Who was Roger Eischens?
First of all, Roger was my yoga teacher and best friend. I watched Roger help many people heal sport injuries, recover from surgery, and become happier. Roger had an amazing gift to help other people heal. In his humility, he never took credit for how he helped other people. The source of his magic was Great Spirit.
On a more practical level, Roger educated himself all the time. Anyone who knew Roger, knew that he read a lot. He constantly read books about balancing the mind, body, emotions, and spirit. Some of Roger’s favorite books include Vibrational Medicine for the 21st Century by Richard Gerber, M.D., Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar, and The Yoga of Light – Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Hans-Ulrich Rieker. Roger held master’s degrees in Kinesiology, Developmental Psychology, and Human Biology. He was an all star basketball player, football player, and wrestler. Roger coached football and other athletics at three universities.
On top of all that, Roger traveled to Pune, India for over 15 years to study with Yoga Master, B.K.S. Iyengar, and his children Geeta and Prashant Iyengar. If you wanted to become a yoga teacher back in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, you had to travel to India to study with a Guru year after year. If the student showed devotion, aptitude, and adequate understanding of the science and art of yoga, then the student received their guru’s blessing to teach yoga. Roger was granted this blessing by B.K.S. Iyengar, but for various reasons, he chose not to call himself an Iyengar teacher. Instead, Roger chose to call what he taught High Energy Yoga, a mindful yoga practice that could transform your energy into a higher vibration. One of Rogers favorite sayings was, “Where awareness goes, energy flows, and energy flows, where awareness goes.”
What is Transformational Work?
Out of Rogers desire to teach others to heal themselves, he came up with Transformational Work. Transformational Work is a unique style of teaching, learning, and practicing yoga that addresses the needs of each individual according to their specific constitution and physical condition. The premise of Transformational Work is that it’s difficult to see our self. One way we can see our self is with the guidance and one-on-one assistance of a teacher, highly trained in Transformational Work. With practice, Transformational Work liberates you from imbalanced, ingrained habitual patterns, cultivates positive thoughts, actions, and deeds, and restores free-flowing energy that makes your life easier.
Studying with Roger Eischens
All of us who had the divine opportunity to study with Roger Eischens were deeply changed. Roger challenged us to move out of our personal habitual thinking and moving patterns. These habitual patterns keep us stuck in imbalance. If we practiced and studied with Roger long enough, we began to see where we were stuck, imbalanced, or misaligned. More importantly, Roger offered us a way to heal, balance, and align our body, mind, heart, and spirit.
Prior to his death in December of 2004, there were many of us who studied extensively with Roger, the founder of High Energy Yoga (now Eischens Yoga). There are many qualified Eischens Yoga teachers. Check out www.eischensyoga.com for a complete list of Eischens Yoga teachers. I am the Director of Eischens Yoga and I teach yoga throughout the Midwest. I studied and trained extensively under Roger in the healing arts and sciences of ayurveda, kinesiology, anatomy, alignment, and yoga.
Kari Tomashik is a true and kind teacher of Eischens Yoga. She has taken Roger Eischen’s groundbreaking work much further. Kari is both a very clear communicator who can help the uninitiated and experienced practitioner to learn about their body/mind/spirit, and an experimenter who keeps her ego out of the way of her focus on the learner.
I met Kari on my travels in Pai, (Thailand). I was so lucky to have the chance to practice with her on my morning sessions. Kari showed me with a few words and gentle adjustments the way to open my heart. But more valuable to integrate & strengthen that open heart. Kari is an authentic,natural born teacher who shares her experience from deep down in her beautiful heart! Everlasting gratitude."
I had the distinct pleasure of studying yoga and taking classes with Roger and Kari in Madison for around four years. I learned volumes! As another student put it, their method of teaching is like the “philosopher’s stone” applied to yoga. Classes were both insightful and delightful on account of Kari’s whimsical sense of humor. The vibe was intense and focused yet without taking anything too seriously. We had fun while devoting ourselves to precise alignment. I highly recommend their Iyengar-style technique and Kari‘s personal teaching style!"
I have known Kari for a number of years. She is unequaled in her dedication to using yoga as a vehicle to understand her place in the world and make an impact in the lives of those she encounters. She has a deep knowledge of the workings of the human body – derived from her personal practice and her many years of teaching. She approaches each individual as a unique person and treats all with respect. Besides that, she has a great sense of humor and an assured yet gentle manner."