Meet the amazing teacher behind Scottsdale Arizona's LifePower Yoga Studios, John Salisbury. A Vinyasa yoga teacher since 2000, Salisbury is perfect embodiment of a Spiritual Gangster; blending together a refreshing outlook between old-world and new world yoga inspiration. We sat down with John and got an inside look into his spirit animal, tattoos, and favorite Spiritual Gangster gear. For even more info on John, visit his website


Hometown: Phoenix Arizona


Astrological sign: Aries


What is your Spirit Animal? 

A Bear.  Strength, confidence, leadership, healing, strong grounding forces.  


Do you have any tattoos? 

Yes, an Aum, a picture of Stonehenge, a Shiva face, a Ganesha face, and Sanskrit lines.


What can't you live without? 

my wife and my new-born son

Describe your perfect day : 
Coffee, a yoga practice with pranayama and meditation, teach a yoga class, spend time with my family.  Maybe spin some tracks.

How did you start your journey of being a yoga teacher?

  I read Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda.  Then I called my step-father, Dave Oliver, and he continued to guide me.


Who were the most influential yoga teachers/mentors in your life?

Dave Oliver, Tim Miller, David Swenson, and Maty Ezraty.


Favorite yoga pose and why

So many to choose from, but Vishwamitrasana, the pose dedicated to the great Sage Vishwamitra. 


Favorite mantra: 

I’m in between the Shiva mantra and the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra.  Both very powerful.


Describe yourself in 3 words:  

Fun, chill, and intuitive.


Favorite Spiritual Gangster gear: 

I live in SG tank tops!






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