Practice with Rolf
President and Spiritual Director of the Himalayan Institute and a clinical psychologist in private practice, Rolf Sovik has studied yoga in the United States, India, and Nepal. He holds degrees in philosophy, music, Eastern studies, and clinical psychology. Former Co-Director of the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo, NY he began his practice of yoga in 1972, and was initiated as a pandit in the Himalayan tradition in 1987. He is the author of Moving Inward, co-author of the award-winning Yoga: Mastering the Basics, and a contributor to Yoga International.
Interview with Rolf
What style of yoga do you practice and teach? Is there a particular tradition or lineage you are a part of?
I have been a student of Swami Rama (1925–1996), Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, and the Himalayan Institute since 1972. [Rolf Sovik is the current President of the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.]
What can I expect from your classes?
These days I am happy to offer guided audio meditation and relaxation—gentle practices that can help you relax your body and mind.
What’s on your mind these days yoga-wise?
I am soon moving into the fourth stage of life—a time for reflection, it seems. The Himalayan Institute, under Pandit Rajmani [Chairman and Spiritual Head], is exploring the tantric worldview, and I am grateful to be exposed to such a genuine source of this teaching. At the same time, I continue to learn from the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by all these teachings.
What do you like to do outside of yoga?
Without sounding vain, it is hard to see anything that truly lies outside of yoga. A bit of golf, the genius of Glenn Gould and Oscar Peterson, an occasional novel, Beethoven's 6th and 7th symphonies, the violin concertos of Beethoven and Brahms, and the news—these things still hold my attention.