TJ Maher 500 ERYT Yoga Alliance, YACEP [Yoga Alliance Cont. Ed. Provider], 200hr Qi Gong Teacher Certification, NYS Education Department Teacher Certification
TJ’s Yoga story began when he received a book, the Tao Te Ching, as a gift from his sister over 2 decades ago. The book poetically explores ideas that resonated with him then and continue to guide him today.
With an MFA in art and 6 years as a grade school art teacher TJ has a deep appreciation for the journey of self-exploration that is essential to learning. That paired with traveling, reading countless books, and decades of meditation TJ decided that the inward journey would be his focus.
TJ has studied a wide spectrum of modalities which kicked off when he took up residence at CAVE in Brooklyn NY, a Butoh Dance and performance space. Here he began to study movement with several visiting teachers from Japan, during this time TJ also began practicing Shaolin Kung Fu and Taiji with Sifu Shi Yan Ming, a 34th generation Shaolin Temple monk. Soon after he travelled to San Francisco to study Zen Calligraphy with Kazuaki Tanahashi, a teacher of Zen Buddhism. When possible, TJ also attends lectures and teachings offered by HH The Dalai Lama, including the Kalachakra Mandala teaching that was offered in Washington DC in 2010.
All of these studies eventually led him back to Taoism via Yin Yoga beginning with Bernie Clark's 60 hour Yin training in Vancouver. Next he studied with Corina Benner in her 30 hour Yin training in NYC. After that he found Stephanie Calhoun and took her 100 hour Yin training in New Brunswick Canada. TJ liked Stephanie's teachings so much he chose to pursue his 200 hour Yoga teacher training with her. From there he continued with her 100 hour Chakra training and 100 hour Restorative Yoga training, completing his 500 hour training in 2015. In November of that year TJ completed a 30 day solitary self-guided meditation retreat at Milarepa Center in Vermont.
Most recently TJ attended the first part of a Thai Yoga Massage certification with Sukha Wong at Kripalu Center in Massachusetts and completed a 200 hour Qi Gong Teacher Training in Thailand with Tevia Feng as well as ongoing Chen Taiji study with Sifu Yu Guo Shun in New York City. During the pandemic lockdowns TJ has studied virtually online with various teachers including Qi Gong with Sifu Shi Heng Yi, Sifu Yan Xin, Catharina Costanzo and Mimi Kuo Deemer. TJ has also begun studying Wudang Taiji with Lindsey Wei.