Adam Brady
Adam Brady
Action Strength
Warrior of Light
Yoga teacher, author, and martial artist, Adam Brady has been a student of self development and conscious evolution for over 25 years. He is a certified instructor in both Primordial Sound Meditation and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga program through the Chopra Center for Well Being and regularly teaches in the Orlando, FL area. Adam holds a 1st degree Black Belt in To Shin Do under Mark Sentoshi Russo of the Tampa Quest Center and is a Phase 1 Instructor in Jeet Kune Do Concepts under Sigung Paul Vunak of Progressive Fighting Systems. He is certified by Harinder Singh Sabharwal of The Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association as a Level 1 Action Strength Instructor and in addition holds a Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification (HKC) through the RKC School of Strength. Adam is a graduate of Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, holding a B.A. in theater and is the author of Warrior of Light, a story that explores the path to higher awareness through the martial arts. Adam is dedicated to helping people transform their lives through a consciousness – based approach to living.

Adam has spent the last 20 years as a Cast Member in a variety of roles at Walt Disney World in Florida. His Dharma, Sanskrit for 'purpose in life', is to transform the lives of his students through the timeless teachings of Meditation, Yoga, and Martial Arts. In addition to teaching regular Primordial Sound Meditation Classes throughout the year, Adam also teaches weekly Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga and Meditation classes and is available for private, group, or corporate sessions on meditation, relaxation, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, and Stress Management. Please click below to contact Adam for further information or email him directly at:
Interview with Adam Brady
What drew you to the Chopra Center?

I think it was the unique blend of science and ancient wisdom traditions that really captivated me early on. Seeing that the discoveries of modern science could align so closely with great, thousand-year-old spiritual traditions was an incredible insight for me. Then you have Deepak and David, who are able to translate very abstract and esoteric knowledge into a practical and usable framework in our in world…that's amazing. Prior to discovering Deepak's work, I had read plenty of spiritual and metaphysical literature, but I never felt as if I really "got it". Deepak however, through his books and recordings seemed to resonate with me and I felt that I was able to grasp these concepts in a more profound and usable way.

How did you get started on the teacher's path?

I think I knew I wanted to teach meditation from the very first Chopra Center course I attended in 1997, Journey to the Boundless. My teacher, Roger Gabriel explained that if we really enjoyed meditating, we would enjoy teaching others that much more. I didn't know it then, but he couldn't have been more right. In teaching, we not only learn what we teach but we become it, so that only takes our own experience deeper. Although I only began the teacher's path in 2006, as soon as I had my first taste of teaching I was hooked.

What inspires you to teach?

Well, of course, David Simon, Deepak, Davidji, and everyone at Chopra Center University serve as a constant inspiration for me both in my life and in my teaching. But when I see the transformations that yoga or meditation help my students make in their own lives, that's really amazing to see. It helps me remember that I once was searching for answers and understanding and through the wisdom and the compassion of those who came before me, I was able to learn and grow. So it's only natural that I would want to pass this knowledge along to others.

How does your personal mission intersect with that of CCU?

In this time in history, I believe that there isn't a more important field of study than self-knowledge. I know that if all of us (humanity) were to really understand our true nature, healing, balance, and transformation would be inevitable, not just for individuals but for the entire human family. CCU is dedicated to those principles in the programs they offer and in their mission to help us as teachers to grow and evolve so we can be the most powerful tools for transformation in the world.

Tell us a little about your teaching philosophy.

I like to keep my classes light, comfortable, and down to earth. I want my students to feel as is these teachings are practical and accessible, not abstract or "far-out". I think if you make the classes casual and easygoing, people are less concerned about their self image and are more willing to let these teachings in and transform their lives. I also like to integrate a creative and lighthearted approach in my classes. I want my students to have fun and enjoy themselves. Plus, that lightheartedness often opens the door to a new way of expressing the material.

What is the biggest lesson you've learned as a teacher?

That teaching is just self-expression. It's not about a perfect performance; it's about being real and genuine and sharing from the heart. Having a real connection with my students is more important than the externals. The more I relax and embrace the experience, the more natural and spontaneous the class feels.

How has your teaching approach or style changed over the years?

Yes, initially I was very strict and "by the book". Once I became more comfortable with my classes (and myself) I became less worried about approval and just had fun. I still cover the entire curriculum, but it has a much more liberated feeling.

What do you love about sharing these teachings?

Seeing my student's faces light up when a new concept suddenly makes sense – knowing that they just experienced a shift in consciousness. It's awesome to be a part of that.

What is your funniest meditation story?

During one of my wife's races, I chose to sit on a park bench and meditate until she crossed the finish line. About 10 minutes into my meditation, I heard a voice that said, "Hello, Hello…Are you meditating?" I slowly opened my eyes and saw two ladies, Bibles in hand poised to preach the gospel to me. They asked if they could talk to me about Jesus and I agreed, even though I feared they would attempt a hostile takeover. In the end we had a nice conversation about the Christ's teachings and they went on their way and I finished my meditation. It was just so funny to hear, "Hello, are you meditating?" I almost wish I had been able to come up with a snappy response to answer the question…

What is your dosha and how do you keep your dosha in balance?

I'm a Vata. I'll never forget during my first Chopra Center event, Journey to the Boundless, all the participants were asked to take the mind-body questionnaire. Deepak then asked people to raise their hands if they thought they were Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. When I raised my hand, Deepak spotted me and asked me to stand up. He said, "Take a look at this guy, He's really a Vata!"

I stay in balance by doing my best to keep a regular schedule and get enough sleep. I also try to minimize my exposure to loud and crazy environments. Monitoring my activity level is really important as I have the tendency to push myself too hard and run out of gas. Of course, regular meditation is a must. I love Vata teas & spices and I've got a severe addiction to Biochavan.

Where did you grow up?

Ellwood City Pennsylvania, about an hour or so north of Pittsburgh. My parents had a 96 acre farm in the country, so spending time in nature was an everyday part of my life. As such I had a daily dose of pure potentiality, so when I moved to Florida, it was hard to get used to not having as much of that in the Orlando suburbs.

What's your favorite quote?

"Argue for your limitations, and you get to keep them." – Richard Bach, Illusions

What are your archetypes?

As a sci-fi geek, I draw some of my archetypes from that genre – Neo, from the Matrix. He's really this transcendental/young redeemer figure that entices us with the idea of being able to bend the rules of the reality we live in. Then there's Obi Wan Kenobi from the Star Wars Saga. I prefer that younger Obi Wan, the archetypal Jedi Master who is unfailing his dedication to the Force while being the epitome of a Knight of the Old Republic. I also love some of the classic Vedic Gods/Goddesses such as Krishna, Arjuna, Ganesh, Durga & Lakshmi. I grew up with Bruce Lee films, so his charisma, confidence, and philosophy have had a huge impact on my life. Finally there is the Powerful leader and explorer in the form of Captain Jean Luc Picard from Star Trek the Next Generation. Quite an assortment, but I love 'em all.

What was your most transcendental moment?

When I was 22 I took as trip to Europe with my college concert choir. We traveled through eight countries in 28 days giving concerts in ancient and beautiful cathedrals. While we were touring in Venice, Italy, we visited Saint Mark's Basilica. It was incredibly beautiful and ornate and just oozing with the sacred energy of hundreds of years of devotion. At one point we stopped to look at one of the huge stone pillars that were stained at about eye level. The tour guide explained that the stain was a water mark caused by a flood in Venice hundreds of years earlier. As I considered what I just heard, my brain simply boggled at the idea that this incredible building was standing so many years before our country had even been founded. My perspective and entire sense of self was suddenly forced to expand to accommodate this new level of understanding. It was a shift in perception that forever changed who I believed myself to be. I was, at the time, just punk that thought he had all the answers and felt like his worldview was the only one there was. That worldview was shattered in an instant as I realized that I was not who I thought I was. That radical reframing of who I was put me on the path that I continue to walk to this day. I don't know if that qualifies and Transcendental, but it was certainly a shift in consciousness for me!

What are your favorite books?

Illusions, by Richard Bach; The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, by Deepak Chopra; The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali; Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda; Spontaneous Evolution, by Bruce Lipton; The Tao of Jeet Kune Do, by Bruce Lee; The Gene in Your Genes, by Dawson Church, and The Book On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, by Alan Watts.

What's your favorite city?

Juneau, Alaska

Who would you most like to invite to a dinner party?

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bruce Lee, Kevin Smith, Harrison Ford, Deepak Chopra, Carl Sagan, Stephen K. Hayes, Keanu Reeves, Sting, Alan Watts, Jillian Michaels, Kaley Cuoco, Joseph Campbell, Joel McHale, Eckhart Tolle, and Walt Disney.

Where do you like to travel?

Alaska, Europe, especially Ireland