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I am located in New York and travel to teach throughout the greater New York Metro Area, including Rockland, Westchester and surrounding counties, as well as New England and the Mid-Atlantic areas. I also have a base in New Mexico.
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"At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is..."
- T.S. Eliot
I first discovered the path of yoga through poetry. Through poets singing about human experiences too big and too deep to be fully encompassed by words, the words rather pointing the way through their artful resonance towards something infinitely moving and beautiful.
I was on a search for this in my early adulthood. Over my desk I kept a line of poetry that stood in for what I didn’t know. In my pocket, I had a scrap of paper with a line I had read somewhere, outside the context of organized religion, “Where can thee turn if not to the inner light?” It wasn’t until I took my first yoga class that I heard something in the words of the teacher, a certain perspective on life that resonated. A few years later, in 1995, I became a yoga teacher, drawn by the joy and transformative capacity of the movement, for sure, but even more, by my desire to somehow get at the heart of things.
I dove into the Bhagavad-Gita, Classical Yoga, and especially the Shaiva-Shakta Yoga tradition, so famous for its source teachings on mantra and the house-holder practices of deep meditation, which allow any human being to walk the path of yoga and receive its full fruits, even as one remains very much engaged in the world, is in fact leveraged in one’s action and fulfillment in the world.
But here was the rub: While I was receiving tremendous inspiration from my yoga practice, my teaching and my studies, none of this was fully translating into my actual experience. How? When would the fruit begin to ripen? It felt like something was missing. It was at this point in my life, in 2008, that I had the good fortune to meet Paul Muller-Ortega and to learn Neelakantha Deep Meditation. I discovered that missing link within myself. In 2016, to my great joy I became an Acharya.
At heart I am a student, but I am also a teacher. My greatest fulfillment is to share this precious knowledge and potent prescription for practice with others. It’s a knowledge that really by right belongs to everyone. It is so simple and natural, giving every human being the key to their own castle’s keep and the treasure contained within.