Pathways to Wellness
Apr 01, 2011 04:53PM
By Elizabeth Daniels
Eric Banter was just three years old when his mother, Linda Banter, first exposed him to yoga in the late 1960s. He recalls his mother getting up every morning to meditate and was always struck by how peaceful she looked. She also taught him about healthy eating habits, mental and physical self-healing practices, discipline and perhaps most importantly, love.
Those lessons have stuck with Banter throughout his life and inspired him to bring wellness into the lives of others as owner and instructor at Pathways to Wellness, also known as Village Yoga.
He began his own journey when he began exploring raja yoga as a child. He realized early on the many benefits he could reap from the practice, and as his practice deepened, he began to recognize the power raja had to transform the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual being of a person and bring a lasting peace and satisfaction in one’s life. It also made him more aware of his own spiritual journey. “The goal of yoga is to create body awareness, which usually results in people becoming more mindful, present and aware of their lives and actions,” he explains. “Many describe this as the ‘spiritual’ aspect of yoga—the basic mindfulness that balance can bring to our lives.”
In 2007, along with his beloved mother, he opened Pathways to Wellness as a way to help others live their best life. He received his 200 hour yoga teacher training specializing in hatha yoga from the renowned Nancy Schalk, and with this training, says he was able to grow his physical practice (hatha yoga) amidst his meditative practice (raja yoga) to complete his eight limbs of practice, Ashtanga Yoga.
Now, at Pathways, he uses his knowledge as a Purdue graduate, engineer, entrepreneur, and software developer working in the corporate world to help kids, stay-at-home moms, and working professionals find well-being among the high demands and fast pace of our American culture. “Our goal is to create a space that people can take pauses; to realize that this is a safe haven, a place to find balance,” says Banter.
Pathways offers numerous services including yoga classes, yoga teacher training, Pilates, advanced flexibility training (AFT), lifestyle counseling, seminars and nutritional supplements and much more—all designed to share the knowledge of wellness with others, and all a part of what he calls his “journey of service.”
A significant part of his spiritual journey is his work in Haiti, a place to which he has traveled to on numerous mission trips along with fellow church parishioners. Each trip inspires him more than the last. “I look at these wonderful people and realize that despite all the things they don’t have, they are happy,” he says. “Even though I came down to serve the Haitian people, they end up serving me.”
Banter says he hopes to continue sharing the knowledge of wellness with others for many years to come and is looking forward to offering even more services including cooking classes, optimal health classes, couples retreats, video production and emersion vacations.
For now, he is grateful for the blessings in his life, and those he is able to share with others. “Knowing that through my practice, I can help others on their own journey of transformation motivates me each and every day to continue serving and loving others.”