To quote a wonderful teacher I studied with years ago, Yoga is like Nike: Just do it. It doesn’t matter where you come from. If you do it, you will change. It will lead you to one place: experiencing that you are infinite, eternal, and whole – not the concept of it, but the real feeling. This concept blows my mind! I teach in service to my teachers and to share and explore the magic of yoga in community, in satsang, to be able to explore this path together. I’m a fervent believer that — as we teach in Jivamukti — yoga is a path to enlightenment and connection through compassion and love for all beings.
I found yoga via a lifetime of dance and interest in all things spiritual. My early yogic studies were in Sivananda Yoga and then Ashtanga. When business trips to NYC led me to Jivamukti Yoga’s doorstep, I found my forever home. I did the 300-hour teacher training with Sharon Gannon and David Life in 2005 and brought Jivamukti back to Flow Yoga Center in Washington, DC, where we built an epic satsang that rippled out to Hawaii and Connecticut and places in between. I keep close ties to the school, our Jivamukti affiliates in Europe and hold an Advanced Certification in this life-changing method.
In Northern California I’ve taught and trained for Yoga Tree (since 2010), Yoga Works (since 2015), Napa Valley Yoga Studio, Nandi Yoga and as a guest teacher at Grace Cathedral’s Yoga on the Labyrinth program. The switch to virtual classes has been absolutely transformative. You can practice with me online via Yoga Works, Nashville Yoga Shala and Flow Yoga Center.
Sharon Gannon and David Life
I discovered Jivamukti Yoga in the late 1990s, going to the Lafayette studio on Astor Place whenever I was in NYC for work. The studio was magical, and everything about Jivamukti’s philosophy lined up with my personal and professional beliefs. Sharon and David’s dharma talks resonated so deeply and many times left me in tears. I brought Jivamukti to Washington, D.C. where our original team (me, Cory Bryant, Agatha Glowacki) built a rich satsang and mentored dozens of teachers. Jivamukti has gone on to become a global phenomenon, a practice threading together all aspects of yoga into a complete package. They are and will always be my foremost teachers.
Lee Wei Chao
I met Lee Wei in 2009 at Alonzo King Lines Dance Center in downtown San Francisco. Classically trained in his home country of Taiwan, later a professional dancer in the U.S., his classes are fast-paced, lyrical and demanding. He adds nuggets of philosophy and anecdotes about love and life, making his classes not only a visceral, physical experience but also spiritual. From Lee Wei, I learned the gift of metaphor — how to convey a technical or artistic concept in just a word or two, which has illuminated my own teaching. He embodies the qualities every yogi yearns for: steadiness, humility and devotion.
Manorama is a teacher of Sanskrit and philosophy whom I met through Jivamukti Yoga. She opens doorways to yoga philosophy and sutra study in a unique and joy-filled manner. She teaches in the lineage of Shri Brahmananda Saraswati, founder of Ananda Ashram of New York and the Yoga Society of San Francisco and a great Sanskrit and Yogic scholar in his day. She has students around the world.
I was new to California when I first met H.G. Vaisesika dasa, bhakti yoga Master Teacher and spiritual leader of the ISKCON temple of Silicon Valley along with his wife Nirakula dasi. ISV is a robust community of 400 families with year-round programming in Krishna consciousness. Vaisesika Prabhu travels, lectures, counsels and inspires aspirants all over the world. With a modern touch, he also leads lectures, meditations and motivational talks throughout the Bay area at companies such as Google, Salesforce and other giants of the tech industry. You can find him on Facebook at Fan the Spark.
It’s not a straight line, to learn German, but since 2017 my German language teacher Wiebke, originally from Einbeck, has patiently accompanied me through the A2 Zertificat and by 2021 — if all goes well — level C1. Im grateful to her for helping me reclaim my ancestral heritage, part of which is in Germany, and the other part in France.
Yoga Alliance 500E-RYT/YACEP
Jivamukti Yoga 300 hour (2005) + 800 hour Teacher Training (2008) + Advanced Certification (2012)
Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Shiva Rea (2001)
Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with David Swenson (2001)
Art of Assists Studies with Yoganand Michael Carroll (2003) + Raja Yoga Studies with Stephen Cope (2002) at Kripalu Center for Yoga
Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Lex Gillan (1999)