Community Spotlight | People Love - Josh Kramer June 12 2017

Would you like to live on your hands? Or at least be  as comfortable on your hands as you're on your feet... then Josh Kramer is the guy to follow. Originally from Zimbabwe he moved to New Zealand in 2005 where he developed his passion for yoga and travel. Josh has been practising yoga for over eight years and teaching for three. His style melds a unique blend of Iyengar Yoga and Vinyasa flow, emphasising alignment and integrity in the poses. He has a passion for all things handstands and provides his students with a unique opportunity to get off their feet and onto their hands where they will build the strength, technique and confidence to hold a beautifully straight handstand.

Josh has one of those lives where they you look at it and go... how did he do that!? He really has embraced the saying 'live a life you love'. In addition to Yoga, Josh is an intrepid world traveler, venturing to places around the world - from tropical white sand beaches, to remote and off the beaten track villages. whenever opportunity arises he follows his passion and flies to far-off places taking only his yoga mat and camera.

The travel he has done inspired him to become a Humanitarian professional. He has helped set up and manage programmes in developing countries across the Pacific, Asia, and Africa. This includes all areas of poverty, disasters, gender violence, child development, and sustainability. From his incredible yoga practice, talent on his hands, beautiful photography and humanitarian efforts we are in complete awe of this guy. That is why we wanted to share a little more about Josh the guy who is handstanding around the world, meeting fellow travelers, practicing and teaching yoga, and pursuing a life “on the road”, with you. For him there is always another dream, another beach, another adventure and another place to flip himself upside down so we wanted to know more and bring it to you. Enjoy!

My favourite thing I'm doing right now is…

Traveling the world! Right now I am making my way around the world, traveling to far flung places! Everyday is an opportunity to experience something for the first time. That's the beauty of being a traveling Yoga teacher - it allows me to share my passion with people no matter where I am in the world, and embrace different landscapes and cultures. I’m currently in Los Angeles, and will be traveling somewhere humid and tropical soon!

If you could ask 1 person, any person (living or dead) 1 thing what would it be?

The late B.K.S Iyengar – I would love to spend a day soaking up his wisdom.  I credit all that I have learned to his method. His knowledge and understanding of Yoga, and his teaching around the subject, is awe-inspiring. He is without a doubt my most influential teacher. With his passing, he took a lifetime of knowledge with him. I can only dream of having trained under his instruction.

“Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.” B.K.S. Iyengar

What's your favourite mantra and when do you use it?

Be kind, live passionately, follow your heart, and always embrace the unknown - This isn’t really a mantra, but they are personal motivators I use to remind myself to make the most of life.

I get nervous when…

I see other’s suffering and I am unable to help. Since I was a child, I have always felt a sense of compassion and empathy towards people who are experiencing hardship. My career choices have always reflected this. I believe that compassion is the heart of human existence. If I can be a pillar of support for someone, that is truly fulfilling.

I am happiest when…

I am making the most of the precious time I have - whether that be adventuring in remote and untouched locations, exploring untouched white sand tropical beaches, or adventuring in remote rugged mountains. Capturing these moments and bringing them to life through photography is part of that experience.

My favourite part of a yoga is…

Discovering and unlocking the vast potential of my body and mind. Yoga is a tool that allows me to study myself from the body to the mind - the journey inward is the greatest one. Every time I step onto my mat, I discover something new about myself - whether that be physically or emotionally.      

If I could only eat 1 food for the rest of my life…

This is more appropriately one food (well, beverage) I can’t go without - Coffee.. and by coffee, I mean GOOD COFFEE!!     

My biggest/hardest to achieve/scary goal at the moment is…

To embrace vulnerability in all aspects of my life - be it career or yoga, relationships, or
emotions. Embracing vulnerability is a scary feeling and demands great courage. Vulnerability opens you up to the vast experiences life has to offer - it is the birthplace of creativity, innovation and change. In my opinion, it is the most admirable way to live life to the fullest.

I have never been…     

To the South Island of New Zealand! Any Yoga studios out there like to host a workshop? 

 I could not live without... 

Freedom and time - time is my most valuable commodity. I make a conscious effort to cherish each and every moment I have.

If you don't already follow Josh on Instagram you need to. His handle @joshkrameryoga is filled with incredible photos of Josh that truly capture his strength and talent in these beautiful off the beaten places he loves. You can also catch him through his website.

We hope you enjoy this new series featuring people we love in our community! If you know of someone, or are that someone that would love to be featured, we would LOVE to hear from you !!

Bex Murphy - Doer of all things at Mala Earth, community connector, social media superstar & most importantly mumma of two