My philosophy is that moving our bodies is necessary both to survival and to happiness. I believe that most of our intelligence is generated from physical experience and therefore physical practice is woven inextricably into spiritual, intellectual, and religious practice.
I spent my time as an undergraduate studying comparative religions because I was interested in getting to the core of what it means to be a good person. In my studies I found that religion is about much more than a set of beliefs and doctrines, that it is fundamentally a way to return to the source. At the same time I was beginning to practice yoga and understanding that a physical practice could do the same.
I see the body as the fundamental connection to the natural world, both to the organisms of nature and to the nature of our mind which is inherently intelligent, warm, and useful. When I teach yoga and other forms of movement, my underlying desire is to help reconnect my students with the nature of their bodies and the nature of their minds. In order to do so I draw from a variety of traditions which include but are not limited to:
- Hatha Yoga
- Vinyasa Yoga
- Zen Meditation
- Tibetan-Style Energy Work
- Movement Games and Improvisation
My training has been quite diverse. The most depth has been with yoga since 2004 and teaching since 2009. My most significant yoga teachers include Will Walter, Kim Manfredi, Dharma Mittra, Nevine Michaan, Alex Auder, and Marcy Vaughn.
Other forms that I’ve learned have been transmitted to me by Ido Portal through Johnny Sapinsoso, Zack Finer, and Joseph Bartz. I’ve also done intensive work with Tom Weksler, Ron Wood, Vince Johnson, Lin Junming, Andy Taylor, Stany Mallet, Yann Hnautra, Rafe Kelley, and Yuri Marmstein, to name a few.
I encourage anyone who is interested in sincerely pursuing growth and freedom to join me for a class.