I began Classical Yoga training and study in 1972 and have been both an active participant in and astonished witness to the evolution of yoga in the US ever since. I began teaching Yoga in the late 70’s long before the “branding” of yoga.
My teaching is inspired by a personal four-decade journey along the many paths of Yoga and Meditation; academic study of Western and Eastern philosophy; struggles with translating Sanskrit Yoga texts into English; encounters with inspiring teachers, scoundrels and charlatans; explorations of life through meditation, Jungian analysis; business ventures such as founding a vegetarian restaurant, and computer school; creating the Internet’s first online database of Yoga postures; building Yoga and Meditation-related web stores; the directorship of a Yoga ashram; and the founding of a non-profit Yoga & Meditation studio.
Although I’m thrilled by the explosive popularity of Yoga today, I’m also convinced that other traditional dimensions of Yoga like spiritual inquiry, meditation and an openness to embrace all contemporary forms of wisdom would bring greater balance and insight to its practice. My teaching style is dialogical in nature and is informed by the insights of the ancient Yoga Shastras (Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, Samkhya Karika, the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, etc.) as well as the contemporary arts, modern psychology, and neuroscience.