Following is some information on my journey with mind/body practices as a student and teacher.  Go here for articles, videos and other yoga-related content.


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In 1991-ish, I took a class on Asian Art History with Linda Penkower, and that changed my life.  She introduced me to Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, and Taoism as world-views.

Reading the Tao Te Ching shattered all of my existing paradigms of reality. Lao-Tzu's exploration of the relationship between yin and yang, man's relationship to nature, and man's relationship to man helped me to contextualize non-dualism in a way that worked for me. 

 

Right then and there, in my early 20's, I began a new way of looking at and experiencing the world.  Rather than right-and-wrong, me-and-you, I shifted towards a seeking of non-dualism, shades of grey, and the idea that ambiguity, change, and polarity are what make 'the world go round'.

I share this, because my point of entry into 'yoga' was first and foremost through philosophy, and more specifically through the study of Taoism.  As the years after graduate school progressed, I started a physical (asana) practice in both the Ghosh and Krishnamacharya lineages from India.  I began teaching asana in 2002 and have been specializing in integrating Taoist concepts with floor work (Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga) since 2007.  I now am a teacher of teachers, sharing Tao with folks who teach Yin Yoga. 

I've had opportunity to sit with and learn from Mantak Chia in Esoteric Taoism, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche in Vajryana Buddhism, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj in the Science of Spirituality, and sweat with a Medicine Man from the Pacific Northwet.  I've also spent time with a Sufi, a Shik, a Pagan Healer, and even a Zen Priest.  

My teaching, therefore, is not what is typically defined as yoga in America.  I'm a bit of a universalist when it comes to Teaching...   I draw from these lineages as well as the work of Marshall Rosenberg, Stanislav Grof,  George Gurdjieff, Carl Jung, Mister Rogers, and more.