Andrew’s journey with yoga started in 1986 and was initially driven by his enthusiasm for intense physical exercise and the aim to increase flexibility to enhance performance. Practices from Iyengar, Ashtanga, Hatha and teachers like Shandor Remete (Natanaga Zhander) and Larry Schultz formed the early foundation of his asana practice.
The pivotal moment in his yoga ‘journey’ came in 2000 when he attended a long weekend retreat of ‘ashtanga yoga’ at Mount Madonna with Baba Hari Dass. Andrew’s anticipation of an ‘ashtanga retreat’ was a weekend of hard sweaty asana work! Little did he know what awaited him and what ended up transforming his view of what ‘yoga’ really is about. Meditation, pranayama, chanting, philosophy and hatha yoga asana during that weekend brought him to realise that ‘ashtanga’ really means to incorporate not just asana but all the eight limbs of yoga. This retreat opened the path to a more integrated way of yoga practice and ultimately led him to completing his yoga teacher training with Baba Hari Dass in 2004.
Working as a senior executive in the IT industry, Andrew’s career took him to work and live in different parts of the world, yet often interrupting his intense work schedules with ‘sabbaticals’ practicing yoga in India, Asia and USA. This blessed him with the opportunity to practice with a myriad of amazing teachers from many yoga lineages and incorporate their wealth of knowledge into his personal practice and teaching.