For Chase White, yoga doesn’t begin and end on the mat. It is a lifestyle. He believes that what we do on the mat is both an end in itself and also a means of cultivating focus, balance, strength, restraint, and mindfulness that can follow us off of the mat and keep us in our day’s unintentional moments. His classes lean heavily into the arms of Pranayama (breath control), for the peace of mind found there. Pranayama might take many forms. In Chase’s classes that form is often chanting or singing. While he has met folks who couldn’t perform, he has never met someone who couldn’t sing or practice yoga, which can be and in Chase’s classes are, as the breath is: not for show, but for love of life.
When Chase at the age of 15 started practicing Hatha Yoga at his local Y, he was delighted to find that there were names for things he had been doing for most of his life, including various Asanas (postures) and Pranayama techniques. That these were natural to do, he well knew, but that others thought so, too, was a revelation. Since then (he is now 26) he has practiced yoga with the satisfaction that he is not alone in his desire to go inward and find there what can only be found there: you name it. Now he is a graduate of Rubber Soul Yoga’s 2018 Adventure Club, is therefore a certified 200-hour yoga instructor, and is so happy to share what enthusiasm and knowledge he has with other aspirants.
Where are you from? Pickens, South Carolina
How long have you lived in Athens? Four-ish years
What’s your passion? Veganism. It’s not necessary to eat meat, fish, eggs, or milk, and it’s not kind to ask animals to sacrifice their well-being to satisfy my cravings, so I don’t.
Favorite book?Any book by Mary Oliver
Favorite movie? It Happened One Night
Favorite restaurant? Mannaweenta, an Ethiopian gem on the Eastside
When did you start practicing yoga and why?
I took my first yoga class out of curiosity; I was 15 and trying everything. I kept practicing because of the delectable stillness that proceeded my practice.
What’s your favorite yoga style?
The classes I take are usually yin or kundalini. They’re very different and that makes for a balanced practice. At home I prefer to meditate with the aid of pranayama techniques or restorative poses.
How long have you taught yoga? What inspired you to teach?
I started teaching just this past May, after graduating from my 200 hour teacher training. I’ve long known I wanted to help people and simultaneously encourage my best habits, I just didn’t know how I could. I woke up one morning (after days of contemplation) the summer of 2017, and I knew I had to teach yoga. I’ve since moved full speed ahead to make it real.
What’s your advice to someone who is new to yoga?
The poses and the breathing are a form of mental hygiene. They are necessary, but they aren’t it. Yoga isn’t complete until it comes home with you, until you find yourself happy for no reason. That’s not something to wait for, just something to look forward to.
What is your favorite pose?
Savasana. It relieves the body and allows us to experience the free flow of the mind.
What’s your favorite class to teach at M3? Favorite to take?
Right now my favorite class to teach is Restorative, but that changes. Right now it’s my favorite because, without breath or alignment—or even sensation in the body to focus on—those being taken care of are in comfortable prop-supported positions and the mind is given the opportunity to focus on what matters most, or on nothing at all.
What do you enjoy most about M3?
I love the variety of classes—some that focus neatly on certain areas and some that offer a well-rounded experience. I also love the corresponding variety of people that make up the M3 community.