Darin Jay Lehman (E-RYT 500) has always been a soul-surfer. Not looking for the best answers, looking for the best questions to bring meaning, happiness and fullness into life. A surfer, artist, musician, avid outdoors-man and occasionally a bohemian world traveler, Darin needed to find a grounding practice to complement the fluidity in his life, to help him find balance. Darin often reflects on how as a child he was intrigued by the practices of meditation and mindful movement.
When Darin was first introduced to yoga it was on a beach before a surf session. “I practiced “Surya Namaskara A” every time before I hit the water to surf, it calmed me down, help loosen me up and set my breath in motion, it became my mantra.”
Darin's studies include one year living and managing at the Brahmananda Yoga Society of San Francisco as well as taking workshops and participating in yogic conferences around the nation.
Darin is currently enrolled in a 4 year Qigong Masters Teacher Training with internationally recognized author and Qigong Master Kenneth Cohen.
Darin has over 1000 hours of studio teaching experience along with 2400 hours of Yoga Teacher Training Experience, leading Hatha flow, Vinyasa flow, Restorative, Pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation for beginners and “Yoga for Surfer’s” classes. He teaches at retreats, Music Festivals, for private clients, and at Zazen Yoga Studios in SF. His meditation classes and personal philosophies are a blend of Yogic, Shamanic, Kabbalistic/Judaic, and Zen Buddhist (Suzuki Roshi) traditions.
In June 2012, Darin joined the Digital Detox, a mindfulness based organization promoting the need to occasionally disconnect from the digital world to reconnect to yourself and the people around you. Digital Detox hosts monthly mindfulness retreats into Northern California and sets up space at different companies and events around the bay area. The Digital Detox and its adult summer camp “Camp Grounded,” have been featured on major news networks such as the NY Times, CNN, MNN, The Atlantic, ABC and the Huffington Post.
Darin loves to use his breath-work knowledge and life experiences to engage and compel his classes, to allow students to deepen their own practices at their own pace and push themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually.