I have been an avid practitioner and teacher of yoga for most of my adult life. I started first with Astanga yoga (by following the vigorous series of postures out of a book) and then, when I moved to New York, I regularly practiced Jivamukti yoga (which is a multi faceted study of ancient yoga principles as applied to modern life). For many years I also studied African and Afro-Carribean dance, and I pondered the cosmic connections between yoga and rhythm as I learned to move in sync with my breath and the beat.
Since 2007, I’ve become deeply immersed in Buddhist meditation techniques, and I keep up a regular meditation practice of an hour or so each day.
I began teaching yoga in 2007 and becoming a teacher has been a natural culmination of my lifelong exploration of humanity, and the mind-body phenomenon that makes us special.
I’ve always been driven by a quest for spiritual understanding, and my curiosity led me on a six-month study of yoga and Tantric philosophy in the land where it was born: India. Apart from the magical subcontinent, I’ve spent several years living in Spain, Japan, Ghana and Costa Rica and many more years frequently traveling throughout large parts of Europe, Asia, West Africa, the Carribean, and Latin America. My travels have informed my learning as much as my formal study of the world’s great spiritual traditions, such as, 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 expressing our common divinity is difficult, if not impossible, given our modern urban living conditions. So I focus my teaching on creating the conditions for a healthy body and a clear mind. I teach how to use the breath and conscious movement in order to access and release an inner wisdom that you might not have known you already have. With this in mind, my teaching will variously combine challenging physical practice, calming meditation, therapeutic stretching, and careful breathing techniques.
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