I am not certain when I “started” practicing yoga. As I look back on it, I see I was always interested, even at a very young age. I slept cross legged at the age of 7 or 8, sat in Padmasana in my school chair in 4th grade, age 9 – 10. I played with sitting still and quieting my thoughts with my best friend at the age of 12-14. Went to a talk about Transcendental Meditation (TM) in the fall of 1971 (age 17) and that feels like when the real committed practices began. I found “Light on Yoga” by BKS Iyengar in 1974 and met Sri K Pattabhi Jois in September of 1980. He was my first yoga teacher in the flesh, that I can remember. I studied with him intensively for over 18 years and continued intermittently until his death May 18th, 2009, at the age of 94.
Many other teachers have influenced me over the years and continue to do so to this day… I feel the desire to always be a student, sometime to have the responsibility to share my experiences and ‘teach.’
I hope it helps people.