Mike Ruffino

Mike Ruffino
200HR CERTIFIED |50HRS in Sculpt Yoga| YACEP, NASM Certified Trainer with non-certified training in Hatha, Budokon, Osho Meditation, and Kundalini
"Yoga with weights”: this was the Google search that changed Mike’s life. In 2013, he was honored to represent the United States in a 4-day international dogsled race—Fjall Raven Polar—that covered over 300 miles of frozen Arctic wasteland. Having only a background in martial arts and a hatred for the gym environment, Mike wanted to find something that had dynamic movements that would help him build strength. Beyond basic conditioning, his experience with weighted yoga helped him feel more at peace, more connected, and more encouraged than any boredom-obliterating hobby; he was hooked, and like any good drug, Mike did it everyday when he returned from the race.
His pursuit of yogic truth has led him around the world, compelling him to train with gurus and guru-killers from Miami to Belfast and Kathmandu to his home, Orange County. It is his dream to see the idea of “yoga with weights” evolve and become its own independent form of yoga with the legitimacy and wisdom of thousand-year-old styles coupled with the most up-to-date scientific insights into optimal human performance.

When he is not pursuing this dream, he is off on some ill-conceived exodus into whatever macabre circumstance the next destination affords him. He has traveled to 49 countries and 37 states. Mike feels most comfortable when alone in high-risk situations of unforeseeable outcome. Additionally, he is a competitive gondola racer, holding the most medals in the United States, and before his days are done, Mike hopes to see gondola racing progress to the Olympic level.

Favorite Yoga Move: 

The Manipura Chakra Mudra, Nadi Shodhana, and the Chandra Namaskar sequence

How Has Yoga Benefited You The Most: 

For as long as I can remember, I have aligned myself with groups that have attempted to tame me—or to create in me insecurities that would lead to my own self-ascribed bondage. Yoga was the first community that truly encouraged me to be as wild as I’ve always known I am. I am continually reminded that this community has a soft spot for maniacs and that it can even help me craft my mania into a tool that draws others into Union.

Reason Started Doing Yoga: 

I started Yoga to train for a competition; in 2013, I represented the United States in Fjall Raven Polar, an international dogsled race in the Arctic Circle.

5 Words That Describe Your Teaching Style: 

FUN - Wild - Wise - Enlightening - Exhausting