About The Teacher

Gabriel Azoulay (Gabe) was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel. His mother was born and raised in New York City by a Jamaican father and an Austrian Jewish mother. His father was the first of seven children to be born in Israel, his parents having traveled from Morocco. At the age of seventeen, Gabriel moved to Durham, NC, and at the age of twenty, while attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a book by Tom Robbins sparked an interest in India's religious studies. His first book on yoga, checked out from the University library was Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, from there Gabriel embarked on a yogic journey that continues to this day. In 1990, Chapel Hill, NC, the closest any one had heard of Yoga was the word yogurt. Gabriel's only resource for his new found passion were books, videos and the encouragement of a family friend who practiced Tai Chi. Throughout the years he has accumulated and attended various yoga and bodywork trainings, developed and led teacher trainings, supported, collaborated and consulted on the creation of national and international yoga studios and programs. Gabriel spent almost 2 years practicing daily with renowned Astanga teacher, Tim Miller; he lived and practiced in Mysore, India for 6 months, and taught throughout Thailand for 18 months. While in India Gabriel studied with back bending master Vinay Kumar and led regular Astanga workshops and intensives and daily Yin yoga practices out of his home. While in Thailand he was instrumental in developing the first Hot Yoga Teacher Training for Absolute Yoga, Asia's largest yoga company. In 2004, he set out for Thailand to study with Thai Massage master Pichest Boonthume who became his primary teacher. On his first trip to Mysore, India he practiced and studied with Thai Massage teacher Enzo Coribello. It was during that time that Gabriel was inspired to take his practice in a new direction, which eventually led to the evolution of Thai Yoga; a yoga practice designed for two people, inspired from traditional Thai Massage. This new yogic direction became a reality when Rejuvenation Thai Massage and Yoga Center in Scottsdale, AZ opened in October of 2007. After 12 months, of operation Rejuvenation decided to shift its business direction with the creation of the Edge Body System, a unique system founded on the principles of yoga and Thai Massage that was developed, tested and applied at the Rejuvenation Center for yoga and Thai Massage. Ever the student Gabriel continues to expand his teaching, practice and learning through master teachers, books, the internet and quiet meditation. His extensive background in practice, teaching and training are well-known for their ability to enhance teacher knowledge and inspire his students' practice, skills and talent. His book on yoga, Breath: the Yogic Prime sheds light on the experiences he and his students have shared both on and off the mat. While Gabriel credits Pichet Boonthume as his major influence oh Thai Yoga, he credits, Tim Miller, Anthony ‘Prem' Carlisi, Lisa Schrempp, David Deida, Vincenzo ‘Enzo' Coribello for influencing his yoga practice, teaching and approaches to the mat.

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