ABOUT MY CLASSES
In my classes you will experience the practice of yoga as a spiritual discipline. I blend a time-honored understanding of the goal of yoga with an innovative and energetic practice to help us reach that goal.
The Jivamukti method uses controlled breathing (ujjayi pranayama) to link an elevated intention to continuous movement from start to finish (vinyasa krama). Sanskrit chanting, yoga philosophy, deep relaxation and meditation are all integrated into my classes.
Sound, psychology, and touch also play important roles in Jivamukti Yoga: I mix traditional kirtan chants with modern music tracks that reinforce the theme of the class, encourage a devotional orientation to elevate our intention, and use hands-on adjustments as an essential teaching technique.
More than anything else, I aim to make my classes personal and fun. The result is a feeling of physical, emotional, and spiritual completeness.
My interest in yoga and yogic mysticism surfaced early in life. As a youngster I was inspired by Gomez Addams; the relentlessly cheerful, spontaneously subversive and profoundly eccentric patriarch of the Addams Family who, as far as I know, was the first person, fictional or otherwise, to regularly do shirshasana (headstand) on primetime TV.
The devotional philosophy of bhakti yoga eventually provided the foundation for my spiritual practice and I was formally initiated into the Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition of Krishna bhakti, with its emphasis on kirtan, mantra meditation and the study of spiritual philosophy, in 1978.
The better part of the following four years were spent living in ashrams and spiritual communities. I expanded my yoga practice at the Jivamukti Yoga School in New York City in 2007 and dedicated myself to becoming both an accomplished practitioner and teacher of the Jivamukti method.
I completed my Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training with Sharon Gannon and David Life in 2009 and the Jivamukti Yoga Apprenticeship program with Maria Preuster in 2011, earning an 800-hour certification as a Jivamukti Yoga teacher. I currently teach studio classes, provide private instruction, lead workshops, and serve as a guest instructor for numerous Yoga Teacher Training programs.