550ft above sea level.
1, July 5th at 6:00pm
2, July 19th at 6:00pm
3, August 16th at 6:00pm
Childrens yoga $10.00 per child (includes 1 adult complimentary admission)
With the purchase of a yoga session you will receive 1 complimentary Lookout admission to use at your leisure (does not include children’s yoga purchase)
Please join us for the healing yogadventure of a lifetime end of July 2013.
Join Will and Katherine Moore, as well as Heeki Park from Yoga Journal Japan for a BC summer retreat of healing, yoga, and sound. In our journey leading to a live performance at Wanderlust, we will regenerate with daily hot yoga, meditation to music, soaking up the sun and relaxation on local beaches, prana runs with Katherine in the forest, the astonishing rhythm & power of chant, and memories that will last a lifetime.
Retreat includes transformational hot yoga with Will everyday; sunrise meditation; Jivamukti yoga with Heeki, a group opening and closing party with vegetarian cuisine; pilgrimage to Wanderlust Whistler and accommodations in Vancouver and Whistler. Only 3 spots left! To book email email@example.com
On April 13, 2013, Bust a Move benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation will unite hundreds of participants at the Richmond Olympic Oval for a fun-filled, day-long, exercise marathon supporting life-saving breast cancer research taking place at the BC Cancer Agency.
Today, Will joins forces with Tommy Europe, Kala Polman-Tuin to spread the message of living your dream, speaking your truth, and opening the heart through yoga & music.
AMAZING TOUR: An Experience to Enlighten.
Yoga meets music, song and dance to create dynamic delight for all ages!
What do you get when you mix two high-energy yoga teachers who are also music-making maniacs, dancing fools and fabulous friends?
In a unique yoga quest, chart topping musician Blunderfield and voice artist Ingrid Nilson join together to inspire and uplift the entire world. And they're starting with Asia.
We aim to tell a story about liberation and equality through yoga, fashion, movement and music. With a full set-list of original music, ancient mantras and chart-topping tunes, classes are engaged in an immersive and inclusive yoga experience.
The journey begins with Will and Ingrid on a magic space ship, suspending the students’ perception of time, space, location and dimension. We are trapped on a planet that is first presented as a Utopian society and gradually appears more and more dystopian.
We find ourselves stuck in a conformist society with no culture. Ingrid and Will are essentially fugitives with a singular objective: To free as many people as we can through the socially subversive power of yoga, music & self-expression.
We start in the ship with plain, simple colourless outfits eventually bursting out in song, feathers, brighter colors and more revealing outfits. Wink.
Come aboard for a magical concert spaceship experience complete with dancing and singing in multiple languages mixed into a yoga class for all levels.
It will engage, inspire and uplift.
Will Blunderfield is excited to headline Taiwan's first international yoga event, The Taiwan Yoga Marathon on March 31st! All proceeds benefit PETA Asia
Taiwan Yoga Matathon is a meaningful and challenging charity fund-raising event. The prime objective of this event is to promote health awareness among Hong Kong citizens via yoga practice.
A series of renowned professional yogis will lead the program and perform yoga demonstrations on the day of the event.
Like RAW food? Will is teaming up with a top chef from Organic Lives to bring you Vancouver's first ever RAW YOGA EXTRAVAGANZA. Sign up here to get the secret location: https://www.facebook.com/events/407431322675181/
People from the Ryukyu Islands (of which Okinawa is the largest) have a life expectancy among the highest in the world. Come with Will on a transformational yoga / chant retreat to Okinawa, Japan. Enjoy the magic of each day with optional activities ranging from mantra music workshops, transformational yoga, sunset meditation & a rockin' musical performance to exploring some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world!
Whether you are an experienced yogi, have always wanted to try yoga, or just want to go deeper into your yoga practice, get ready for an empowering and rejuvenating experience of healing relaxation, yoga and music that will bring greater passion and purpose to your life.
The retreat is almost sold out! Apply now and join us this March in Asia's tropical paradise! http://bit.ly/UXsJml
"Lead a life of your own design, on your own terms—not one that others, or your society have scripted for you."
- Will Blunderfield
Will's Rock Om Malas are back in stock! Visit the Official Mala Imports Store to order your mala today! Also, now is your last chance to get Will's exclusive Rockstar Mala with less then 3 necklaces remaining at Chopra Yoga! There are no plans to restock these malas in the short term, so if you're looking to get your hands on one, now's the time!
Victoria Yoga Conference has announced Will Blunderfield the musical headliner for the first annual YOGA CONFERENCE at the Convention Center at Victoria Harbor. It kicks off February 1st and is set to be a weekend of yoga, fun, food, and amazing performances. Yoga instructors & spiritual teachers including Sadie Nardini, Danielle LaPorte, & Gabby Bernstein will kick off the conference along with Blunderfield. Details of Will's 3 conference events (interactive talk, performance, & class) here.
Vancouver singer and yoga teacher Will Blunderfield and Sachie Kageyama are taking healing yoga and music to children who survived the 2011 Fukushima earthquake and tsunami. They're holding a Vancouver fundraiser Jan. 19.
Photograph by: Les Bazso, PNG , Vancouver Sun
Sachie Kageyama can't forget Fukushima. The city, her childhood home, was struck by a catastrophic triple meltdown at its nuclear power plant following the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
While touring Japan last September with yoga teacher and singer-songwriter Will Blunderfield, the music manager met a young girl whose family had moved out of Fukushima after the disaster.
"She was in a new city and none of the children in the park wanted to play with her or touch her. They thought she was radioactive."
In Fukushima, families are still afraid to let their children play outdoors, says Kageyama. Restrictions on outdoor play were put in place after the disaster, an attempt to limit exposure to radiation. Most restrictions have been lifted, but the fear remains.
A year after the meltdown, 36 per cent of the children in the area are suffering from abnormal cysts and growths on their thyroids.
Although dozens of indoor playgrounds are being built, children are also suffering from a sense of loss, headaches, depression and rising obesity, according to health researchers.
Their plight inspired Kageyama and Blunderfield to design a unique aid mission - to bring yoga and music to the children of Fukushima.
"The purpose is to bring hope and joy," said Blunderfield.
The Fukushima project, an initiative entirely funded through donations, will bring an inspirational yoga and music experience to elementary school children and preschoolers in Fukushima during a week-long series of events in March.
In addition to bringing his musical yoga to children, Blunderfield will train elementary school teachers in children's yoga. To facilitate ongoing opportunities for the schoolchildren to do yoga, they are fundraising to buy yoga mats for the schools.
"Yoga and music are life forces, they elevate," Blunderfield said.
Blunderfield's unique "glee yoga" incorporates singing, dancing and inspirational play, making it a hit with kids and adults, and has made him one of Vancouver's most beloved yoga teachers.
Making yoga fun is one of Blunder-field's specialties - and he has seen his own life turned around by the practice.
The singer-songwriter, who grew up in Vancouver, was a choir nerd well before Glee made that sort of thing cool. He studied musical theatre in New York before returning to Canada where he tried out for Canadian Idol.
After getting cut from the top 75 for being "too theatrical," Blunderfield immersed himself in yoga. After he started singing in classes - everything from rock anthems to chant to his own songs - he found his voice, an audience and a following.
Blunderfield has a huge following in Japan, where yoga and pop culture intersect in unusual ways. On a recent tour, he was surprised to hear his yoga-influenced tune Longtime Sun in rotation on a pop station, played right after Christina Aguilera.
"In Tokyo, I taught a yoga class. They gave me a Britney Spears microphone and a disco ball came down from the ceiling," he recalls.
After performing at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Yokohama Yoga fest - one of the largest yoga festivals in the world - last September and participating in a local Pray For Japan relief fundraiser, he and Kageyama decided to create their own relief effort.
Kageyama, who flew over to Japan immediately after the earthquake toting plastic bins full of infant formula, diapers and noodles, said her sister laughed at her when she showed up wearing makeshift radiation gear - three layers of face masks, waterproof clothing and goggles.
Like the rest of the world, she was operating out of fear. This rescue operation, says Blunderfield, "is about love."
The effects of the radiation on the 360,000 children under the age of 18 who lived in Fukushima Prefecture is not yet fully understood, but "the fear and stigma makes it worse," said Kageyama. "It's not a virus. It's not a flu. Fukushima is still a beautiful place."
Blunderfield and a host of other performing artists are holding a yoga and music fundraiser for The Fukushima Project on Jan. 19, at 10 a.m. at the Vancouver Buddhist Temple. All ages are welcome. Admission is $30 at the door. Donations can also be made at gofundme.com/1ongt4.
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Will Blunderfield is part of the Fukushima Yoga Project, which aims at raising money for children affected by the tsunami. The fundraiser performance/class is this Saturday at the Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue, Vancouver, BC).
Fukushima Yoga Project is dedicated to providing urgently needed kids yoga classes to radiation-affected children in the Fukushima region of Japan, generating awareness, support, and joy for children there.
Help do your part by contributing as little as $1. To do so, click the link below. Thanks for your support! SUPPORT
Yoga Fam, we're rapidly approaching Feb 2nd, and Will's rockin' performance, talk, & yoga class at the Victoria Yoga Conference. But in the meantime, Will sat down with Hello Yoga to talk about his favorite parts of touring, music, and his recent sold-out yoga experience in Yokohama. Asked his favorite meditation technique, Will says "You just sit cross legged and take a deep breath, and you sigh it out, sit nice and tall, and you say, 'It’s ok, whatever it is, it’s already here. Let me open to it.' and you take another deep breath. And you just open to what is. So, if you start to judge yourself you can just smile at that and recognize that it’s just billions of dollars of advertising. It’s a kind of let go and don’t let anything stop you kind of energy. I think that’s what yoga is all about. It’s one thing to stay connected in a yoga class, but if you want to stay connected outside the class I think you have to train ourself not to care what other people think so much."
Will Blunderfield checks in with Yoga Journal to discuss some of the creative components to his new classes and album, Imagine. While Blunderfield says the album isn’t a huge departure from his signature sound, he did take time to explore some new territory. He notes that there is a song on the album called "Dancing in the Rain", which lyrically and thematically, is unlike any other song people have heard from him (but is very similar to the messages he shares in his classes). Will also explains how his experience hopping from city to city in Japan and the US, brought about the album’s and new hot series' energy.
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Reminder Will fans! Will Blunderfield's ROCK OM collection to help benefit CBCF.org launches this Monday November 19th! The signature collection collaboration between Will Blunderfield & Mala Imports, Will's ROCK OM malas are the perfect gift for any Will Blunderfield fan. Hurry up and get yours today!
Yoga Fam! Will just announced his plans to release a new world single, to celebrate his new Rock Om Malas from Mala Imports! The single will be available for download on November 19th exclusively at Will's Official Online Store. Pre-order your ROCK OM mala today at Mala Imports and receive a full download of the song on November 19th!
Download the single here!
Tickets are only $5 and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to a local charity – Obakki Foundation in order to support the establishment of a well in South Sudan Tickets & Info: The Yoga Conference & Show at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Will Blunderfield is thrilled to be opening for Deepak Chopra and other best-selling authors at the PNE Forum in Vancouver and looks forward to performing some songs off his upcoming record.
“A renowned physician and author, Deepak Chopra is undoubtedly one of the most lucid and inspired philosophers of our time.” – Mikhail Gorbachev
Saturday October 13, 2012 | 3pm | The PNE Forum
Want to find out more about this one-of-a-kind event? Check out the official SEED Event site here.
For Will's Japan fans who missed his sold out events in Yokohama, 3 additional concerts have been planned (willblunderfield.com/events)! Come to Pray For Japan Saturday, September 29, 2012
5:00pm until 7:00pm in PDT
Pray for JAPAN
Will's charity showcase @ Shibuya
Come and JOIN!!
2-8-1-B1 Dougenzaka Shibuya Tokyo
What time: 5:00pm start
How much: ¥5500 (include food and drink)
BC Living has named Will Blunderfield one of Vancouver's best yoga teachers. Make sure to head over to Twitter to congratulate him!
Get out those dancin' shoes! Will Blunderfield will be performing at "Sawan Mela", a concert being held at Plaza of Nations in Vancouver on August 18th! Sawan Mela brings the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of India to Vancouver. To learn more about the event, click here!
It’s been months in the planning, but the wait is almost over! The exclusive collection of Will Blunderfield Rockstar Malas designed in collaboration with jeweler-to-the-stars Mala Imports will debut in Japan September 15th and October 1st in North America! In the meantime, check out Mala Imports' latest offerings at their official site below.
Pieces from Will's line will be available at at all his Asia tour events! Check out www.yogafest.jp for more info.
Before he tours Asia, Will has created a playlist for your home or on-the-road yoga practice! Featuring chill world beats & uplifting pop from his signature Vancouver classes.
Check back soon for additional events & appearances in Japan!
Don't miss Will's ROCKSTAR YOGA EXPERIENCE & autograph signing at Fab Academy in Roppongi starting at 8:45pm Sept 18th! The first 20 people are guaranteed an autographed CD by Will!
Get full details of the event here
Will Blunderfield shares his excitement to be singing & teaching this September in Japan, and looks forward to performing some of new songs and the theme-song of Asia's largest yoga festival!
Want to find out more? Check out what he has to say here.
From music to malas to now eyeliner, there is something for Will Blunderfield fans everywhere.
Enjoy a live musical performance at the Shangri-La by Vancouver's own Will Blunderfield featuring Jory Pierce & Mackenzie Carlson from So You Think You Can Dance Canada as we celebrate the official Canadian launch of KarmaFace Cosmetics! $1 from every product purchased is donated to the YWCA women's shelters. Read More
Will excitedly said, “KarmaFace has been customizing this waterproof eyeliner for me for months. It’s the perfect partnership and the product is amazing. I’ve even bought KarmaFace cosmetics for my mom & friends – they love them. Couldn’t have asked for better and can’t wait to see my students wearing it!”
Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 Location: The Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver Time: 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
After a busy week of performances in Whistler, the CBCF gala and World of Smiles Telethon, Will took some time out to see the Vancouver Men's Chorus QUEENS production on Granville Island. Take a look at the fun photos with soloist Yogi Omar and Will's labelmate Sarah McLachlan taken after the performance.
Will is gearing up to headline the World of Smiles Telethon airing live across Canada May 27th. The telethon benefits the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. During the telethon, viewers will enjoy six hours of special programming, featuring local patient stories and entertainment from Canada and internationally. During this time viewers are encouraged to call in to make a donation in support of BC Children's Hospital Foundation.
Visit Twitter for live updates & more
Who saw Will commanding the stage at Whistler Yoga Conference over the weekend, performing new songs off his upcoming record "Imagine"?! Check out this behind-the-scenes photo with Will's longtime friend & partner in crime Danielle Mika Nagel and if you haven't downloaded the new single - do it now! iTunes.com/WillBlunderfield
Will Blunderfield and his management have issued warnings to Japanese fans: “We are permanently based at Chopra Yoga Center & YYoga here in Vancouver performing ‘Glee Yoga’ 6 days a week. We are not performing in any other cities internationally or even in the U.S. until September 2012.
“Recent announcements about the show performing in Japan are totally inaccurate. Potential ticket buyers, sponsors or anybody else is forewarned to not engage in any way with this falsely advertised production. There are Web sites charging up to $200 a ticket for high-end yoga studios and non-existent venues in Tokyo and in Osaka in March.
“It’s a scam -- please tell everybody not to lose their money over this. We were unaware until our fans started asking how long we would be in Japan. Fortunately, Japanese media have now picked up the story to expose the scam.”
Less than a year after it’s critically-acclaimed debut, Will Blunderfield’s HALLELUJAH debut record has hit a milestone – 150,000 releases of the record world-wide! Celebrate with Will, who will be sharing old favorites from HALLELUJAH and new music from his upcoming record. Click on the link below for upcoming GET YOU OM ON tour dates!
We are excited to announce that great artists and very special guests including TED2011 speaker John Hunter will join Will Blunderfield & CTV host Coleen Christie April 17th for Vancouver’s Projecting Change Film Festival Gala. What is sure to be a stunning show, is set to take place on opening night to kick off the festival. Stay tuned for more exciting performance announcements!
"Like" Will's official FB fanpage and check out exclusive behind-the-scenes shots of his upcoming video debut!
Will just released two new remixes of his charity single, "Amazing Grace"! Take a listen to the new remixes below and then head over to Will's Official iTunes store where the new Remix EP is exclusively available for download. All proceeds go to support breast cancer research. Amazing Grace (Pink Ribbon Sanskrit Celebration Mix) [feat. Bif Naked] by willblunderfield
Will Blunderfield sat down with Zara Durrani, host of Canadian TV series Life & Style with Zara. See what Will has to say about the origins of yoga, living with intention, and inspiring your practice! Watch the full segment below:
Will is bringing the Glee Yoga Experience to local highschools with the support of @The Diversity Project! "My intention is to promote love, acceptance, self-empowerment, bravery and joy thru self-expressed movement/music, moments of sheer playfulness and others of disarming honesty." To book an event at your school give us a shout out at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The "Amazing Grace" (Pink Ribbon Celebration Remixes) will be available on iTunes March 27th! To celebrate Will headlining the Canadian Breast Cancer Awareness Gala, show some love and purchase a ticket or make a donation here to benefit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Join us on May 3, 2012 with your colleagues, friends and companions and honour the women in your life by celebrating 20 years of progress in breast cancer research and supporting the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. We’ll share our progress toward our vision of a future without breast cancer by 2020, highlight amazing research breakthroughs and celebrate personal triumphs by local celebrities with a special performance by headlining act Will Blunderfield. More info here.
HAVE A COACHING SESSION WITH WILL to ROCK YOUR 2012! Get his expert advice on yoga, music, marketing, relationships, your personal yoga/meditation practice, living your passion, getting your message out there, freedom from suffering...or whatever you need!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
Mark your calendars, Yoga Fam! Will will be taking the stage on both Life & Style with Zara on Jan. 20th and again performing with Bif Naked on JoyTV, Novus, CHEK & Shaw in mid-February! Catch Will on TV at 8:30/9:30c tonight and check your local listings here to know where and when to tune in for his February appearances!
100 lucky guests will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Will on the evening of May 4th, after his 8:00 headlining show at the Chateau Whistler. Be ONE of only 100 guests to get an exclusive signed copy of Will's hit album and an opportunity to meet Will Blunderfield, Yoga's Rockstar. This amazing experience includes an autograph and photo opportunity, and is only available at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler on May 4th, after the 8:00 p.m. show. Visit www.whistleryogaconference.com or email email@example.com for more details and to purchase your ticket today!
Will has begun performing & teaching at the Chopra Yoga Center in Vancouver. This new hot yoga experience, designed exclusively for The Chopra Center, features 100 degree infrared heat, consisting of a full body workout set to a sensational score. The concept is one-of-a-kind and includes Will’s unique style fused with the inspirational teachings of Deepak Chopra.
Tickets and memberships for performances/classes are now on sale!
Will on Deepak: "One of the most influential people in my life is Deepak Chopra. He means so much to so many people all over the world. All of the various books that he's written and his message is a true inspiration; Inspiration in serving others through your passions. Deepak reminds me to work in a life of service to my fans and students, to lead by example, and to fulfill my vision and my destiny"
Have you been following @wblunderfield on Twitter? If not, you've been missing out on exclusive new info about Will's upcoming single! Here's what he had to say:
Will is working hard in the studio on his new album to bring you all the music you love! Check out the exclusive photo of Will in Hollywood with producer Brian West (K'Naan, Bono, Nelly Furtado, Maroon 5, Savage Garden) and be sure to check back for more details on Will's new album!
The Perfect Stocking-Stuffer! Order Will's album featuring Christmas-themed songs "Amazing Grace", "Hallelujah", and special bonus track "Ave Maria" ft. Choral group Aliqua:
100% of the proceeds go to Make a Wish Foundation
Join Nutone label mates Wade Morissette & Will Blunderfield for an unforgettable evening of chant and song!
Chanting is a natural way to tune into the frequency of love. Chanting
combines singing and music with mantras ÷ words and sounds that vibrate
at the highest level of awareness. The vibrations emanating from
singing Sanskrit words have a tangible effect on our own inner being.
It's not important to know what the words mean, or even to believe in
the particular names or forms of God sometimes sung in the chants,
because the ancient sounds themselves carry the energy that brings us
deep inside ourselves where our own nameless, formless connection
resides. The sweetness of chanting stills the mind, dissolves worries,
and opens the heart. The saints describe chanting as a way of becoming
saturated with God's love.
Check out Will's interviews with LA's Joni Yung, Vega and Donovan P. at the Vancouver Yoga Conference. He chatted about his Vega-sponsored tour, new music, self-love, and the debut of his line of hot yoga bottoms!
On Tuesday, November 8th before embarking on the US league of his tour, Will made a special appearance at his alma mater West Van High, a Vancouver school with a fantastic performing arts program. He rocked the student dance class and their teacher with an uplifting Glee Yoga workshop & performance.
Students had the chance to ask Will about life on tour, what inspired him to sing, and what it is like to be a recording artist. The class then learned the "Bon Jovi Mantra" and shook some asana!
Teacher Jackie Wong said about Will and his music-inspired yoga, “I absolutely love it, Will's talent, beauty and soul are things we can all be thankful for. His words, compassion and encouragement are comparable to none... thankful for all he brings to the world!..” Check out the photo below!
Will on Deepak: One of the most influential people in my life is Deepak Chopra. He means so much to so many people all over the world. All of the various books that he's written and his message is a true inspiration; Inspiration in serving others through your passions. Deepak reminds me to work in a life of service to my fans and students, to lead by example, and to fulfill my vision and my destiny.
Combining the power of a transformative hot practice, mindfulness meditation, and an energizing performance off his hit yoga-inspired album, Will transforms your ordinary hot yoga practice into the extraordinary. Founded by mind-body healing pioneers Deepak Chopra, M.D. and David Simon, M.D., the Chopra Center has helped thousands of people throughout the world transform and heal through the timeless practices of yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda – the world's oldest natural health science.
Will's favorite quotes: “Everyone has a purpose in life...a unique or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.” -- Deepak Chopra
"Any reason for practicing yoga is a good reason. Enhancing flexibility and releasing stress are as noble a purpose for performing yoga as the awakening of spirituality. This is the great gift of yoga it serves and nourishes us at every level of our being and spontaneously contributes to greater wellbeing in all domains of life. Yoga will help you discover gifts within yourself that have remained unopened since your childhood― the gifts of peace, harmony, laughter, and love." -- Deepak Chopra
The world's most popular online yoga destination My Yoga Online™ has voiced their support for Will's upcoming yoga-inspired tour. Excerpt:
"Sometimes a visionary comes along and changes, well, pretty much everything.
Yoga teacher, musician, and inspirational force Will Blunderfield has been making waves since he first appeared on the yoga and music scene in Vancouver. Those waves are now so big he’s gone global."
See link below for more:
Will Blunderfield's debut album Hallelujah finally released in the US and critics can't stop raving about it. Check out the fantastic review below!
(Vancouver, Canada – October 25, 2011) With his inspirational lyrics, Sanskrit mantras, and unique musical style, Will Blunderfield's album Hallelujah (Nutone Records/Nettwerk) has hit #1 on the iTunes World Chart for a second time! The Vancouver Sun proclaimed "Will is a Spirit Junkie... his "Glee Yoga" classes draw jammed classrooms..." Thousands of fans have experienced Blunderfield's transformational yoga classes & stunning performances and have since been tuning in to see his spectacular televised performances. Moving into the holiday season, Will will be performing "Hallelujah" written by Leonard Cohen, on upcoming television programs such as The Jay Leno Show and eTalk. Additionally, look out for interviews with Will about his upcoming US Tour on My Yoga Online™ and the hit national TV series Life & Style with Zara.
Check out the link below to see Will Blunderfield featured in the Sun's cover story on SPIRIT JUNKIES.
"A hip, young generation is rebranding spiritual growth as sexy, stylish - and sellable"
Will Blunderfield will embark on his first headlining tour, a yoga and music spectacular, both theatrical and inspirational, that will give his thousands of fans something they'll love to breathe, flow and meditate to. "The Vega® Yoga Tour" kicks off November 10 in Malibu, CA. "My intention is to promote Love, health, self-empowerment, bravery and joy through yoga & music," Blunderfield says. "And I would love everyone to come away with a new appreciation for the music on my album."
Will's debut album Hallelujah (Nettwerk Music Group / Nutone Records) made its debut at #1 on the iTunes Top 100 World chart in July. Will's self-penned hit single "The River" as well as "Hallelujah," written by Leonard Cohen, have become Will's first hits on the world and new age music charts in Canada and Europe.
It's not just the single and album that have been international sensations in the yoga/world music scene; it's Will himself. He has led sold-out classes in Asia and New York, and was a media sensation in Japan, where he showed up in true Harajuku style with full makeup and mala beads. Switzerland fell in love with Will at first sight, and his single is now surging up the Swiss charts.
“When taking a Yoga class with Will be ready to spark your inner smile, laugh at yourself and let your ego melt into the flows of sweat," says Terry McBride, Will Blunderfield's manager and CEO of Nettwerk Music Group. "If you’re lucky, he will sing at the end as you lie down in wonderment of what just took place.”
Will's yoga classes in Vancouver and abroad are already legendary, his live televised collaboration with yogini Ingrid Nilson and opening slots for Ace of Base and Dragonette were a highlight of his year and his performances of songs including "Hallelujah", "Long Time Sun" and "Glee Yoga" workshops with YYoga founder Lara Kozan are widely regarded as some of the most captivating and transformational yoga classes offered in Western Canada.
"I was lucky enough to work with Bif Naked on the 'Amazing Grace' track on my album," says Will. "She is a beautiful yogini and a powerful vocalist. In addition, I was fortunate to have over 50 of my yoga students and friends lay down vocals on this album! I'm so excited to be promoting our music stateside and globally."
The "Vega® Yoga Tour" launches November 10 in Malibu, CA and will work its way to eight more venues in November/December, with more 2012 dates to be announced for Australia and abroad.
Click HERE for a list of scheduled dates for "Vega® Yoga Tour" more dates to come, and for tour updates check back here on Will Official.
Will Blunderfield continues to wow audiences abroad as he gears up for the release of Hallelujah in the UK. Check out these two great articles from Tokyo and Ottawa! Hello Yoga - Tokyo / Metro News - Ottawa
We’ve been thrilled by the amount of feedback we’ve received on the site and through Facebook and Twitter for a new single in Canada featuring Bif Naked. With that being said, a dance-pop radio version of "Amazing Grace" is being remixed by renowned European DJ Bryan Kearney (Snatam Kaur) will be serviced to Canadian radio in November. Proceeds from the single to benefit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Stay tuned!
Featuring recording artist Will Blunderfield and Andrea Spiegel and Elle Basten of YYOGA!
Come and enjoy a 90 minute session of yoga at Spanish Banks with the ocean as our backdrop. We invite you to participate in a celebration of love, connection and making difference within our yoga community.
Click here to purchase your tickets.
100% of the proceeds will benefit imagine1day, an organization dedicated towards providing access to quality education to all Ethiopians funded free of foreign aid by 2030.
Time: 10:30AM* - 12:00PM
(*please arrive 15 minutes earlier to set up your mats)
At HMV, Will's album 'Hallelujah' has SOLD OUT for the second time!! Copies can still be ordered online at www.HMV.ca Check out Will in the USA's top yoga publication, Yoga International!
Will's world-spanning success continues to build with the news that his debut album, 'Hallelujah,' has now been certified #1 on the iTunes World Music Chart. Congrats to Will and a heartfelt thanks to all his fans!
Check out this hot pic of Will with British popstar Chloe Morgan and JoyTV host Zara Durrani at Vancouver's Republic Nightclub!
Hey, it's me, Will. During these past several months I've had such wonderful experiences. I've signed an international recording contract with Nettwerk / Nutone Records (Sarah McLachlan, Krishna Das, Avril Lavigne), I wrote and recorded a duet with multi-platinum artist Bif Naked for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation which will be released to Top 40 radio in the fall, and am also about to embark on a US/Australian tour.
And throughout this time I've heard from all of you, my yoga family, whose love and support I cherish dearly. Many have asked "will you perform again soon in Vancouver?".. well today I'm really excited to answer that question, and to announce my most intimate performance ever, celebrating the album reaching #1 on the iTunes world music chart. This performance will be different from those of the past, in the way that I will perform music unplugged, exclusively from my album and classes, which I want you to help me select.
I'm reaching out to all of my fans, to seek your input about this very interactive performance.
Beginning today, you can indicate here on Facebook or twitter (twitter.com/wblunderfield ) the songs of your choice, because your voices are so important to me, the first 10 fans I hear from will receive an autographed copy of my #1 CD and an exclusive pair of Hot Yoga Little Black Bottoms which I've endorsed/co-designed with the team at VIVVOS (http://bit.ly/jS9BdS). ALL audience members will receive loads of give-aways and nutritious treats from Vega (myvega.com).
So let's get started, I'm very excited! Your support means so much to me and I am looking forward to performing for all of you. I love you guys, yoga fam you are the BEST!
To Hear Will's Music, Click Here: http://bit.ly/qvUVje
To Book Tix: http://bit.ly/ps3xXB
Will's album HALLELUJAH debuts GLOBALLY JULY 2011. He has signed with Nettwerk/Nutone Records, major label representing such eclectic artists as Sarah McLachlan, Avril Lavigne, Margaret Cho, Barenaked Ladies, Ron Sexmith, Tiesto, Jay Brannan, Jars Of Clay, and Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star), as well as renowned chant artists Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Donna de Lory and more!
OLYMPIC FLAME PERFORMANCE "Bhangra legend Sarbjit Cheema will play a 45 minute concert of his greatest hits. Cheema made his debut in the Punjabi entertainment industry in 1993 and has since produced 11 hit albums and two Punjabi films. The talent roster also includes Will Blunderfield, whose album “Hallelujah” topped the i-Tunes download chart this past week edging out Enrique Iglesias for the no. 1 spot"
WILL Performing on this year’s PRIDE RIDE! 7.30.11 The theme for this year’s event is FREEDOM & FITNESS. Our goal is to “create new perspectives” in a society that is eager to celebrate people and the differences that make us who we are. Unite with M.E to help build a new perspective; this cruise will change the way you look at life and the wonders that make up our day to day to lives. We are changing what it means to socialize, what it means to come together, and what it means to celebrate. Join us for an unforgettable, life changing experience that will assist you in finding yourself and guide you to help others find who they are. The individuals with an overall feeling of ‘MOST PRIDE’ will get their name(s) engraved onto the MOST PRIDE Mesh Entertainment Crystal Trophy and receive a complimentary ticket to next years event.
Each episode is dedicated to different truth’s of being, knowledge and conduct and their effects on our day to day lives. We hope the series will help you, our audience, come to a better understanding of the world around us, and most importantly, of ourselves. We hope to leave you inspired and empowered to act, with your beliefs as your compass. Check out the trailer!
Such exciting news! Will Blunderfield’s GLEE YOGA is THE TOP health/entertainment news story across CANADA & GOOGLE!! This is our most far-reaching press ever yoga family! You are amazing!
A Message from Will:
“I’m stoked to be putting together a tour w the support of YAMA TALENT and VEGA. I aim to bring a voice and a certain power to people who've been marginalized and made to feel insecure, for kids who can't get out there and think that something's holding them back -- I'm out there doing it with whatever challenges are put in my way, I'm overcoming them.”
Will is set to perform at the Whistler Yoga Conference May 7th 2011 from 8-10pm at the Chateau Whistler
Get your tickets here: www.whistleryogaconference.com
KIRTAN with Will Blunderfield in Whistler!
A MANTRA is a mystical energy encased in a sound structure. Every mantra contains within its vibration a certain power. Upon concentration and repetition of a given mantra, its energy is liberated and takes form... Combining the power of 5000 year-old devotional chants with Bon Jovi anthemic mantras, Will transforms your ordinary Kirtan into the extraordinary. Prepare for an experiential explosion of music, passion, and energy that will open your heart and leave you overflowing with bliss. “This experience is really about how you can use music to embrace your divine beauty,” says Blunderfield. “When you feel beautiful, you enhance your ability to elevate the world." Come and be inspired!
Will Blunderfield teams up with Juno Award-winning rocker Bif Naked for the international version of his best-selling album HALLELUJAH! The track is a fusion of devotional Kirtan chanting and pop/rock!
Album drops internationally June 2011 at HMV, Virgin, Whole Foods, lululemon, itunes, Amazon, Chapters and a yoga studio near You.
The int'l Nutone/Nettwerk version of my album will be available at Virgin, HMV, iTunes, Amazon + globally July 2011... For now, you can purchase a limited edition original at lululemon athletica Robson Street/YYOGA /Yogapod Kula,/Endorphin Junkies Personal Training/Westcoast Hot Yoga. Thank you so much for supporting me! I feel so lucky!
Will will be featured as a guest on Hay House Radio! He’ll be interviewed by international best-selling author and visionary Dr. Christiane Northrup on her show FLOURISH February 2rd at 11am EST. Be sure to tune in at hayhouseradio.com!
“I discovered that all I needed was to let the oars go, just flow” - from The River, by Will Blunderfield
Step into a class with Will and be prepared to forget everything you think you know about yoga.
He sings, he dances, he invents. He shakes his Asana.
On any given day with Will you might feel like you’re in an episode of Glee, you might find yourself shaking your booty like J.Lo, unleashing your inner Radio City Rockette, or simply smiling in a pose that once made you grimace.
Is it yoga? Oh, yes.
“I look up to yoga teachers who aren’t afraid to be themselves,” says Will.
Will began practicing yoga when he was a teenager, and an acting student at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.
From the beginning, teaching was part of his practice. “One of our acting teachers said you have to do yoga, it’s very grounding. He also got us to teach our fellow students hour-long sequences.”
At first, yoga simply helped him chill out. “I thought, oh this is really relaxing! New York is really stressful.”
But there was something deeper there too; it was as if he found a little more of himself each time he closed his eyes and breathed. “Not knowing what my mission was, I was still searching. I think, being that age, I was still susceptible to other people’s opinions. I didn’t really know what I was doing, where I was going.”
On the mat, Will found he could be himself. He also found inspirations, like Sadie Nardini, a New York teacher with a freewheeling style. (She’s been known to teach yoga in cowboy boots.)
“I came to yoga feeling really insecure. I walked around with a root of shame. I was bullied in high school. When you’re different, you get picked on. Yoga helped me so much because I realized I am not that feeling.”
“The mat is a place,” he says, “where we can observe our feelings as they come up, and realize that we are not them.”
Like so many students who come to the mat, Will found that what he encountered there stayed with him when he stepped off the mat. “It is a practice that helps us cultivate the ability to be loving in difficult and different situations.” He hopes every student that comes to his class find their own way of doing yoga, follows the path that works for them and sheds the rest.
“The basic message of the Bhagavad-Gita is your passion is your purpose.... follow your heart is one of the basic teachings of yoga to me.” There is no right way to practice yoga, and the reason for incorporating yoga into life may be different for everyone.
“Yoga means connection. Some people are connecting to their bodies; some feel like they are connecting to the non-thinking mind, to god, or source. Knowing that yoga means connection, I believe that there are over 7 billion ways of connecting to yoga.”
Anything that makes you feel wiser or more loving can be a yogic practice, says Will.
Setting an intention is a central part of his practice, on and off the mat.
“You have to set the intention. That’s been a core teaching of mine. When I feel the ground shaking a little bit, it’s getting dark and getting cold, metaphorically or weather wise, I tried to bring myself back to my original effort, to stand for the highest version of myself, to stay positive and keep looking forward.”
Will isn’t looking for perfection in his practice — or in his students.
“I just want to know how can we use these poses to love ourselves more deeply, to believe in our own being more deeply and more solidly.”
When we practice yoga, Will urges us to do more than practice a pose. “Let us practice embodying qualities that serve us and the world: self-love, tenacity and determination. Use this pose to embody something that will serve you today. Even when I fall out, I know that falling is inevitable. If you fall out of dancers pose, don’t criticize yourself. That’s not your inner being. That’s your inner gremlin. That’s not your true self according to the teachings of yoga.”
When a pose is challenging, he says, “Let us harness that challenge that is presented in this practice, let us ask ourselves are we going to close down because of this, or are we going to open up. If we focus on the intention, the universe tends to conspire to help us more often.”
Will’s debut album, Hallelujah is currently available at Lululemon, Yogapod and YYoga, will be released worldwide by Nutone/Nettwerk in 2011.
On any given day of the week, he can be found, eyeliner and all, teaching and singing his heart out in Vancouver at various YYoga locations.
Will joins forces with Westcoast Hot Yoga! MONDAYS & TUESDAYS @ 2pm YALETOWN LOCATION Combining the power of a transformative hot practice, mindfulness meditation, and an energizing performance off his yoga-inspired pop album, Will transforms your ordinary hot yoga practice into the extraordinary.