I got my start learning Ashtanga yoga by following pictures in a book (while I was in law school). Then, when I moved to New York to work at a corporate law firm, I began regular practice at the Jivamukti Yoga School. Around that time I also started taking classes in African and Afro-Carribean dance.
In 2007, I went deeper when I started intense practice of Buddhist meditation techniques, which I continue to this day with a regular session of an hour or so each morning.
All this training combined together as I began to feel more in sync with my movements, my breath, and the rhythms in my life. During this time I continued to practice law and live a busy urban professional life, but I was finding it easier to maintain a balance in my body and mind.
I was inspired to start teaching in 2008 after I realized that I should share with others the wisdom I was integrating from the traditions of yoga, mediation, and dance. I especially wanted to share how it’s possible to strike a balance between a satisfying career and a mindfully healthy lifestyle.
I’ve always been interested in the world of human spirituality, and particularly the various wisdom traditions examining the mind-body phenomenon that makes us special. My curious nature has led me on many adventures. In 2008/09, I was so lucky to spend six months studying yoga, meditation, and Tantric philosophy in the land where it was all born—India.
I’ve also spent several years living in Spain, Japan, Ghana and Costa Rica, and many more years exploring large parts of Europe, Asia, West Africa, the Carribean, the India subcontinent, and Latin America.
My travels have informed my understanding of the world and life about as much as my formal study of the world’s great spiritual traditions, which has included Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, astrology, universal mythology, animism, and the mystical practices of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
What I have learned from it all is that we are each a distinct expression of a common divinity.
But I’ve also learned that recognizing our divinity is difficult given the reality of modern urban living. So I use yoga and meditation to create the conditions for a healthy body and a clear mind. In my teaching, I focus on how to use the breath and conscious movement in order to access and release an inner wisdom that we all already have.
I have had the great fortune to study with numerous master teachers including Dharma Mittra, Amma, Duncan Wong, Sharon Gannon, David Life, S.N. Goenka, Richard Gonzalez, Peniel Guerrier, Amit Singh, Chamtrul Rinpoche, Dwight Garcia, and Ann Robideaux.
My formal training includes:
- Certification in Yogic Arts (synthesis system of vinyasa yoga, Buddhist martial arts and Thai massage) by Duncan Wong
- Certification to Teach Children’s and Family Yoga by Asana Alphabet
- Vipassana 10-day silent retreats, with S.N. Goenka
- Adjustments, Ayurveda and Yoga Intensive with Amit Singh in Rishikesh, India
- Dream Yoga, 37 Practices of A Bodhisattva and Tibetan Vajra/Tantra Meditation, Seminars with Chamtrul Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India