- Oakland, CA United States
Alok is the founder of Rock Water Healing Arts which focuses on wellness in all aspects of life. Providing massage, yoga, dance, mindfulness, wellness coaching, and nature experiences, Alok’s passion is to inspire people to find a healthy balance in their lives through honest connection with themselves and others. Alok started his commitment to yoga in 2000 with a background as a personal trainer and triathlete. In 2004, he took the 200-hour yoga teacher training at Mount Madonna Center, which focuses on classical Ashtanga yoga through the teachings of Baba Hari Dass and his senior teachers. Hari Das is a master yogi whose silent example and emphasis on karma yoga inspired Alok to stay at the ashram and teach yoga for a year. Since then he has been back to MMC three times to assist the yoga teacher training.
For 5 years Alok traveled extensively, studying a variety of yoga styles including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, Shadow, Acroyoga, and Hatha. His classes creatively blend these styles, emphasizing the union of breath, body and mind.
After studying Thai Massage in Thailand, Alok has been offering this ancient modality while incorporating Acupressure, Reiki, Shiatsu and Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal Chi massage) techniques. Each massage is customized intuitively for the client’s needs. Embracing the Thai philosophy, Alok supports the internal balance of the body by applying acupressure to the sen (energy) lines, removing blockages to the free flow of energy in the body. With his background in the yogic arts and a degree in exercise physiology, Alok uses this knowledge to unwind both the muscular and energetic systems of the body. Known for his strong, intuitive hands, Alok encourages awareness of the breath to help with release.
Alok is a patient teacher of yoga, Thai Massage, Contact Yoga, meditation, pranayama, and nature awareness. He is happy to assist you on your way to peace and awakening to your true nature.