I recently started Travis Eliot’s “The Ultimate Yogi” DVD series, as I was looking for something that was a little more contemporary than the classes offered in my town. After watching the intro, I knew I would be in for an awesome and transformational experience. Travis is a yoga instructor that helps make yoga easy to understand, and his dynamic approach makes it perfect for those new to yoga, those more experienced, and those looking for something deeper from their class. The DVD series is definitely a workout, but also has a meditative quality to it that I didn’t expect, but was well received. I was pleased to learn that Travis was also a father, and his passion for life fills every facet he is involved with, including parenting. He is an inspirational teacher, who truly cares about what he does and has the credentials to back it up. Get to know Travis, and definitely consider checking out his Yoga Classes, it’s not what you think, and it’s much more than what you had in mind.
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
Hey everybody! My name is Travis Eliot and I am a yoga instructor, kirtan singer and creator of The Ultimate Yogi DVD set. I teach locally in Santa Monica but also lead workshops, teacher trainings, retreats all over the globe. Typically when I’m home I teach 1-2 classes a day except Saturdays. In between teaching you can often find me with my two kids going to boxing class, gymnastics, practicing our handstands, and even meditating.
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
To me a modern day dad means a lot of things. I think it means not being afraid to push a stroller around, change a diaper, and just being much more present and involved in our kid’s lives. It takes a real man to wear a baby sling!
3. How did becoming a father change your life?
Man, it totally enriched my life beyond what words can describe!!!! Where else can you go in life, see someone, they scream your name at the top of their lungs, and then they run a million miles per hour towards you, and give you the greatest hug on planet earth with a beaming smile?! For myself, it was increadibly grounding to become a dad. One of the highest forms of yoga is called Karma yoga which is where you give without expecting back. It’s a way of tapping into ‘unconditional love,’ which is some powerful stuff. I feel like being a dad you are constantly pouring energy into those kids and putting their needs before your own which had tremendous rewards.
4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?
The greatest part about being a dad is receiving all the love my kids feel towards me. I remember the first night we brought my daughter home from the hospital when she was born and she spent the whole night sleeping on my chest. Even though she was a day old you could just feel the love, and the surrender. Now that she’s 9 yrs old it’s changed to cuddling up on the big sofa and watching a movie, still magical!
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
I have 2 things that have happened recently with my 3yr old son that were funny!
The other day I was pushing him in the stroller through our neighborhood. We came up to this house that was under contruction and the front yard was completely barren. Scurrying across our path was the biggest, weirdest looking cockroach I’ve ever seen. My sons face sprung into a look of utterly wide-eye dismay and said, “Daddy, (pregnant pause), he’s not cute,” while adamantly shaking his head left to right. It’s funny how innate our feelings of what’s attractive and what’s ugly can be!
Then there was the time a couple months ago when he was starting to figure out that he had a ‘wee-wee.’ He was very curious, intrigued, and excited about this newer discovery. He started rolling his ‘wee-wee’ around in his hands and with a huge smile on his face said, “It’s like Play Dough!” And he loves Play Dough. And I was just thinking to myself, “Awkward!!”
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
The first year and half are a whirlwind! I remember I’d be walking around with my little kid in a ‘baby Bjorn’ carrier and older parents would stop me and tell me to cherish the moments. It’s so true, ’cause those first few years are soooooooooooooooo precious and it’s easy to take it for granted. I also think it’s important to take time out of your week or your day to exercise and meditate because the more you give to yourself, the more you can give to your kids. At the end of the day it’s your love and compassion that they need the most. If they have inner security, they will really be able to thrive in all situations the older they get…Best Wishes!!
The Ultimate Yogi: www.theultimateyogi.com
Thanks so much for taking part and for putting your work out there for us to all enjoy and benefit from. You are an amazing teacher, an awesome father, and we wish you the best of luck in everything you do! Namaste!