In my mid-20s, I was searching for something, but I wasn’t sure what. I knew I was looking for a combination of spirituality and physical exercise, but I was having trouble defining what I was searching for, let alone finding it! I would go out most weekends and dance, letting my body feel the deep bass and sway to the rhythm, and other times I’d take long walks, engaging in hours of quiet reflection on my life, which was quite an experience in and of itself. But something was still missing.
Around that same time, I found a book called The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda. I read it, and parts of it resonated with me, but I just wasn’t ready to commit to the full yoga lifestyle. So, I put it on the shelf, where it sat for a few years.
I met my wife, Shannon, in my early-30s, and she was all about yoga–yoga in the morning, yoga at night, yoga on DVDs, and yoga classes! I eventually decided to attend a class with her, mainly so that she would leave me alone. I remember the Saturday we showed up to Power Yoga. I couldn’t believe how hard it was, but also how fantastic I felt when the class was over. I kept going back–and I also re-read the book that had been sitting on my shelf, collecting dust.
From that point forward, I began to teach myself about the yoga lifestyle. I studied the spiritual, physical, and philosophical aspects of it. I eventually began practicing at the Sivananda Center in New York City, and I knew that I had found the yoga community that matched everything I had been searching for! Since then, I have completed my 200 Yoga Teacher Training Course, and I’m scheduled to fly to India to complete my 500 hour training in January. The best part about these courses was they are both 30-day immersion trainings–one in upstate New York, and one in Madurai, India. There’s nothing like living in an ashram to supercharge your yoga lifestyle!
Living a life as a yogi has helped me make sense of this troubled world we live in. Yoga has helped me cope with war, racism, politics, sexism, homophobia, fear, and hatred. It has taught me how to love myself, and how to love others more deeply, regardless of where they are in their lives, or what they choose to believe.
As a Yoga Lifestyle Coach, my goal is to bring more to the proverbial table than an average yoga teacher. Not only am I a certified yoga instructor capable of teaching the physical aspects of yoga, but I also help people live a life that is aligned with yogic values. This means that I am working with clients on what they need most. Perhaps that looks like helping a client transition to a vegetarian diet, or helping a client find a space in their home to meditate, or helping a client understand the Yoga Sutras on a deeper level.
Yoga is not about the most trendy clothing, the crowded classes with funky music to keep you motivated at your local gym, or the competitive nature many have made it out to be. A true Yoga Lifestyle is about learning how to love yourself–and those around you–more deeply. Living a Yogic Life is also about cultivating a healthy mind, embracing a sense of calm, and having the confidence to reach the goals you’ve always dreamed of in life!
Each and every person has it within them to live a yogic lifestyle, and I am here to help you do that. I know that You Can Be A Yogi, too.