I am a yoga teacher, philosophy enthusiast and writer living in New York City who treads a path with a commitment to truth and liberation. To this end, I seeks to transmit a prescription of embodied philosophy, a philosophy not of the mere intellect but an integrated, non-dualistic living wisdom.
I avoided yoga for years, always finding some reason to not take the advice of my more granola friends. I was addicted to the sweat, the adrenaline, the gym and thought yoga was for lazy hippies. In 2005, I landed in my first yoga class in Seattle, where I’m from. After that first hour and a half, the seed was planted. I felt intoxicated by the sense of calm and ease that followed my practice and gradually dropped my gym workouts for more yoga.
As it tends to happen with so many others, yoga did its work on my subtle body and transformed my emotional habits. Once an aggressive cynic militant in conversation, I slowly found myself with less reasons for anger, less excuses for my political rants and raves — since they were always mostly manifestations of unreleased tension and lack of flow anyway. Yoga also helped me regain a sense of the spiritual that I had lost, which allowed me to work through and transcend a history of substance abuse.
When I am not rattling on about the sweet fruits of yoga, I can be found with my head in a book or writing a paper for my graduate studies in philosophy at the new school for social research. I am inspired by the comparative history of ideas– especially between East and West– and the transformative experiences this knowledge makes possible.
While my classes lean toward a vigorous flow, I am very much committed to the meditative and spiritual possibilities of yoga. I emphasize the breath, creative sequencing and dharma to leave you feeling blissed out and renewed, and perhaps a bit closer towards a harmony with the demons that haunt you — and as New Yorkers, we all have them.
I teach at a number of locations in New York City: Pure Yoga, Prema Yoga Brooklyn, goodyoga, Kula Yoga Project, and David Barton Gym.
I am immensely grateful to my past, present, and future teachers for their wisdom and encouragement: Kathleen Hunt of Samadhi Yoga in Seattle, Ruth Lauer-Manenti of Jivamukti, Good Yoga’s vibrant Flannery Foster, and Kelly Morris, whose Conquering Lion Yoga Teacher Training introduced me to the perennial wisdom of the Buddhist and shamanic traditions.
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