There are people who know me as a writer, researcher, and the founder and executive director of an international public interest research NGO. Then there are people who know me as the sweaty bendy person who does yoga, often in the back of the room, or wherever it is the quietest. Most people who know me as one thing don’t know me as the other, and that’s a pity, because the two enrich each other greatly.
I mainly practice a type of yoga called Ashtanga. I have been trained in both Ashtanga and Iyengar methods. I began my early study of yoga with Roger Cole, a well-known and generous Iyengar practitioner in Del Mar, California. I also took a teacher training course with him. Later, I did a very challenging teacher training in India. I currently study with several Ashtanga teachers, including Tim Miller, the first person certified in Ashtanga in the West, and Troy Taylor, who studied directly with Patthabhi Jois in India. Miller and Cole are considered elder master teachers with few equals globally; Taylor, who also studied with Miller and Cole, is the next generation of master teacher. It is partly a fluke of where I live that I have enjoyed such good access to significant teachers.
Yoga is an important and vital part of my life. Without it, it would not be possible for me to achieve as robust health or mental focus as I enjoy now. I work to find joy in all that I do, and I maintain a very consistent practice. I teach yin-style yoga classes from time to time, as my schedule allows. I like to share what I have learned and help others find more life and ease in their bodies.