A person can transform their life in a lot of different ways. Through physical exercise, meditation or spiritual discipline. Through creative expression, psychological training or a positive philosophical outlook. The wonderful thing about yoga is that it has the capacity to include all of these things. It is a complete tool for transformation.
When I started practicing 10 years ago I was in poor health, both physical and mental. I was overweight, with high blood pressure and sleep apnea. I had debilitating anxiety and depression and struggled with alcohol and drug abuse. Yoga empowered me to overcome these obstacles. It’s been a long, winding road, and my life is far from perfect, but my physical health is the best it’s ever been, my mental health is effectively managed without medication and I’ve gained an energy and enthusiasm that I never knew I had.
I’ve spent about a year of my life in India, and on the last trip I decided it was time to begin teaching people these practices that have so changed my life in the hopes that it might do some good in the world. I completed 500 hrs of teacher training and spent 6 months studying in Rishikesh, Goa and Bodh Gaya.
I’ve had many great teachers over the years; Kamal Singh, Sunil Sharma and Sharmila Desai in india; Janice DeFilippi, Mike Dynie and Stephanie Tencer in Canada, and it is a great honor to pass down some of the wealth of knowledge and experience they have passed down to me.