ABOUT MY CLASSES
I offer students a dynamic vinyasa practice infused with a devotional intention that integrates vigorous movement with focused attention. I encourage full-body breathing (ujjayi breath) as the means to keep one’s consciousness connected to the body at every moment for the duration of each practice, play an uplifting and eclectic music mix that echoes the philosophical theme of each class, and keep the mood light with a generous supply of humor and spontaneity. My classes commence with chanting as a centering technique, include sound bites of yoga philosophy to establish our trajectory, and conclude with meditation as a culmination of the practice. My goal is to lead a practice that illuminates the distinction between the moving and breathing body and the person who is watching the body move and breath. My hope is for every student to experience simultaneous feelings spiritual exhilaration and physical relaxation.
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 sirsasana (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 scriptural study, in 1978. The better part of the following four years were spent living in ashrams and intentional 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 to go with my E-RYT 200/RYT 500 certification from the Yoga Alliance. I currently teach studio classes, provide private instruction, lead workshops at yoga studios, conferences, and festivals, and serve as a guest instructor for numerous Yoga Teacher Training programs throughout the Mid-atlantic region.