E-RYT 500 certified yoga teacher, YACEP
Since childhood, I have pursued the growth and development of both mind and body in what started with a deep empathy for nature and an interest in the martial arts. After reaching a second degree black belt in Taekwondo in my youth (with ATA/Taekwondo America), I went on to teach as an assistant, and many years later found Capoeira where I trained and taught with the Canto Do Galo group (of the American Capoeira Association) in Boulder/Denver, Colorado (2000-2004). My interest in the exploration of the self, led me to meditation back in 1993, further opening the doors to yoga and healing. I began my study of various forms of yoga in 1998, later receiving my teaching certification in Nasik, India in Classical Yoga (the original 8-limb practice outlined by Patanjali). I have received formal training in the Satyananda method of yoga nidra, Swami Rama method of yoga nidra, Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra, Richard Miller’s iRest Yoga Nidra and have completed my 300hr teacher training through Rod Stryker’s ParaYoga. I began exploring reiki as a natural method of healing in 2001 and became a Reiki Master in the Mikao Usui tradition in 2006. My yoga and meditation classes (a fusion of hatha and vinyasa) seek to incorporate the holistic practice of yoga illuminating the transcendent element of yoga’s deeply spiritual origin. I co-lead and teach in 200hr and 300hr trainings around Denver. My time off the mat is usually spent immersed in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains or in my musical passions of DJing, the production of ethnic-electronic music, and the exploration of trance-dance all as methods for healing, expression, and self-realization.
The approach I take to my practice is an expression of my commitment to my approach to life. I believe this human experience is only fully and truly embraced when from both the personal and transpersonal perspectives (doing and Being). By developing increasing levels of self-awareness and skillfulness we are empowered with the tools and wisdom for aiding in the evolution of the collective. Through a balance of personal practice and the promotion of knowledge sharing, we can amplify our abilities to heal ourselves, each other, and the world around us. Our collective efforts are what will ultimately propel the development of elevated levels of human communication and awareness, allowing us to transcend and liberate from that which illudes and separates us.
“As long as one struggles to use yoga to improve his life, he never finds yoga. It is only when one is prepared to use his life for the purpose of yoga that he discovers its stunning realities.”
– Yoga Manmoyanand
My teachers and primary inspirations include Rod Stryker, Richard Freeman, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Kamini Desai, John Vosler, Richard Miller, Indu Arora, Lee Kaiser, (Indirect teachers) S.N. Goenka, Eckhart Tolle, Rupert Spira, Swami Rama, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Patanjali.