lineages and traditions of Yoga (including
Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vini Yoga).
A stint studying aviation in college and
ten years working in commercial aircraft
leasing and sales expressed another aspect of his love of movement. After he
left aircraft behind (at least the sale of
them), his wanderlust took him around
the world, including bodywork and Gestalt therapy study at Esalen. He decided
to settle in Venice, partly because he felt
comfortable in its diversity and grittiness, and partly due to the collection of
teachers who have traveled through L.A.
Pfeiffer is a continual student who
searches out present-day pioneers in
the field of human movement including
regular travels to Europe to spend time
with one of his current teachers, Hubert
Godard in France, who, Pfeiffer quipped,
doesn’t even have a website.
All of this could be seen as dabbling.
He cites that a teacher who told him the
story of the person who digs many shallow wells rather than digging one deeply.
But Pfeiffer has his own analogy for his
experimentation. He likens himself as a
centipede, with many legs to stand on
and many options to play with in movement. The body (in all of its layers) has
many possibilities, many wells. We can
do both: move like water and hug the
muscle to the bone.
To fully express these possibilities, he
values versatility, and would like to see
more cross-pollination between Yoga
and other forms of somatic movement.
Pfeiffer says that twenty years ago he
would have expected to see more experimentation, more variation within the
Yoga community today.
When asked about his current practice,
Pfeiffer answers that every day he engages in some Yoga, tai chi, and walking.
“Walking and breathing.”
Together these are the cornerstones of
our repetitive human movement.” Walk-
ing is a repetitive movement where we
transfer more than 100,000 pounds of
weight daily—just walking. “If you start
to break down walking, you’ll make
yourself crazy; there is so much that goes
on.” But if you over think it, Pfeiffer
says; then you’re not in grace. The grace
contributes to the unification of the self
and the other.