I began my yoga journey with San Francisco's own Rusty Wells. At the end of my first class I was drenched in sweat and tears were streaming down my face. I realized that something had shifted. Over the next two years. the practice of yoga-- in all its depth, complexity and beauty, became, and remains to this day my daily work and offering. The yoga mat became a sanctuary and a teacher for me-- a parent, a brother, a friend, a stranger, a lover, a warm embrace, even a smack across the head. The practice let me clearly see what was going on inside, the clear skies and the turbulent seas. But isn't this the nature of our experiences? Highs and lows, love and loss, smiles and tears, deep suffering and immense joy. It's all part of this experience we call life. The yoga mat is like a mirror, reflecting back everything that is swirling around in our minds, bodies and hearts. So I keep listening, watching and learning about myself through this practice to keep expanding and becoming more authentically me. Now I encourage those who join me on these journeys to do (or keep doing) the same-- learning, growing and surrendering, letting go of the old stories and beginning anew.
After some time of dedicated daily practice, I signed up for my first Bhakti Flow teaching training. Soon after, I realized it was time to leave my day job, sell everything and travel through India and South East Asia for a year teaching/learning/backpacking/practicing/sipping tea/petting dogs. And what an adventure it was! Travel inspires and awakens us like nothing else in the world. Now that I am back in the sweet dynamic city of San Francisco, I feel grateful to be able to assist my teachers Rusty Wells and Janet Stone in their classes and trainings, and also to be able to share this expression (and remember it's just one) of the practice of yoga with YOU!
In my free time, you can find me motorcycling around San Francisco petting sweet dogs (ideally puppies). enjoying parks, cafes and warm yoga studios, designing clothing for BetaBrand, and crafting awesome events and retreats for YOU! Most of all though though, I love spending time with my sweet parents on their houseboat in Sausalito!
Most importantly I offer all of my efforts to the teachers in my life. Here is the sanskrit prayer to teachers...
Om Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Guru Devo Maheshvara Guru Saakshaat Param
Brahma Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah
I bow and offer these efforts to all teachers:
To the teacher that has brought me here,
To the teacher that is here and keeps me here,
To the teacher who guides me in the most challenging of times, helping me to make peace with uncertainty in this life,
To the teacher of what is True,
To the teacher who lives within all forms, yet who is beyond form, beyond this
I bow my head humbly forward and offer all of my efforts to the The One, to the heart, to the breath of the Beloved.
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