We interview Tyr Throne on his world travels, his healing modality Somalogy, his experiences as a ballet dancer, living and working in Bali, and much more.
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Tyr: Hello my name is Tyr Throne and I’m the founder of Somalogy. And for many years I felt like a conscious nomad. I almost died. If you’re ever flying and like a week after flying, you feel a weird pain in your leg or have trouble breathing, please go to the hospital. I had like blood clots and I was trying to meditate it away, and luckily my assistant in Germany is a medical doctor and she said, “Go to the hospital now.” When I was recovering, I realized I just didn’t need to live in New York anymore. I mean New York is a really great place and it’s kind of like the joke of you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. It’s kind of like squeezes you and forms you like a diamond. But then I just realized I really wanted to travel and teach, and so I’ve been teaching the Somalogy work which is very good for back and neck problems and posture and more flexibility in many places, North Carolina, South Carolina, Hawaii, Germany, Italy, Thailand.
And now I’m kind of based in Bali and then traveling around and teaching. It’s just really, really wonderful. One of my favorite quotes and kind of my motto is live light, travel light, spread the light and be the light by Yogi Bhajan.
Then it’s wonderful to let go of all the stuff. When I started out my location independent life... I used to pick up girls for a living. I was a ballet dancer and so I got to travel all around the world picking up beautiful women and making them look great and setting them down safely. It was wonderful to travel around and share something inspiring and then I transitioned into a kind of sports medicine and work that could help the people and have had some wonderful teachers. And a lot of my teachers were really conscious nomads like Moshé Feldenkrais who traveled all around the world and Gabrielle Roth. So it’s just wonderful to live and travel lightly not have so much stuff and share and help people and I get such good energy back because I help someone. There was all this love and appreciation comes back. It’s just a wonderful lifestyle.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss was really a great book to read and that they’d be excited and realized that I don’t have to—for me it was about not having to be tied to so much stuff. And the American lifestyle has so much materialism and manipulation to get you to be like a human wallet. And I just wanted to let all that go and concentrate on service and value and really enjoying my life. And when I almost died, that was such a wonderful wakeup call. I made a will and thought about what I wanted to leave for the world. And realized it was very important to write a book, which I’m working on now and make some films and some other really wonderful things and share what I could with the world. I’m in here in Ubud. I’m working at Taksu which is a really beautiful place and I’m feeling really nice support there for helping people. And I also wanted to create like kind of a virtual support system. So there’s some things you could see on the screen about Facebook groups I have for runners and for dancers and for people who sit at the computer who want to feel more comfortable and things like that you can check out and enjoy.
Bram: You’ve mentioned a number of different places you’ve traveled to. What has the flow of your travel been like lately? Have you been hitting places fairly often or staying longer in places before you move on to the next place?
Tyr: I go to Germany two or three times a year to teach the Youthing system at some wonderful places, Yoga Vidya in Bad Meinburg which is an amazing yoga center and also in Hanau through the practice of Dr. Hank Herman. And I’ve taught for years in Italy. Usually I go and I teach about six days and I stayed for maybe two weeks to work with people. And I also teach in Northern Germany, in a beautiful area called Ostia which is the north sea area of Germany.
And then I go to New York twice a year in the spring and fall, the best times to be in New York City for about a month. And through training there and also work with clients. I have some wonderful clients which really help me to develop my work with some amazing professional dancers and also some rare people that have become very dear friends. And because I directed a—I had a theater in New York for many years, I have a lot of connections there and performing arts. And so it’s always wonderful to be back in New York City.
Bram: Alright at this point you said Bali is kind of the hub and you’re moving out from here.
Tyr: Yeah I’m going to make a Bali, Ubud , Bali which is paradise, a beautiful place to live, my home-base for now. And then I’ll be going to teach in Germany and Italy and Thailand and other places. Throughout the year in New York City. There’s also interesting Australia and New Zealand, Greece. A lot of other places that want me to come and teach so I’m organizing that now.
Bram: Based on what you do, you’re in high demand. That’s a nice place to be.
Tyr: It’s wonderful. I just tried—I had wonderful teachers and I just try to be of service and make it fun, make the trainings fun. And it had a combination of the body work. It can fix body problems but also exploring movements so that you can feel more free and really good and comfortable in your body and yourself.
Bram: Well you mentioned a number of things that you like about being location independent, letting go of some of your possessions and things like that. What are some of the other things you find attractive about living a location free lifestyle.
Tyr: I love learning other languages. I’ve tried to learn a little bit of the—I’m doing Indonesian classes now here in Bali and tried to learn German, and Italian, and all the other languages and it’s amazing different ways of thinking. And it’s so stimulating and I just I also have an ongoing relationship. The professional training program, it’s six-day segments but it’s four years long. So I really am coming back and getting to know the people and really enjoy helping them, mentoring them to build their practices.
And in the Youthing trainings which are more experiential for people who want to feel more comfortable in their body for themselves not to be professional therapists, that a lot of the people are repeating that also so I can see the evolution and that’s very deeply satisfying for me. And I love feeling like I have ongoing relationship with Germany and ongoing relationship with Italy and Hawaii and these places and it’s wonderful just to invest of yourself and to feel a great return of building tribe and family and friends.
Bram: Yeah continuity. Tell us about some of the favorite places or even events that you’ve traveled to. You’ve mentioned quite a few different places that you’ve gone. Any of it stand out right now?
Tyr: With the places that I talked about in Germany, in Hanau and at Yoga Vidya are really amazing places to work. Taksu here in Ubud is a fantastic place, a very beautiful healing center and support system. Worked at sanctuary Koh Phangan in Thailand, a very beautiful area. And in South Carolina, at the University of South Carolina or the dance department and with Dr. Rudolph Valentine, art groups. I’m attracted to the places where there’s a lot of spiritual people kind of gather and I can just come and be a source of inspiration, a source of resources.
I feel very grateful for all the training that I got about the body and also some amazing dance teachers. I learned a lot from professional dance and how I dance professionally for over 20 years. My body became a laboratory and what I can learn from that and also what are the funny benefits of dancing is I got injured so often and learning to heal all of my injuries. I’ve injured pretty much every part of my body and learning to heal all of those parts makes me a very good healer, if you have injured your knee, or your back, or your hip for an example or your shoulder.
Bram: What are some of the most important skills or abilities that have enabled you to maintain this lifestyle and to be sustainable for you?
Tyr: I think the most important skill and ability is curiosity. You always learning, I think, generosity. I’m actually very generous and love to give a lot. I will stay up all late all night doing something and I have so much passion for what I’m doing it’s a wonderful store. So I think in order to be free, it’s a wonderful kind of freedom to get to a certain level of skill at something. I have a lot of skill in that I can—because of my wonderful teachers and years of people just standing in front of me and saying, I can’t jump anymore off my right leg. Can you help me? I’ve had the surgery. I still can’t jump.
And so just developing like a Sherlock Holmes kind of skill of being able to see what’s wrong and then from experience being able to fix it, and just getting people back to do what they love so they can jump again, they can dance again, they can run again, they sit at the piano and play music for the professional musicians and some musicians will come to me there and so much pain they can’t play and they’re just in terror of losing their life really. So it’s a wonderful thing to be able to help that, and usually I can help it in just one or two sessions and give them things that they can do themselves that feel very pleasurable. So they want to do them that help them to just be able to do what they love. And that’s really, really satisfying.
And I would say it’s also just having the sense of courage, I was lucky and that I got such support that I really could have the sense of courage that I just could take away the safety belt and just jump and fly and just realize now I can live anywhere and then just travel to the places to teach. And for me it’s important, in terms of a day-to-day lifestyle to have a place where I can give. To have a place of support system like Taksu here where I can go in and do really good work and it’s fully supported, wonderful reception, staff and everybody taking care of the place for me.
So I can just show up and be open to listening and seeing and intuition and figuring out what you need and just be there. And I’m so blessed and that that system exists for me through my students in Germany and Italy and New York and other places. So now I just also am really enjoying and I think it’s very important now to write a book about it. To create something that’s also shareable. And I’m doing that invites now through Facebook, through the different groups, creating support structures. I want to create interactive things that people can use like video games, interactive things that they can use to help themselves.
Bram: Do you have any travel trips, any travel secrets for other location free folks?
Tyr: To travel light. Lighter and lighter and lighter. I travel with one rolling bag. That’s all I live with.
Bram: Carry on or check-in?
Tyr: I could carry it on even. I mean that’s how light I live. I have basically a little backpack with a laptop in it. And then I have one rolling bag that’s so small, I could even carry it on the plane. I usually check it in but I just really love living light. And so I have I mean basically, I’m packed with a yoga mat, a laptop, my iPhone, and very little else. And when I go there, I support the local people. I buy some local clothes. I have a couple of clothes that are weaking that I travel around that are really lightweight. And just leave a few clothes at different places where like if I go to a cold place like Germany, leave a jacket there. Don’t carry it on around the world. And I’m not afraid to lose stuff, to let it go, that I might never see it again. And just I realize what was important was the friends and people I really love, the family, service. And that was what was the focus on and not Madison Avenue advertising, if you don’t buy a deodorant, no one will ever love you kind of stuff. Let go of the materialism and just really focus in what makes me happy and making other people happy.
Bram: Yeah I think there are numbers of threads throughout these interviews that one of them most definitely is to simplify and that people are coming to terms with what’s really important. What do you really need to sustain yourself and to be happy? And a lot of this stuff that I currently have in storage right now back in the States obviously I don’t need it. It’s been in storage for a year. And so it’s helping us, as conscious nomads, is helping us to realize that the connection and the experiences of the things that are really rich and rewarding and that all that other stuff is just…
Tyr: There’s something in the news just now is that—and I joke in on Facebook. I say, “There’s finally a name for what’s wrong with America. It’s called Affluenza.” And there’s a young boy, a young man who just killed four people by drunk driving and he was let off by the court because his parents claimed they were too rich to teach him right from wrong. I mean this is very perfect for what we’re discussing right now. And I can become affluent from giving value in service, but then I want to give that back or do spiritual things with it instead of just buying a lot of stuff that I’m programmed into buying. I mean a whole school system is programmed to make people docile human wallets and consumers. We already asked earlier about inspirational places. Burning man is a very wonderful place and I go there when I can and I donate sessions. And it’s an amazing weight because money is illegal there. And it’s a gift to society and it’s a participatory society. So my gift is healing and then someone else will give me a pizza. When you’re there, when I was there in Burning Man, I was like, I wish life could be like this. And then I go out about designing myself to be more and more like this.
Bram: Yeah there are more and more enclaves where it is becoming more like that. Gifting groups and communities and people unplugging from the way that we’ve lived for so many years. That’s really wonderful to see it happening all over the world.
Tyr: Yeah. I mean a very simple thing that anyone can do is just go on a credit movement. Create your own money. Take all your money out of the banks. They will all collapse. And we just conform communities with our own currency or credit unions or something that just pulls the plug on the system.
Bram: What are some of the things that I think it’s important for our viewers that are maybe thinking of dripping everything and taking off around the world? What are some of the things that are difficult to do? We’ve talked about what excites you and what moves you and the freedom in all that but what are some of the things that should show up from time to time that are a little more difficult to deal with, that people should be aware of.
Tyr: Well, two things. One, one slightly different practice, one of the first things you have to do is figure out a funny riddle which is what is not selfish but makes you very happy. So what is a way of service and value that you can do where you can create something that is a solution that really helps people. But it also makes you happy. I mean a lot of people are only focusing, to my humble opinion, they’re really focusing on a kind of selfish “What do I want to do? What makes me happy?” And they miss that essential service thing which I’m really grounded in.
I’m really grounded in that I want to provide something good for the world. And that altruistic flavor or scent of something is very, very important. Then the second aspect of which we talk about, the challenges are... I mean there could be loneliness. But if you’re very friendly and you set up and you network and stuff, you can very quickly attract a wonderful tribe. Like here in Ubud, there’s amazing people and you can just you need to get out of your shell and get away from the internet and go out and meet some real people and interact with people. With that said, Facebook has been fabulous for me. I have over 4,000 getting up to 5,000 friends now all around the world. And I really use that to network and interrelate, and even before I moved to Ubud, I already had like 50 friends here.
They were just Facebook friends. Most of them I had never even met. But I could then cultivate that and meet them when I got here and it’s just... I think living in this very spirit of generosity is really important, generosity and passion. There are challenges when you go into like I just spent the last six months in Nepal helping women at risk. Some of them have come in from abuse, others coming from the sex industry, helping them to have a better future and it was very difficult. I finally just gave up. It was just too difficult, the corruption, the dirt, the pollution. The mountains are very beautiful but it’s become—you kind of end up just going through so much road construction now. It’s like a war zone. And the corruption is just crazy. It’s like day-to-day everywhere all through the fabric.
I have found places that I would like to visit but less places that I would like to live with it. Your home-base is important. It should be spiritual. It should be supportive. It should be nurturing and if it’s not, move, leave, find someplace else. I mean sometimes people are stuck to kind of dysfunctional families. I don’t mean their real family but the dysfunctional like a support system. And sometimes and I think it’s very important that we nurture ourselves and we nurture very healthy place and a healthy lifestyle. And find a healthy support system that we can nourish that nourishes us back.
Bram: Well, as conscious nomads, we should be able to move around until we find that one place that really feels right.
Tyr: One of the big challenges is, going back to the value piece, is going back to something ideally that’s virtual. Some kind of virtual benefit that you can give so then you can live anywhere. I think anyone interested in this like really read the new updated version like the 4-hour Workweek. And then other books that are kind of in that hemisphere. I have a link of 10 other books that are really related to that. I’ll share on Facebook. And these kind of books talk about finding your passion but they’re really grounded in the success stories of people who found their value. And how to organize it and I mean Tim Ferriss is a funny guy but he’s also graduated from Stanford. I mean he’s a very smart guy also and a very smart businessman. It comes across as just really like a hoot but it’s really well-grounded. Lots of very good information in there.
Bram: And I rather doubt he only works four hours a week based on…
Tyr: He’s very honest but you have to do whatever it takes in the beginning. You might work hundreds of hours a week in the beginning. But the goal is to streamline. The goal is to automate. The goal is to take it to embrace technology and to really figure out what you can delegate, what you can work in partnership with. Really to figure out what’s your special gift, your dharma. What’s the reason you came to earth? What do you have to offer? Many people that I know, I call them professional vacation people, they hate their work.
They finish their work as fast as they can in two, three hours a day and then they spend the rest of the time at the office just planning their next vacation. And then they go in vacation and the coffee that comes isn’t hot enough. And oh my whole day is ruined, my whole vacation is ruined. So this is not a life. This is living through that kind of existence. I live in a place where people would love to come for vacation. And now I only teach in places where I would love to go on vacation and I get paid for it. And it’s just being very disciplined to do good value and to be professional. I’m very spiritual person but I’m very professional and in a way that I interact with my support system. And that’s vital.
The challenges are I think if you’re willing to learn languages where you go, a lot of the challenges reduce because a lot of people, they go some place and then they complain that it’s not like New York. Like they don’t know how to do life, or how to live. But if I go and I learn the language and I immerse myself in the culture and I find out what’s special and good and beautiful about it, a lot of the petty irritations would go away. But the real meaning of nirvana means accepting things as they are. So if I accept the rude as it is, it’s hot, and if I just enjoy being hot and accept what it is, it’s fine. But if I wanted to be cool like New York City is in October, I would be miserable.
So there’s a lot of wonderful conveniences and smooth ways, things are done in New York city but they’re also a lot of stress and rudeness and things like that. And a lot of other places in the world like Thailand and Bali, the people are very sweet and respectful. And if you clue into that and really treat them as human beings and try to speak with them and understand them, there’s so much warmth and so much love that comes back. It really creates the living somewhere else is very, very beautiful. And then I make lists and when I go back to New York twice a year I get the things that you can’t get other places.
But generally I want to really live this life and support others in really living theirs more comfortably with a lot of my work is helping the dignity back. The people will get in a lot of pain for being all hunched over the computer and helping their postures so they can come into like the computer goes out of their body and come in to a real position of dignity and feeling really wonderful in their body.
Bram: Wonderful to know you’re available for that kind of thing. Do you feel that living a conscious location-independent lifestyle as you do and as many of the people that you interact with do is bringing anything of significant value to the world at large? I don’t know if you’ve thought about that question or not.
Tyr: Oh absolutely. I mean I feel… See, a metaphor is that if the world needs to shift to be more feminine in the archetype, if it’s too—if there’s a distortion like if everything’s been distorted to be too masculine. I’m just proposing something. And that could be rapacious. Like raping the earth, raping the world. And so the healing for that would be to go more into the feminine, the feeling, sensual things that mattered instead of time and money.
So it would be manipulated to a time and money existence. Then something like what you call conscious nomad I think is a great concept, people becoming more conscious is the healing. And if the nomadic means that they empower themselves to move or do whatever it is that we’d be more healthy for them, this makes a healthier world. Because if we are being manipulated to be more like mindless consumers, and if this is causing the rape of the planet and the devastating effects on ecology, I mean we have to wake up. Ecology and very new values, sustainability, sufficiency has to become way more important than materialism.
We’re all going to die and our grandchildren are going to be wearing plastic bubbles and looking at us and guilt-tripping us. How could you let this happen? And we don’t need to do that. Just stay on 10 different watches and four different cars to be manipulated in all of these ways. So the conscious nomad is kind of going directly to a solution. More and more people are choosing—I mean consciousness is even more important than being location free.
But the location free idea is just thinking that you’re not bound to one spot, or you’re not bound to where you’re landed or you’re not bound to where your parents landed. It’s great to be close to your family but sometimes you have to go away for a while and develop and grow and then you can—I came back and was able to give so much richness to my family around my father’s death. So that was a very beautiful thing to go away for a while and learn and develop my own work.
Bram: That’s a great perspective. That’s a little different then than the responses that a number of people have given but it’s really a valuable perspective. Thank you. Any last thoughts that you’d like to share with the viewing audience out here?
Tyr: Yeah. Take time to meditate, take time to dance, to do yoga, to feel yourself. I think it’s a Nietzsche quote that if you’re just still long enough, the universe will roll in ecstasy at your feet. And everything will be revealed. So I need these periods of deep silence and of feeling myself, of dancing alone, of spending a long time in the yoga practice alone, not in class, to really feel myself.
And I get so many insights and I must have my iPhone next to me to take notes and so I think we really need to follow our bliss as Joseph Campbell said. And the only thing I would add in is to really focus on the value as well. And then you can really have the freedom to follow your bliss. One of my most inspirational teachers, Gabrielle Roth, says it very beautifully. She says, “Do you have the discipline to be a free spirit?”
Contact: www.facebook.com/TyrThrone or www.somalogy.com