We had the good fortune of connecting with Eddie Marashian and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Eddie, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I chose and artistic and creative career because I value freedom above all else: Freedom to make my own decisions; freedom to pursue whatever interests me; freedom to set my one time schedule; freedom to succeed or fail based on my on criteria.

Ever since I was a child, I have hated taking orders from others. I have always insisted on my own walking my own path. As a young man, I discovered yoga and it changed my life instantly. I knew it was a path that I needed to follow. And while teaching yoga may not seem like a “traditional” artistic or creative career, I would disagree. Yoga is an art form that requires deep sensitivity, intuition and creativity. The postures, practices and techniques of yoga and meditation are like the colors on a painter’s palette. It’s the mixture, the blending and the application of those colors that makes each and every class unique.

My other true passion has always been music and singing. While the pandemic hit the pause button on the my yoga teaching career, it inspired me to pursue more deliberately my dream of being a singer/songwriter. Now, in my late 40’s, I’m having the time of my life focusing on music and trusting that a new incarnation of my career is in the process of becoming.

I chose an artistic and creative path because nothing feels better to me than manifesting into the world the beauty that I feel in my own mind, heart, body and soul.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My work has always been based, first and foremost, upon my own personal journey towards spiritual understanding and truth. When I was in my early 20’s, I lost my relationship partner to suicide. I experienced such an intense and deep trauma at that time. When I found yoga, it was as if a magnet was pulling me towards the light–not a light outside of me; an inner light.

As I began to heal myself, I knew that anyone could heal from whatever it was that caused them suffering. From the beginning, what set me apart as a teacher was the intensity of both my personal experience and my commitment to healing. Even as yoga became an exercise fad across the country, I feel proud to say that I always held firm to the belief that it is first and foremost a practice of spiritual healing and upliftment.

In the past 25 years as a teacher, I have had the privilege of working with everyone from the world’s biggest celebrities to people with terminal illness. I’ve had every opportunity that a yoga teacher starting out could wish for. I know that I got to where I am, by constantly doing the work of uncovering my inner light and helping others to believe that they could do the same. I’ve never marketed myself in any traditional sense. I just held true to the journey I was on and let word of mouth do it’s thing.

The most important lesson that I learned along the way was never to give up. Never give up on yourself. Never give up on another person. You must believe, believe, believe that the sun will shine again–even when clouds have completely obscured it from view. If I possess a singular gift in life, it is my ability to hold onto that belief for myself and others. Its what attracts people to me as a teacher and friend..

Honestly, I don’t care if the world knows anything about my brand or story. I’ve given up trying to make the story about me. The story is about you. Who are you truly? Who are you when your mind is at peace? Who are you when your heart is full? If I can help anyone to answer those questions way, then I have done my job.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m not much for nightlife and going out, so our trip would definitely start in my beautiful garden. I’d cook a beautiful meal and we’d eat outside, hanging with my dogs.

If we were going to do something sacred, I’d take my friend to the Self-Realization Fellowship Mother Center in Mount Washington. It is one of the most spiritually charged places in LA.

I also love Malibu, so we’d have to spend the day there. We’d probably hang and the beach at the bottom of the stairs at Point Dume and then get smoothies at Sun Life Organics.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have had so many teachers along the way. There would be too many to thank them all name. I remember one of my mentors telling me to look at everyone as your teacher. Some rub you right and some rub you wrong, but each person on your path has something to teach you.

At this point in my journey, however, I’d like to give a shout out to the teachings of Abraham-Hicks. Since 2018, Abraham has been my spiritual mentor. I have managed to to transform and evolve my life in radical ways since I came across these teachings. All the teachings are free and on youtube and nothing is asked of you other than that you become happy. That’s a win win.

Website: yoeddie.com

Instagram: @yoeddie

Youtube: youtube.com/yoeddie

Image Credits
Eddie Marashian Fred Sala

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